Et syngende folk,
A singing people,
— Motto of the
In 1845, Den Norske Studentsangforening — Norway’s first male chorus — was organized by Johan Didrik Behrens. In June 1851, the first Sangerfest was held in Asker, Norway.
As early as 1858 the first Norwegian male chorus was organized in America and, by 1886, enough choruses had been established to form a Sangerforbund — a Singers Association.
The first Norwegian male chorus on the West Coast was organized in Portland, Oregon, in 1878.
Cities up and down the West Coast soon followed suit, and the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association was founded in 1902.
The first West Coast Sangerfest was hosted by the one-year-old Everett Norwegian Male Chorus in 1903. Putting on a Sangerfest is a challenge for any chorus, but particularly so for one of the smaller choruses.
Highlights in the history of the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association include: