A year before the great Chicago Fire of 1871, a group of Norwegian
immigrants founded the Normennenes (Men of the North) Singing Society. Its
purpose was to uphold Norwegian male chorus traditions and to promote social,
cultural and intellectual intercourse among its members. Normennenes Singing
Society is one of the oldest male choruses in America.
Throughout its 100 plus years of continuous operation it has had numerous
locations to better serve its membership. From Wicker Park,
Logan Square, Arlington Heights and presently using the facilities of the Estonian
House in Riverwoods.
The Society has Hosted several Norwegian Singers Association of America
conventions and has had four tours to Norway: 1924, 1938, 1952 and 1964.
Perhaps a fifth could be in the future.
Much of the membership has no Norwegian ancestry. However, they participate
in the chorus or enjoy the social functions. In 1870 the chorus began with 28 singers.
For the 50th Anniversary we had a chorus of 95 singers and 300
The Normennenes Singing Society is under the direction of Chuck Kessell
who also serves as the music director at
St. Bartholomew Parish Catholic Church