About

Founded in 1895, but with its roots stretching back as far as 1887, the Apollo Male Chorus has grown to be not only one of the oldest continuously performing male choruses in the United States, but also one of the better known and more widely traveled performing companies in the nation. The Chorus's diverse repertoire of classical works, shows tunes, and sacred pieces is supported by one of world's largest libraries of men's choral music.

After becoming well established as a mainstay of the music community in the Upper Midwest, the Apollo Male Chorus burst on to the national scene in the middle of the last century when Lowell Thomas invited the Chorus to perform two pieces for his 1956 motion picture The Seven Wonders of the World; its performance of "This Is My Country" serves as the background of the film's finale. The Chorus went on to perform live at the Chicago premier of the movie. In 1957, the Chorus performed as part of the inaugural festivities launching President Dwight Eisenhower's second term in office. The following year, the Chorus performed at the Brussels World's Fair - Expo 58. The Chorus went on to perform at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Canada, and the Eisteddfod International Choral Competition in Wales - the first chorus in any category to place in the top three in their first appearance. The Chorus continues its tradition of offering world-class performances in the Twin Cities and throughout our region.

The Chorus's passion remains male choral singing and its goal is to promote male choral singing in our community. In 2012, the Chorus hosted the Northstar Male Choral Festival as a way to give back to the Twin Cities community that has graciously supported it over the last 117 years. The Chorus hosted this festival as an opportunity to promote male choral music, network with other ensembles, educate, and share its mutual love of music. Over 100 young men from Irondale High School, Coon Rapids High School, Minnehaha Academy, and the Minnesota Boychoir participated in the festival with Cantus as the guest ensemble. In 2013, the Northstar Male Choral Festival welcomes the Singing Statesmen from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Not only does the Chorus wish to give back to the community, but also to its members. Many lifelong friendships have been formed over the years, while fathers and sons have made singing in Apollo a family tradition. The Apollo Male Chorus's talented musical staff inspires and leads its members to grow their musical talents and share them with others. It is the Chorus's sincerest desire that its love for choral music be strengthened by its experience and that friends and family be touched and inspired as well.

If you are a male singer and want to be a part of the history and tradition of the Apollo Male Chorus, we welcome you to join us at one of our rehearsals or stop in for an audition. Please contact Aaron James at (612) 642-1895 with any questions. We look forward to singing with you soon!