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Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus

East Greenbush, New York


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New Members Are Welcome
ability to read music not required

Bruce J. Wagner
Herb Lange
Peter Larson
Carl Eno
Jim Goold
Day and time:
Mondays, 7:30 to 9 pm
Community Congregational Church, 221 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
Rehearsals begin the first Monday after Labor Day for the winter concert (first Sunday in December). Rehearsals for the spring concert (third Saturday in May) begin the first Monday in January.
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Hendrick Hudson Disbands
Message from the President


In January, 2017, the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus suspended regular rehearsals, planning to reconvene in September 2017. Membership in the chorus had been dwindling owing to the departure of members to warmer climates, illnesses, and deaths of others. Efforts to rebuild the membership during the summer of 2017 were not successful. On September 25, 2017, in our 50th year, the remaining members voted to cease operation.

The men whose voices and support brought joy to our community wish to thank our spouses and loyal followers for their participation. Our thanks also to the conductors and accompanists who spent so many hours sharing their time and talents with us.  We will miss the comradeship that male singing brings to all who participate.

The Chorus has an extensive library of music we wish to share. If you would like to receive a copy of the library and perhaps obtain music for your group, contact Peter Larson at pflarson@nycap.rr.com.

About Us
The Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus performs throughout the Capital District and each December presents a holiday concert at the Community Congregational Church of Clinton Heights, its current rehearsal site. In addition, HHMC gives an annual spring concert in May.

The chorus performs in a wide variety of musical genres, including sacred, classical, spiritual, theater and film, folk, popular, and operetta.  

HHMC was founded in 1968 by Edward VanKampen as the Cordial Greens Men's Glee Club, the name referring to the country club where the group rehearsed and often performed for the first 15 years of its existence.  The name was changed to the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus in 1984. Previous conductors include Donald Clair, Theodore Grab, Robert Claus, Bruce Wagner, and David Lance.

An active member of the Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association, the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus has participated in each of the association's biannual massed concerts. HHMC hosted the 56th massed concert in April 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush. Participating along with HHMC were the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, the Catskill Glee Club, and the Mendelssohn Club of Kingston.

HHMC is also represented in the Yankee Male Chorus, which performs annually in Vermont and New Hampshire in August.

Hendrick's Crew 

For more than 24 years, small-group singing has been a tradition in the HHMC, in the a cappella style of such well-known college ensembles as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Cornell Hangovers, and Colgate Thirteen. 

At its inception, the HHMC a cappella group was known as The Trio, which in 1989 expanded to an octet called the Hendrick’s Two-by-Fours. The group has continued to perform in various combinations since then -- as Hendrick’s Six in the early 1990s, Hendrick’s Ten since 2000, and now Hendrick's Crew.  

In addition to performing at each regular HHMC concert, Hendrick’s Crew does guest appearances, having most recently been featured at the Siena Men's basketball game, in January 2007, at the Times Union Center, where HHMC sang the national anthem for an audience of 5,500.

Hendrick’s Crew counts among its varied repertoire such signature pieces as the swing ballad “Perfidia,” the barbershop selection “Lida Rose,” Billy Joel's “The Longest Time,” and the Scottish air “Loch Lomond.” Hendrick’s Crew is available for hire as public concert guest artists or as entertainment at private functions. Contact dcaneen@nycap.rr.com. 


There are currently 19 singing members in our group. The minimum age to join is 14. Annual dues are $30. Ability to read music is not required. New singers may be accepted at any point during a rehearsal period at the discretion of the conductor. 

About the Conductor
Bruce J. Wagner returned to lead the Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus in January 2011, after having served as HHMC conductor from 1989 to 2003. Mr. Wagner conducted the Catskill Glee Club in 2009.

He earned an A.B. degree in music at Cornell University, where he studied voice as a principal instrument with the late Barbara Troxell and conducting with Karel Husa and Thomas Sokol.

He is the former music director at Germania Hall, Troy, where he conducted the Maennerchor and Damenchor from 1992 to 2003. In August 2013 he returned for his 20th season as a co-conductor of the Yankee Male Chorus, which presents four concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire each summer.

He is a past president of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation and served six years as the secretary of the Conductors Club. Mr.Wagner has served as president of the Mohawk-Hudson Male Chorus Association since 2008. He lives in Schodack with his wife Janet and their two children, Brett and Sarah.
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