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U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants



Biography

The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force, is one of the world's most versatile and traveled choral organizations and one of a select few singing groups internationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in vocal performance. Originally formed in 1945 from within the ranks of The United States Air Force Band, the chorus is now composed entirely of professional vocalists who have come from leading colleges, universities and music conservatories throughout the world; all members are sergeants in the United States Air Force. Available positions are filled by audition only, and are reserved for those singers who demonstrate the finest qualities of musicianship and vocal production. The Singing Sergeants have appeared before every chief executive of the United States since President Truman, as well as with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston, and National Symphony Orchestras, and both the Boston and Cincinnati Pops. The group has performed at White House, State Department, Supreme Court, Congressional, Department of Defense, and high-level civilian functions. They have performed at the New York World's Fair, in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The ensemble has been featured at divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and Chorus America. An important part of the chorus' performing schedule is supporting the president and vice president of the United States, as well as top government and military officials. The chorus has appeared before millions of people in live performances and on radio and television programs. The Singing Sergeants have performed in all 50 states and 49 countries, including a trip to the Peoples Republic of China, where it was acclaimed as one of today's leading choral groups.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/10/2014: Of Thee I Sing

The nation’s armed forces have a long and distinguished choral tradition. This evening of choral music is performed by men and women of our armed forces, including the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, and U.S. Army Chorus. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants