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The Municipal Male Chorus

The other day I was looking through some papers and came across a picture of The Municipal Male Chorus.  My grandfather was a member of the chorus.  I decided to do a little research on the chorus and write a blog post to share this bit of Washington, DC history.

Municipal Male Chorus WINX Broadcast Dec 1940

The Municipal Male Chorus at the WINX Broadcast Dec 1940. My grandfather is the first person on the right of the back row.

The Municipal Male Chorus was formed in the 1940’s and consisted of male employees of the District of Columbia government.   The majority of the men were chauffeurs, messengers or elevator operators in the District of Columbia government .  The director was Robert Hamilton. Mr Hamilton was also the music director at Berean Baptist Church that was located at 11th and V Street NW.

The chorus sang in a variety of concerts around the city.  They frequently performed at churches and appeared on WINX Radio station.  In April of 1941, they participated in the opening ceremonies for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Later that same month, the chorus joined several other choruses from the area to accompany the legendary Paul Robeson at a benefit concert for a crowd of over 5,000 people.

I did not find any information about the chorus after 1941 so it appears that the chorus did not last that long.

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