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This is a list of Austrian, German, and Swiss cultural and related organizations in the greater Washington, DC area, including Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Please send updates and comments about this site to Carol Traxler at

Embassies of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

Link to Austrian Embassy Embassy of Austria Link to German Embassy Embassy of Germany Link to Swiss Embassy Embassy of Switzerland

Dance Performing Groups

Alpine Dancers & Singers . Herbert and Carol Traxler, leaders, 5817 Runford Drive, New Carrollton, MD 20784. 301-577-3503; Practices and performances listed at site. Member of AGAS.

American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups (AFTGFDG), formerly North American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups (NAFGFDG).

Alt-Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein. Betty Heyman: Business manager, 1413 4th St., SW, Washington, DC 20024. Phone and fax: 202-232-5438. Email: Bill Hummel, Webmaster, or Mike Leggett, 2. Vorstand, Member of Gauverband Nordamerika.

Barynya Russian dancers, singers, musicians (New York City).

Bairisch und Steierisch, Bavarian and Austrian Folk Dancers. Herb Fredricksen, Vortanzer, 12-B Linda Ct., Gaithersburg MD 20877. Phone: 301 869-3987,

Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble - - Folk dancer performance group specializing in Central & Eastern Europe including Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Macedonia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Hungary

DC Karneval Dancers performing (as requested in advance) during Karneval/Fasching/Mardi Gras season only.

Estonian Folk Dancers "Pillerkaar". Anu Oinas, Choreographer. 13650 South Springs Drive, Clifton, VA 20124-2443. 703-222-6466 (eve); 202-458-4282 (day).

Gebirgstrachten Verein Immergrün. 5320 Clifton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207. Dorothy Kirchner, president, 410-522-4144; 410-519-5712. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland. Member of Gauverband Nordamerika.

Lithuanian Folk Dance Group, "Malunas" of Baltimore - Rytis Grybauskas, Director. Email ; and Facebook page.

Nomad Dancers specializes in Persian and central Asian dances, including Afghan and Turkish dances. Located in Arlington, VA. Email Contact Adriane Whalen at 703-799-0282.

Nordic Dancers. Scandinavian flags Contact: 301-864-1596 or send a message to . Traditional dances of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Scandia DC. Contact Linda Brooks or Ross Schipper 202- 333-2826. Scandinavian Folk Dance Group dedicated to the enjoyment of Norwegian and Swedish couple turning dances.

Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein "Washingtonia", Inc. Charles H. Volkman, president, 202-333-3374. Jutta Volkman, secretary, 202-333-3374. Vorplattler Manny Pinto. Meetings Wednesdays in Concord Clubhouse. Member of AGAS. Member of Gauverband Nordamerika.

Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Erhaltungsverein "Hirschjaeger". Contact: hirschjaeger.richva@gmail; Facebook Page. Member of Gauverband Nordamerika.

Swiss Folklore Group of Washington, DC. Contact Erwin Buerliman: 703-548-6349 E-mail: .

Tisza Ensemble. Traditional Hungarian dance and music. Info Phone: 301-929-0120 (Tisza Ensemble) Info Email: .

Verein Deutscher Trachten von Baltimore. 4410 Brittany Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 410-465-9169. Maria Klaus-Skowronek, president. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

Victorian Dance Ensemble, 2 Westminster Blvd., Camp Hill, PA 17011; Dr. Lawrence E. Keener-Farley, dance master; 717-732-5530;

Musical Performers and Groups

accordion Paul Aebersold, Accordion. Email as well as Die Zwei: German Party Music , with Paul on Accordion and Matthias on Drums and Vocals, providing "Oom-Pah beer-hall and Oktoberfest music along with Viennese selections and favorites from Cabaret and Sound of Music." Contact Paul at 202-441-7197; email or Matthias at 703-975-7249 ; email

accordion Alpenlaenders Austrian - German Folk and Dance Music. From York, Pennsylvania;, Contact Helmar Mueller,

harp Alpine Folk Harp. Daniel Jones 703-591-6581,

harp Alpine Singers . Austrian and German folk music. Singers performing traditional a cappella music sung in German, suited to indoor spaces. Herbert and Carol Traxler, leaders, 5817 Runford Drive, New Carrollton, MD 20784. 301-577-3503; Performances listed in Cultural Events.

harp Arion Gesangverein. Email: ; Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

hornBlaskapelle "Alte Kameraden" German Band (an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band). Contact: Alte Kameraden, The City of Fairfax Band Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1306, Fairfax, Virginia 22038-1306; e-mail:

hornAlte Kumpel Band Polkas, waltzes, Oktoberfest favorites, traditional German oompah music, American favorites, authentic Bavarian music; songs in English and German. Alte Kumpel Band performs dressed in authentic clothing for festivals, parties, dances, and Oktoberfest events. Contact the Bandleader at or at the website.

Terry Bender, Drehorgel [Hurdy-Gurdy]. 202-939-2561.

Bob January Orchestras, New York Dance Band Orchestra, New York, NY.; tel. 1-800 S-A-X-O-P-H-O-N-E.

cello con brio! music. Shaughn Dowd. PO Box 1589 Vienna, Virginia, 22180; 703-938-5086; fax 703-255-6462;

accordion The Continentals with Mike Surratt. Leader: Mike Surratt, 9006 Brightlea Court, Lanham, Maryland 20706, Telephone: 301-577-6488; Member of AGAS.

accordion Sergio N. Fresco (, Accordionist. Tel. 301-262-3150. Dance music. Sergio can form larger groups. Email:

accordion Peter DiGiovanni, Accordionist. Performing solo and with small ensembles. Tel. 703-242-2160; e-mail:; web site:

accordion Dixie Power Trio. Contact Zack: 540-374-9219; 540-226-1604.

Dockenspielers Band (Facebook Page). From York, PA. Contact: Kirk Frey.

accordionEdelweiss Band. Contact: William Weinig; Email: ; Telephone: 301-717-8994 or 540-347-7076. Member of AGAS.

accordion Heidi und Heimat Echo. Heidi und Heimat Echo, 12716 Torrington Street, Woodbridge VA 22192; Contact: (703) 490-0827 (work) (703) 795-4155 (cell) or email to . Member of AGAS.

Hot Buttered Nuggets. Douglas Everton, leader. Musical style is Vintage Americana. 301-860-1457.

accordionLiab' und Schneid, Authentic Alpine Volksmusik. Tom and Elisabeth, 703-606-1594;

Low 'n' Brows German Band. Contact: Harold and Gary,

accordionRhythmus Strasse German Band, James Harrington, contact, 116 Williams Street, Staunton, VA 24401; 540-885-4643 (h); 540-887-7163 (o);

Sauerkraut Band, 2401-K South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060-6662, Phone: 540-552-1361.

horn Sexton's German Band. Oktoberfest and Swing music. CONTACT: Dr. Vincent Patterson,; 301-215-9299.

hornShippensburg Blaskapelle German Band in Shippensburg, PA; e-mail:

cello Sidney's Orchestra and the Salon Orchestra of Washington. Robert J. Dodelin, President, Sidney's Music & Entertainment; 202-223-3007 (office); 202-659-3818 (fax); 202-716-3007 (cell); (Kennedy Center film clip and description.)

cello Strolling Strings. 800-293-6713;

accordion Viennese Strings and Bavarians 3. Roy Beyer, leader, 2614 Everly Drive, Frederick, MD 21701-1506; 301-668-6499.

lyre Washington International Chorus. 202-236-3743; email at web page.

cello Virtual Studio Orchestra, LLC. "Unique violin tracks for your music." Rafael Javadov, 703-877-9340, 571-314-0464,

harp Washington Saengerbund . Founded 1851. Hotline number: 202-310-4691. Rehearsals at the Concord Clubhouse (above Old Europe Restaurant), 2434 Wisconsin Avenue (except for summer break). Concerts and other events listed at web site and at Cultural Events. Current contact information at web page.

horn Wunder Kapelle. Traditional Festive German Music. Contact: Marguerite Baker, 301-962-3595.

Cultural and Educational Groups

Amerika Woche [newspaper].

American-Austrian Cultural Society. President Dr. Herbert Traxler; Managing director Ms. Ulrike Wiesner, 6518 Dover Court, Alexandria, VA 22312;

American Goethe Society of Washington, DC,, American Goethe Society, ICC 463, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057. President: Dr. Mary Helen Dupree, Georgetown University.

The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia - The Nation's Capital Area Chapter. Member of AGAS.

Arminius Lodge #25, F.A.A.M..

AGAS logo Association of German-American Societies of the Greater Washington, DC Area (AGAS). Umbrella organization with 16 member organizations. Gerhard Meinzer, president, 6015 37th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782, 301-559-1944.

Baltimore Kickers. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

Blob's Park. 8024 Blob's Park Road, Jessup, MD. Closing March 31, 2014

Czech and Slovak Heritage Association, and language school, P.O. Box 20261, Baltimore, MD 21284-0261. 410-435-1317. Lois Hybl, language school coordinator,

Deutscher Klub of the Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus). Faculty Advisor: Volker K. Schmeissner, Telephone: 301-864-1917 (h) or 703-845-6242 (o). Member of AGAS.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW). The FSGW hotline number is 202-546-2228.

Friends of the German School, Washington, DC. 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-365-4400. President Sabine Toureilles, secretary Patrick Zemp.

Friends of the Goethe-Institut Washington. 814 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-682-9041; Stammtisch.

German-American Heritage Museum, of the German-American Historical Foundation of the USA, 719 6th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 P: 202 467-5000; F: 202 467-5440; Toll-free: (866) 868-8422; . Located in Hockemeyer Hall, Washington, DC.

German American Heritage Society of Greater Washington, DC. Steve Hollands, president. Member of AGAS.

German European American Society of Virginia, Inc. P.O. Box 1001, Norfolk, VA 23501. Shirley Czeiler, President, 757-588-6708; Meetings first Saturdays at 8 pm, socials third Saturdays at 9 pm, Roosevelt Civic Center, Norfolk. Member of AGAS.

The German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009. 202-387-3355.

German Language Society. For German Language Society events, call 202-239-0432; or email

German Society of Maryland. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland. Member of AGAS.

German World Alliance. International human rights organization serving those whose heritage or culture is from German-speaking areas.

Germania Lodge #160, A.F. & A.M.. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

Gesang-Verein Virginia.

Goethe-Institut/German Cultural Center - Washington, 814 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-289-1200;

Heurich Foundation Museum. The Brewmaster's Castle.

Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, Rose Marie Martin, Administrator, P.O. Box 693, Culpeper, VA 22701-0693, tel. 540-825-1496; fax 540-825-6572.

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Member of AGAS.

Palatines to America. National genealogical society of persons researching German-speaking ancestry (not only Palatinate/Pfalz) with local chapters in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Prospect Hill Cemetery, our Nation's Capitol's German-American Cemetery. Located at 2201 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Regiment von Donop.

Richmond Oktoberfest Oktoberfest of Richmond, VA 23234, 804-346-8116.

Schlaraffia Washingtonia.

Society of Contemporary American Literature in German (SCALG).

The Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

Swiss Club of Washington, DC.

Tidewater German American Society. Page on Facebook. Member of AGAS.

Gelman's Transylvanian Tanz Haus Hungarian, Romanian, Austrian, Bavarian dancing in Romania, led by local dance teacher Michael Gelman.

Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, 400 E Lexington Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3556. Church Office, 410-727-3939; Pastor Dr. Holger Roggelin. Member of the Deutschamerikanischer Buergerverein von Maryland.

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