San Diego Mannskor

San Diego, CA

San Diego Mannskor with our Director Joyce Olsen

Front Row: Bjarne Anthonsen, Sig Stautland, Jon Holmerud, Gordon Jensen, Jerry Lysne.

Back Row: Chuck Hansen, Roy Tobin, Maury Lee, Erling Nyhammer, Sven Olsen, Phil Overlund

The San Diego Mannskor is one of the more recent member choruses in the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association. While the PCNSA has now existed for 108 years, the San Diego Mannskor was founded in 1993.

The Mannskor immediately hosted a Sangerfest in San Diego in 1996.

Since then the organization has enjoyed the support of local Norwegian organizations and individuals interested in preserving it as a cultural tradition and participant in activities such as Sons of Norway Lodges, Den Norske Fiskeklubben (Fish Club), The Balboa Park House of Norway as well as other performances.

Venues for our performances include churches, the Brain Injury Foundation, special events at San Diego State University, Veterans Memorial Center, retirement homes, and the Balboa Park December Nights celebration over the Christmas holiday. That event draws weekend attendance of over 100,000 for the variety of activities including the various country's houses including the House of Norway.

While our Mannskor is while relatively small in numbers, we traditionally have a high level of participation in the annual Sangerfest and look forward to the 2010 Sangerfest in Salem.

Chuck Hansen and Sig Stautland show off the new Mannskor red shirts just received for informal events. The question being pondered is whether or not the fish chowder will be as readily attracted to red shirts as it is to red neckties in a more formal dress setting!

We encourage membership and believe our singers enjoy the camaraderie and musical experience. Our music is a mix of traditional Norwegian songs, Americana, spirituals and show tunes. Certainly, it is not necessary to be Norwegian to participate. The main ingredient that a singer needs to bring is love of music and a desire to learn and work toward excellence in what we do as a male chorus.


Our rehearsals are held in the
Music Room of the Calvary Lutheran Church
located at 424 Via De La Valle in Solana Beach, CA 92075.

Rehearsals are held on Monday nights, from September to June. They begin at 7:00 PM and end at 8:30.

On the first Monday of each month, the rehearsal is held at Valhall Lodge beginning at 5:30 PM.

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San Diego Mannskor officers and director at our Mannskor performance for Syttende Mai, in the House of Nations area of Balboa Park. The House of Norway is in the background.

Left to right; Jon Holmerud, secretary; Sig Stautland, vice-president; Joyce Olsen, director; Sven Olsen, president; and Erling Nyhammer, treasurer

Joyce & Sven

For several years now Joyce Olsen has directed the San Diego Mannskor. Her professional background and musical expertise and experience have raised performances of the chorus to levels not dreamed possible at one time. She continually strives for improvement, never settling for what is "just okay"! Joyce arranges music to fit the group; this means it is usually music for which male chorus parts and lyrics arrangements did not previously exist.

Sven Olsen is part of the "Olsen package." He brings an excellent bass voice, helps organize many aspects of our activity including arranging performances. He is also now president of the San Diego Mannskor.

Our participation is pleasurable and significantly enhanced as a result of the labor of love bestowed upon the Mannskor by Joyce and Sven.