Minnesingers Rock

On Saturday evening, the Minnesinger parent group hosted its first annual mid-winter ball and gala at the Harbor View Hotel. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Minnesingers and their director Janis Wightman wish to thank the parents and all the volunteers for their many hours of time and tireless efforts.

Winter Gala Is Benefit for Minnesingers

Time to break out of the winter doldrums and break into some fancy or not so fancy footwork. The Sultans of Swing provide tunes for the mid-winter ball and gala.

Minnesingers Holiday Concert

Last spring the Minnesingers high school chorus traveled to Croatia to perform. They have also been to Lithuania and all over Europe throughout the years. And each holiday season they travel, too, but a much shorter distance from the high school — they head to Edgartown to give their annual holiday concert.

Neighborhood Convention Welcomes Minnesingers

When the Neighborhood Convention meets this month the Minnesingers will present a holiday program preview. The convention will meet at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church at the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs.

Minnesingers Present Spring Concert

The Minnesingers have returned from their 10-day trip to Croatia with a new show for Vineyard audiences. On Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. they will perform their spring show Roots, which celebrates the African-American contribution of composers and performers, at the performing arts center at the regional high school.

Minnesingers Big Adventure

Have you made plans yet for the April school vacation? The Minnesingers have — they are headed to Croatia to perform five concerts.

Minnesingers Maximize Broad Appeal

Fresh from their triumphal concert tours of Paris and Prague, you might almost expect the Minnesingers back on Island to be busy calling their agents from moviestudio trailers. But no, they’re still the great, glowing, unprepossessing kids they’ve always been, and they put all their talent, all their joy into this past weekend’s performances on their home stage at the performing arts center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Minnesingers Celebrate Miles Traveled, Milestone Anniversary

In the spring of 1967, Tom Mills, the high school choral and orchestral director at the time, hand-picked a select group of student singers who began meeting to sing madrigals and sacred music. When thinking of possible names for the group someone floated the idea, Tom Grape and His Bunch. Thankfully, Barbara Lopes, then a freshman in high school, had a better idea: The Minnesingers, in tribute to a performance troupe of “lovers of song” who traveled throughout Germany in the 12th to 14th centuries.