The Staples Area Men's Chorus has provided the people of central Minnesota with the finest in male chorus singing for more the 79 years. The chorus traces it's origins back to a Staples Civic Chorus, directed by Lois Cruikshank, in the mid-1920's.
After a break during WWII, the chorus was reorganized and flourished in the late 40's and 50's. It became one of the first "outstate" groups to issue it's own recordings. The chorus was re-formed again in 1971 by present director Stan Carlson and has grown to include diverse members who come from communities throughout the Staples, MN area.
The chorus performs musical literature of many periods and styles. The chorus's annual performance agenda includes a dinner concert in September, a Christmas concert in December (featuring a major work every other year), performances at retirement/care centers during January and February, an annual variety show (with the Staples Area Women's Chorus) in March and completing the year with another dinner concert followed by a recording session in the spring.
The Staples Area Men's Chorus is an active member of AMCA. The chorus was a founding member of the Upper Midwest District in 1947.
The chorus is directed by Stanley Carlson and accompanied by Ted Masog.