It is a passion for singing and music that has always united the Kolping Singers, a mixed, polyglot choir of some 40 voices founded in 1972 by members of the Lugano Kolping Society. Under its current director Nikolaj L. Strauss, the choir is continuing to expand its repertoire of negro spirituals, modern and sacred music, with songs deriving from the most diverse musical traditions and in languages ranging from Italian to Polish and Russian to Zulu.

Amongst the choir’s most important past engagements, the European Conference of the Kolping Society in May 1996 features most prominently, when the singers performed on the prestigious stage of the  Great Festival Hall (Großes Festspielhaus) in Salzburg. In 2001 and 2011  the Kolping Singers went to Rome to participate in an event commemorating the beatification in 1991 of the founder of the Society, Father Adolph Kolping (1813-1865), by Pope John Paul II.  Also, in 2001, the choir sang in the presence of the Pontiff, in a crowded St Peter’s Square, and, ten years later in the Paul VI Hall. There choir also regularly participates in other events, including Expo 02 and the Swiss Choir Festival in Weinfelden in 2008.

But man does not live by singing alone, and solidarity and social and recreational elements figure largely in the choir's outlook, as witnessed by the charity concert with which the Kolping Singers celebrated their 40th anniversary.

With such strong ties to bind them, the Kolping Singers' adventure continues with deep passion and joy.