1985/1986, after the initiative of Roberts Zuika,
co-operation among several Latvian menís choirs started
in Midwest America. Nowadays, every spring they give a concert
as a joint choir, which includes Chicago menís choir (conductor
Mara Varpa), Kalamazoo menís choir (conductors Roberts
Zuika and Monika Daukste Ė Strautniece), Milwaukee
menís choir (conductor Ernests Brusubardis III),
Cleveland menís ensemble TEVZEME (conductor
American Latvian joint menís choir has participated in the
Latvia Song Festivals of 1990, 1993 and 1998.
In 1990, Roberts Zuika invited Toronto (Canada) menís
choir VIESTURS (conductor Vizma Maksina),
Boston City double quartet TEVIJA (conductor
J. Ansbergs), as well as separate singers from other
places of USA and Canada to join their choir, which was
then given a name - American Latvian joint menís choir KALEJS.
On everyday basis, choirs work independently and give concerts
in their own towns, whereas in the song festivals of Canada
and USA, they come together and perform as a joint choir.
Lately, activities of American Latvian joint menís choir
have slowed down. Toronto menís choir VIESTURS
and Milwaukee menís choir have stopped to exist, whereas
Chicago menís choir and Kalamazoo menís choir are giving
concerts in Midwest America.
In the Song Festival Riga 800, American Latvian
joint menís choir will be represented by Chicago menís choir
and two representatives of Kalamazoo menís choir.