This thesis deals with the question whether men?s choral societies were able to help implement the national socialist ideology in the civil society of Fohnsdorf, located in Upper Styria. Based on the fragmentariness of sources, the thesis was revised and enlarged trying to focus on a historical description of events and the circumstances faced by the men?s choral societies starting from the beginning of the 20th century.In order to provide a solid body of theoretical background, the Austrian idea of associations was reviewed historically, especially emphasizing the development of men?s choral societies. Furthermore, the national socialist approach to culture and particularly music was illustrated, trying to establish a connection between the idea of national socialist culture and men?s choral societies.The analytical part of the thesis deals with the ideological mindsets of three men?s choral societies in Fohnsdorf (Männergesangsverein Fohnsdorf, Männergesangsverein ?Almröserl? und Arbeitergesangsverein ?Berggeist?), as well as their activities during national socialist dictatorship and Austrofacism, respectively. The assumptions made, were based on material found in the Steiermärkische Landesarchiv, the Gemeindearchiv Fohnsdorf and the regional newspaper Murtaler Zeitung. Additionally, interviews were conducted to illustrate circumstances and facts.The insights gained led to the conclusion that men?s choral societies had to act within a framework, established by the fascist rulers of the first half of 20th century. Furthermore, the analysis showed that a certain discrepancy arose between the national and socialist associations, which are at least true for Fohnsdorf. Finally, the thesis set at the beginning of the paper could not be confirmed fully, due to a lack of sources.