Honor Festivals

"Real Men Sing" Choir Festival featuring BYU's Vocal Point
Oct. 17, 2015
Hosted by the Wartburg Ritterchor and directed by Dr. Lee Nelson, this festival is unlike any other in Iowa. Over 500 male singers from around the midwest will join in a day of singing and voice masterclasses. There will be two festival choirs: one for changing voices (Grades 7-9/10) and one for changed voices (Grade 9/10-adult; conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson). There will also be director's workshops dealing with the male voice, program development, recruitment, and repertoire for your program. Students will have the opportunity to work with the internationally recognized men’s group Vocal Point in a masterclass setting then share in a concert with them. The one-day festival will culminate with a finale concert that is open to the public at 5 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium.

Festival Information (PDF):

  • Invitation Letter
  • Repertoire and Festival Information
  • Schedule
  • Registration Form
  • Manuscript- Nearer My God To Thee
  • Vocal Point Solo Concert Tickets - Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
  • Real Men Sing Festival Concert - Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
  • Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival
    Sunday, Jan. 31-Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
    Featuring Guest Clinician Ēriks Ešenvalds

    The Wartburg Music Department hosts an annual choral festival of the midwest's most talented vocal musicians. The The Meistersinger Honor Choir is conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson, director of choral activities and associate professor of music. The day culminates with a finale concert featuring the honor choir as well as select Wartburg vocal ensembles. Call 319-352-8743 for additional information.

    Festival Information:

  • Nomination Form
  • Invitation Letter (PDF)
  • Festival Schedule - Tentative (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • Order Finale Concert Tickets
  • Meistersinger Honor Band Festival
    Feb. 7-8, 2015
    The Wartburg Music Department hosts an annual weekend band festival of the areas most talented instrumental musicians. The Meistersinger Honor Band is hosted by Dr. Craig A. Hancock, director of bands and associate professor of music. The weekend culminates with a concert featuring the honor bands, as well the the Wartburg College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Call 319-352-8296 for additional information.

    Festival Information:

  • Honor Band Invitation Letter (PDF)
  • Honor Band Nomination Form (DOC)
  • Meistersinger Honor Orchestra Festival
    Feb. 14, 2015
    The Wartburg Music Department has established an orchestra festival to celebrate the region’s finest high school orchestras. This invitation-only festival is hosted by Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, director of the Wartburg Community Symphony, Wartburg Chamber Orchestra, and assistant professor of music. This year, Wartburg welcomes Valley High School Chamber Orchestra, Phil Peters, conductor as the guest ensemble. They will perform with the Wartburg Community Symphony, and international opera star Simon Estes. Purchase tickets for concerts at Wartburg or West Des Moines Valley High School here.

    Wartburg Trumpet Festival
    March 10-11, 2015
    Hosted by the Wartburg Trumpet Studio and Dr. Scott Muntefering, the Wartburg Trumpet Festival brings internationally renown trumpet performers and educators to campus for a one day festival for high school trumpet players. The festival will include a mass trumpet choir comprised of the festival participants, clinics and masterclasses with the guest artists, and a finale concert featuring the mass trumpet choir, guest artists, and the Wartburg Trumpet Choir. This year's guest artist is Tom Hooten, principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharonic. For more information, contact scott.muntefering@wartburg.edu or stephanie.klemetson@wartburg.edu.

    Festival Information:

  • Letter to Directors (PDF)
  • Registration Form (DOCX)