Translated from German to English, Ritterchor means “Knights Choir.” In connection with Wartburg’s heritage Ritterchor seeks to honor the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther once lived as a distinguished knight. The Ritterchor, founded in 1997, now has over 70 members.

In 2010 the Ritterchor combined forces with the Wartburg voice faculty, the Wartburg Chapel Choir and Cedar Valley’s Metropolitan Chorale in a performance of J. S. Bach’s masterwork Magnificat and Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria. 

In 2009 the Ritterchor began a tradition of hosting the annual “Real Men Sing” choral festival that includes over 600 male singers ranging in age from 14 to 90 years who celebrated of men’s choral music. 

From 1998-2003 and since 2007 the group has performed in Wartburg’s annual holiday festival, Christmas with Wartburg. The Ritterchor has also produced seven compact disc recordings that will be available for purchase at the entrance to the concert venue.


2015-16 MEMBERS

Tenor 1 
Alex Astiazaran, Phoenix
Tim Baird, Denver, Colo.
Mitchell Bluml, Marion
Mark Fakler, West Bend
Travone Gray, Minneapolis
Bryan Grubb, Des Moines
Justin Ladage, Tripoli
Dylan Lampman, Bondurant
Ethan Pruisman, Mason City
Blake Shipman, Rock Falls, Ill.
Alex Shockley, Cedar Falls
Zane Strawser, Grinnell

Tenor 2 
Riley Anderson, Cedar Rapids
Matthew Beebe, Independence
Cory Brannaman, Mount Vernon
Colton Brown, Iowa City
Samuel Engelken, Manchester
Ben Klooster, West Des Moines
Jonathon Lansink, Sioux Rapids
Evan Larson, Saint Peter, Minn.
Dakota Moore, Elgin
Eric Rix, Sioux Rapids
Tristen Sima, Lambridge, Minn.
Alex Staples, Glendale, Ala.
Jacob Tessmer Clermont
Andrew Tubbs, Des Moines
Nic Vetter, Hampton
Joel Zimmerman, Anamosa

Holly Koffron, Solon

Bass 1 
Brandon Everding, Denver
James Goetz, Buffalo Center
Jake Hamilton, Algona
Jake Huntley, Dodge Center, Minn.
Sean Lancaster, Marion
Nathan Lange, Stewartville, Minn.
Colten Langfitt, Clarion
Tyler Johnsrud, Bloomington, Minn.
Shamus McCarthy Des Moines
Michael Nelson, Des Moines
Austin Pauling, La Porte City
Andrew Richlen, Ankeny
Nick Sedore Ottumwa
Bryce Shutt, Grimes
Greg Sloan, Cedar Rapids
Andy Sorenson, Janesville
Elliott Stern, Eagan, Minn.
Jordan Swaney, Charles City
Michael Zhang, Arondale, Ariz.

Bass 2
Tyler Amick, Austin, Minn.
Tyler Davis, Johnston
Angelo De Nubbila, Barranquilla, Colombia
Michael Etler, Spencer
Cole Hauptmann, Garner
Tyler Hoey, Jesup
Caleb Maughan, Albia
Evan Meester Meservey
Jon Mohwinkle, Aplington
Chris Nicolet, Clive
Ben Olson, Blaine, Minn.
Landon Stalzer, Story City
Ethan Vander, Woude
Will Versteegh, Cedar Rapids 


Lee Nelson

Associate Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting