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.