The Castle Singers


Hailed a “crown jewel of choral music” by critic George F. Day, the Castle Singers offer a solid program of vocal jazz as well as standard choral literature.  Accompanied by a rhythm section, the group performs all styles of vocal jazz and continually works in the area of improvisation.  Members of the Castle Singers are chosen by audition and represent many of the college’s more than 50 academic majors.   Wartburg College is the only Lutheran college with a vocal jazz choir integrated into the curriculum.

Most recently in 2012, the Castle Singers toured Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, and Paris during May Term.  Invited to perform in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the Singers also presented multiple improvisation workshops for students in both locations.  Other international tours have taken the Castle Singers to Brazil; Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy; the Caymen Islands, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico on the Holiday Cruise ship; Australia and Fiji; the British Isles; and Rumania, Bulgaria, and Greece.  U.S. tours have included performances at the historic Blue Room and Mutual Musicians Union Hall in Kansas City, Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, the Greeley Jazz Festival, Disney World in Orlando and on the Mississippi Queen riverboat. 

Chosen to perform at the North Central American Choral Directors Association Convention in Omaha, Nebraska and Madison, Wisconsin, the Castle Singers were the only vocal jazz group selected in the eight-state conferenceA commissioned work written by Craig Curry, Jazz Mass, will be out on itunes later this year. 

Castle Singers perform at events on and off campus.  The group makes annual one-week performance tours in the United States and regularly travels abroad during the college’s one-month May Term. The group was founded in 1950.