ST. ELIZABETH CHORALE

The Wartburg College St. Elizabeth Chorale is a 60-voice women’s choir. The group performs a variety of treble literature from different historical periods in music, singing both accompanied and acappella selections for events on and off campus, including Wartburg’s annual Christmas with Wartburg. In 2004, the chorale was a featured group at the North Central Division of the Music Educators National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The St. Elizabeth Chorale takes its name from a famous resident of the college’s namesake, the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Elizabeth (1207-1231) lived at the castle as the wife of a Thuringian landgrave. Inspired by the teachings of her contemporary, St. Francis, she left the castle after her husband’s death and became Germany’s first female Franciscan. She was canonized in 1235.

During St. Elizabeth’s time at the castle, she carried on an active ministry to the less fortunate. According to legend, she smuggled bread from the castle kitchen for the poor. Because the practice was forbidden, she hid the food in her robe. On one such trip, suspicious courtiers accosted Elizabeth and demanded that she open her robe. When she complied, roses had appeared in place of the bread. Today, Wartburg College hosts a service week dedicated to her memory, and roses are a college symbol of service and faith.

SAMPLE VIDEOS

2017-18 MEMBERS

Soprano I
Jacque Batz, Sac City
Sadie Eitemiller, Wagner, S.D.
Shayna Engelhardt, Allison
Julia Evans, Kasson, Minn.
Eleanor Fiedler, Minnetonka, Minn.
Hannah Gershenoff, Vail, Colo.
Nicole Giesemann, Bellevue
Jennifer Greve, Auburn
Amelia Hansen, Whittemore
Hannah James, Rochester, Minn.
Morgan Kelley, Reinbeck, IA
Allison Kuehn, Champlin, Minn.
Emily Majerus, Stewartville, Minn.
Caitlyn Owen, Forest City
Grace Pistek, Plymouth
Lexi Retz, Runnells
Ellie Roquet, Johnston
Megan Russell, Underwood
Abree Russell, Appleton, Wis.
Elissa Shipp, Waverly, Iowa
Kimberley Strobel, Owatonna, Minn.
Alexis Swain, St. Peters, Mo.
Lindsay Tufts, Bondurant
Autumn Voyles, Kenosha, Wis.
Sydney Warner, Kenyon, Minn.
Smanatha Wieland, Dubuque

Soprano II
Michelle Ankrum, Marshalltown
Mackenzie Behney, Kearney, Mo.
Alivia Berger, Postville
Noelle Berst, Waucoma
Kaitlyn Coleman, Chicago, Ill.
Bryn Davies, Solon
Courtney Deutmeyer, Worthington
London Dodd, Janesville
Amanda Ferry, Badger
Megan Garrard, Plover
Emily Grav, Austin, Minn.
Sarah Gruman, Harpers Ferry
Alyssa Hatland, Estherville
Theresa Havlik, New Hampton
Natalie Henriksen, Armstrong
Madelyne Iverson, Allen, Texas
Harlie Jacobsen, Rockford
Cayley Jameson, Mankato, Minn.
Alyssa Klaas, Britt
Olivia Klaas, Ankeny
Lexie Kuehl, Des Moines
Abby McKee, Hampton, Iowa
Victoria Miceli, Waukee
Kale Myers, Ankeny
Savannah Nichols, Arvada, Colo.
Sae Niimura, Saitama, Japan
Juliana Pelaez Des Plaines, Ill.
Kim Schlesinger, Princeton, Ill.
Rose Schroeder, Prior Lake, Minn.
Theresa Scragg, Loveland, Colo.
Nikolai Sharon, Stratford, Wis.
Olivia Tangren, Lonsdale, Minn.
Sara Thibault, Prior Lake, Minn.
Kelsi Tidwell, Marion
Gema Villanueva, Columbus, Neb.

Alto I
Mattie Barr, Soldiers Grove, Wis.
Kelsey Betterton, Atkins
Bergan Blommers, Manchester
Sofia Bouffard, Cedar Rapids
Nora Brown, Woodstock, Ill.
Maddy Carroll, Bettendorf
Amanda Darrow, State Center
Lindsay Davis, Eagle Grove
C.C. Dykstra, Aurora, Ill.
Linzee Espensen, West Branch
Danielle Gerlach, Cedar Rapids
Katherine Hull, Fairfield
Faith Kahler, Algona
Madelynn Keller, Keokuk
Parry Larson, Cologne, Minn.
Lyric Lekander, Mahtowa, Minn.
Megan Malaski, Lindstrom, Minn.
Linda Neely, Iowa Falls
Hailey Nelson, Davenport
Megan Offerman, Manchester
Natalie Peyton, Marion
Kayla Phelps, Tipton
Jacqueline Polglaze, Janesville, Wis.
Cheyanne Saddler, Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Natalie Shroyer, Owatonna, Minn.
Madison Stirling, Clarksville
Gale Trimble, Ankeny
Johanna Vander Wilt, Eldora
Jennifer Wiley, Denver
Sarah Yotter, Mendota Heights, Minn.

Alto II
Erin Ackman, Owatonna, Minn.
Jenna Brannaman, Mount Vernon
Samantha Braundmeier, Oskaloosa
Brielle Downing, Tampa, Florida
AnnElise Ender, Lake City, Minn.
Courtney Fasbender, Hastings, Minn.
Elizabeth Forbes, Palo Alto, Calif.
Hailey Franzen, DeWitt, Iowa
Mackenzie Funke, Manchester
Gabby Hanken, Aplington
Ashlee Henderson, Mankato, Minn.
Katherine Hirsch, Huxley
Amy Isvik, Jewell
Ashlyn Jelinek, Stillwater Minn.
Elizabeth Johnson, Faith, S.D.
Katie Kreis, DeForest, Wis.
Kourtney Lashley, Chicago, Ill.
Kate Luistro, Fargo, N.D.
Kaylee Michael, Charles City
Lexi Monahan, La Crosse, Wis.
Kelsey Noel-Longhorn, Hudson
Kelsey Platte, Waverly
Ashley Reynolds, Sumner
Paige Smith, Stacyville
Andrea Weiss, DeWitt
Val Wilkening, Waverly
Samantha Willis, Pewaukee, Wis.

DIRECTOR

Karen Black

Professor of Music, Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor in Organ