Wartburg’s three touring music ensembles, the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers and Wind Ensemble, schedule international tours every three years during the four-week May Term. The tours offer course credit as educational travel opportunities.

U.S. tours during the other years showcase musicians throughout the country with appearances in many of the great concert halls.

Ensemble Tours Contact Information
Stephanie Klemetson
Music Tour, Camp, and Promotion Manager
100 Wartburg Blvd 
PO Box 1003
Waverly, IA 50677-0903
Office: 319-352-8743
Cell: 651-528-9673 


The Wartburg Choir 2015-16

A mixed a cappella ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson, the Wartburg Choir has performed in Europe, South Africa, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Symphony Center in Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The choir was invited to sing in the White House and the National Cathedral in 2011 and join the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague for a concert in 2006.

Castle Singers 2015-16

Directed by Dr. Nicki Toliver, the Castle Singers is a select chamber ensemble with a diverse repertoire ranging from jazz to classical. Called one of the “crown jewels of the Cedar Valley,” the group has traveled to Europe, Australia, Fiji, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. The Castle Singers have played the historic Blue Room in Kansas City, Dazzle in Denver, and the Jazz Club in Eisenach, Germany.

Wind Ensemble 2015-16

The college’s top wind and percussion players perform in the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Craig A. Hancock. The Wind Ensemble became the first Wartburg music group to perform in Japan and China. Its European tours have included performances at St. George’s Church in Eisenach, Germany, home of the Wartburg Castle and birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Wind Ensemble also has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.


Click a link below for event and venue details. All tickets are general admission (no reserved seats) and purchased tickets will be available at will call. Online sales end 24 hours prior to the event. Door sales will be available for all concerts. Ticket sales and donations support student scholarships and future tours.

 2018 Wartburg Choir Tour

Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Kasson-Mantorville High School Choir
Minnesota WiFi Performing Arts Center
101 16th St. N.E.Kasson, MN 55944
Adults $15 | Students $8
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Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Shattuck-St. Mary’s Choir
Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour
515 2nd Ave. N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021
Free Will Donation

Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.
A Celebration of Song: Featuring the Wartburg Choir, Iowa State Singers, and Luther College Nordic Choir

Orchestra Hall 1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Adults $20 | Students $5
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Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, IA 50677
Free Will Donation

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Craig High School Choir
Craig High School
401 S Randall Ave.
Janesville, WI 53545
Free Will Donation

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Lyon Township High School Varsity Choir
Saint Luke Church
1500 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Free will donation

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Featuring Concordia High School Choir
Trinity English Lutheran Church
450 W Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802
Free Will Donation

Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Pioneer High School A Cappella Choir
Zion Lutheran Church
1501 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Free Will Donation

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 N. Prospect St.
Akron, OH 44304
Free Will Donation

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
5475 Brand Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017
Free Will Donation

Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
327 Woods Mill Rd.
Manchester, MO 63011
Free Will Donation

Saturday, April 28 7:30 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church
9948 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Free Will Donation

Sunday, April 29, 4 p.m.
Featuring Ankeny High School Choirs
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
517 SW Des Moines St.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Free Will Donation

2018 Wind Ensemble Tour

Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Union High School Concert Band
Union High School
200 Adams St.
La Porte City, Iowa
Free-will donation

Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, Iowa
Free-will donation

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Sheldon High School Band
Sheldon High School
1700 East 4th St.
Sheldon, Iowa
Free-will donation

Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. Worship
Trinity Lutheran Church
301 E. Stuart St.
Fort Collins, Colo.

Sunday, April 22
9 and 10:30 a.m. Worships
2 p.m. Concert
Featuring the Poudre High School Band
Trinity Lutheran Church
301 E. Stuart St.
Fort Collins, Colo.
Free-will donation

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Featuring the Denver School of the Arts High School Band
Denver School of the Arts
7111 Montview Blvd.
Denver, Colo.
Ticket information coming soon

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Santa Fe High School Band
Santa Fe High School
2100 Yucca St.
Santa Fe, N.M.
Free-will donation

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
7650 N. Paseo del Norte
Tucson, Ariz.
Free-will donation

Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View Lutheran Church
11002 S. 48th St.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Free-will donation

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
South Mountain Community College
7050 S. 24th St.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Free-will donation

2018 Castle Singers/Kammerstreicher International Tour

Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Mankato West High School Choir
Christ the King Lutheran Church
222 Pfau StreetMankato, MN 56001
Free Will Donation

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
1105 N Bequette St.
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Free Will Donation

Sunday, March 18, 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
512 3rd St SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Free Will Donation

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Mariä Verkündigung Katholische Kirche Heldenbergen
Nidderau-Heldenbergen, Germany

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Festsaal Wartburg Castle
Eisenach, Germany

Saturday, May 5, 4 p.m.
Eisenach, Germany

Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. Worship
Eisenach, Germany

Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Ev. Lutherische Kirche St. Marien und Jakobus
Boizenburg, Germany

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Vilslev Church
Vilslev præstgård
Gredstedbro, Denmark

Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Lindelse Church
Rudkøbing, Denmark

Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Sankt Pauli Kyrka
Göteborg, Sweden

Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m.
Sankt Pauli Kyrka
Göteborg, Sweden

Saturday, May 18, 3 p.m.
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen, Norway

Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. Worship
Bergen Cathedral
Bergen, Norway

St. Elizabeth Chorale Concerts

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel

Ritterchor Concerts

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa

Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1226 E. Washington St. 
Washington, Iowa

Sunday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel


At Wartburg, we believe music can heal and connect people in a way no other medium can. Ensemble tours are an important aspect of a Wartburg education.



Karen Black

Professor of Music, Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor in Organ

Craig A. Hancock

Professor of Music

Scott Muntefering

Associate Professor of Music Education / Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professor in Music

Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Jacob Tews

Director-in-Residence of Orchestras and Strings

Nicki Toliver

Assistant Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities