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.

2016 Wartburg Choir Tour

Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1105 Washington St.
Eldora, IA 50627

Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Willard Street United Methodist Church
175 N Willard St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.
Wartburg Chapel
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677

Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m.
Northwood Presbyterian Church
518 Pike Road
San Antonio, TX 78209

Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.
Featuring the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio
First Baptist Church
515 McCullough Ave. 
San Antonio, TX 78215
Free will donation

Monday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
First Methodist Church
300 N Main St.
Midland, TX 79701 
Free will donation

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Glorious Saint Therese, The Shrine of  the Little Flower Catholic Church
3424 4th St. N.W.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Free will donation

Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
1515 N Cascade Ave. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Free will donation

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Denver School of the Arts Concert Choir
Saint John’s Cathedral
1350 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80203 
Tickets available here.

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the First-Plymouth Choir
First-Plymouth Church
2000 D St. Lincoln, NE 68502
Tickets available here.

Sunday, April 24, 7 p.m.
First Christian Church
2500 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tickets available here.

2016 Castle Singers Tour

Saturday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
Swedesburg Lutheran Evangelical Church1897 140th St.
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Free Will Donation

Friday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
2926 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA

Saturday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Saint John Lutheran Church
633 Willow Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Free will donation

Sunday, February 28, 3 p.m.
Morningside Lutheran Church
700 S Martha St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
619 Broadway N.
Fargo, ND 58102
Free will donation

Wednesday, March 2, 6:45 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
430 12th St. NE
Staples, MN 56479

Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave. W 
Roseville, MN 55113
Free will donation

Saturday, April 2, 4 p.m.
Wartburg Chapel
100 Wartburg Blvd.
Waverly, IA 50677

St. Elizabeth Chorale Run-Out

Saturday, Feb.13, 7 p.m.
Featuring Lyrica Women’s Choir, Noah Cornelius, conductor
Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center
519 E 11th St.
DeWitt, Iowa
Free will donation

Ritterchor Run-Out

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1212 12th Ave. NW
Rochester, Minnesota
Free will donation

Kantorei Run-Out

Saturday, March 19, 5 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Free Will Donation

Wind Ensemble European Tour

Pre-Tour Concert:
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Hillary Auditorium, Lancaster High School
806 Elm St.Lancaster, Wisconsin 58313
Free will donations appreciated

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Concert
St. Augustin’s Church
58 Jackson Street
North Shields NE30 2AW England

Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. Concert
Zeven Town Hall
Am Markt 4
D 27404 Zeven, Germany

Sunday, May 1, 5 p.m. Concert
Ev. Martinusgemeinde
Martinskirchstrasse 52
6000 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. Concert
Přerov Municipal Hall
Kratochvilova Street
7500 00 Přerov, Czech Republic

Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. Concert
Evang. Kirchengemeinde
Münchberg Stradtkirche
Kirchplatz 2-3
95213 Münchberg, Germany

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. Concert
St. Veitskirche (Ev. Lutheran Kirchengemeinde)
Kirchplatz 2, Pfarregasse 5
89340 Leipheim, Germany

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. Concert
St. Andreas Kirche
Gartenstrasse 89168
Niederstotzingen, Germany

Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m. Concert
Eisenach Markt
99817 Eisenach, Germany

Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. Service
Annenkirche Eisenach
Katharinenstrasse 6


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

Associate Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Jacob Tews

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Nicki Toliver

Assistant Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities