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.

2017 Castle Singers/Kammerstreicher Southeast Tour

Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
The Grand Theater
26 N 6th St.
Keokuk, IA 52632
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Saturday, Feb 11, 7:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
1199 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Free will offering

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Featuring the Rock Island Orchestra Disney Ensemble, Katie Benson, conductor
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Saturday, Feb. 25. 7:30 p.m.
Centenary United Methodist Church
301 N 7th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Featuring the Northview High School Advanced Choir; Brenda Buchanan, conductor

Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
Ascension Lutheran Church
13725 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245
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Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
731 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.
University Lutheran Church
1826 W University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32603

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Worship at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
777 Mooring Line Drive
Naples, FL 34102

Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ
2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Lamb of God Lutheran Church
901 Scenic Highway
Haines City, FL 33844

Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m.
St. Philip Lutheran Church
1050 Boyd Drive
Mount Dora, FL 32757
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Saturday, April 8, 4 p..m.
Home Conccert
Wartburg Chapel

2017 Wind Ensemble Tour

Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Arcadia Historical Society
401 S. Washington St.
Arcadia, WI 54612

Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.
Home Concert
Neumann Auditorium

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
601 Milwaukee St.
Charles City, IA 50616

Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Robert Blue Middle School Auditorium
Featuring the Eagle Grove High School Band
1015 NW Second St.
Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Colo-NESCO High School
Featuring the Colo-NESCO High School Band
919 West St
Colo, IA 50056

Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Assumption High School
1020 W. Central Park Ave.
Davenport, IA 52804

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
204 N 10th St
Watertown, WI 53094

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
204 S. Grant St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Friday, April 28 7:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of Atonement
909 E Main St
Barrington, IL 60010

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Clear Creek Amana High School
Featuring the Clear Creek Amana High School Band
551 W Marengo Rd
Tiffin, IA 52340
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Sunday, April 30, 3 p.m.
Jesup High School
Featuring the Jesup High School Band
531 Prospect Street
Jesup, IA 50648

 2017 Wartburg Choir International Tour

Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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Saturday, March 25, 2:30 p.m.
Featuring Valley Singers of Valley High School
Haley Gibbons, conductor
Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Avenue
Clive, IA  50325

Sunday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
Featuring Mount Vernon High School Concert Choir
Thad Wilkins, conductor

St. John’s Catholic Church
212 7th St SE
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Sunday, April 9, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel

Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m.
Wittenberg, Germany

Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Stadtkirche Service
Wittenberg, Germany

Sunday, April 30, 6 p.m.
Leipzig, Germany

Monday, May 1, 6 p.m.
St. Laurentius Church
Neuendettelsau, Germany

Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m.
Windsbacherchor Exchange Concert
Neuendettelsau, Germany

Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
St. Veitskirche
Leipheim, Germany

Thursday, May 4, 6 p.m.
Wartburg Castle Service
Eisenach, Germany

Thursday, May 4, 9 p.m.
Eisenach, Germany

Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Wartburg Castle
Eisenach, Germany

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.    
Erfurt, Germany

Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m.    
Market Square Worship Service
Eisenach, Germany

Tuesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Öhringen, Germany

Thursday, May 11, 12:15 p.m.
St. Giles
Edinburgh, Scotland

Saturday, May 13, TBD
Clark Memorial Church
Largs, Scotland

Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.
Clark Memorial Church
Largs, Scotland

Monday, May 15, 1:15 p.m.
St. Anne’s Cathedral
Belfast, Ireland

Tuesday, May 16, 4 p.m.
St. Canice’s Cathedral
Kilkenny, Ireland

Thursday, May 18, 1 p.m.
St. Fin Barres Cathedral
Cork, Ireland

Sunday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Mass in Galway, Ireland

Sunday, May 21, 8 p.m.
Concert Location TBD
Galway, Ireland

Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Dublin, Ireland

St. Elizabeth Chorale Concerts

Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Messiah Lutheran Church
2411 West Ave.
Burlington, IA 52601

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

Ritterchor Concerts

Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m.
“The Glory of Freedom: A Concert to Honor Our Veterans”
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
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Sunday, April 2, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel

Kantorei Concerts

Saturday, March 25, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 9:15 a.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Sunday, April 2, 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