Kammerstreicher is one of four nationally and internationally touring ensembles at Wartburg College. Formed in 2014 by Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, Kammerstreicher is now led by Dr. Rebecca Nederhiser, who also conducts the Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra. The name is a nod to Wartburg’s rich German heritage—Kammerstreicher means “chamber strings”—and also stems from a desire of the group to reshape expectations for what a chamber orchestra can be and do. The ensemble is comprised of Wartburg’s top string students, including members of the newly formed St. George String Quartet.

Repertoire includes music from the Baroque to modern day, with focus on collaboration. Highlights have included guest appearances with Wartburg faculty and performers Dr. Eric Wachmann (clarinet), Dr. Brian Pfalzgraff (voice), Sheila Benson (harp), and Bethany Washington (violin). In fall 2022, the ensemble gave the world premiere of Amy Beach’s Children’s Carnival arranged from piano for string ensemble. 

The mission of Kammerstreicher is to provide meaningful aesthetic experiences for members and audiences alike. This includes celebrating works by underrepresented composers, and engaging the community through educational clinics, performances, and outreach. Ensemble members serve as dynamic leaders within the college, often participating within the annual Meistersinger Honor String Festival and Meistersinger Chamber String Camp. Kammerstreicher performs yearly within the Christmas with Wartburg concert and gives concert tours annually, with international travel every three years.

For additional information or to schedule an audition for the ensemble, please contact Dr. Nederhiser.

2023-24 MEMBERS

Name Hometown Major(s)
VIOLIN 1    
Ashton Camper Mason City, IA Biology
Grace Schuetz Bettendorf, IA Neuroscience
Molly Buchheim Sun Prairie, WI Music
Tamara Ataya Nairobi, Kenya Chemistry
VIOLIN 2    
Paul Zelle Waverly, IA Computer Science, Physics
Avery Heinzerling Mason City, IA Music Education (K-12)
Hannah Johnson Aplington, IA Music Therapy
Susana Gonzalez Charles City IA Music Therapy
Brenna Lindgren Oskaloosa, IA Music Education (K-12)
Simone Bardawil Cedar Rapids, IA Biochemistry
Matti Brandenburg Iowa City, IA Psychology
Anthony Hobson Waverly, IA Biology
Christopher Fenstermaker Pacific Grove, CA Biology
Sydney Spilker Fort Wayne, IN Biochemistry
Nick Van Laningham Kenosha, WI Journalism & Communication
Natalie Clemen Dubuque, IA Clinical Laboratory Science
Sam Lockhart Denver, IA Graphic Design