The Wartburg Ritterchor was founded in 1997 and follows Wartburg’s rich German Lutheran tradition of choral singing. Translated from German to English, Ritterchor means “Knights Choir.” In connection with Wartburg’s heritage Ritterchor seeks to honor the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther once lived disguised as a knight.

The goal of the Ritterchor is to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their musical gifts and talents. Ritterchor is open to all male students at Wartburg College. The group performs a variety of literature for events on and off campus. While working in a fun and friendly environment, Ritterchor members seek to produce a sound distinct and unique to a superior men’s choir.

The Ritterchor has been invited to be the featured choir at various festivals and concerts throughout the Midwest. The Ritterchor has also combined forces with other performing ensembles to present masterwork concerts, including J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Faure’s Requiem. In 2017, members of the group performed a sold out show called The Glory of Freedom, with Dr. Lee Nelson as director, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Ritterchor also performs in Wartburg’s annual holiday concert, Christmas with Wartburg. The Ritterchor has produced seven compact disc recordings.

Ritterchor at Carnegie Hall

Ritterchor and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall


2018-19 MEMBERS

Tenor 1
Britton Avery, Story City
A.J. Borroz, Indianola
Robert Casey, Newnan
Aaron Craig, Story City
Travis Errthum, Knoxville
John Hoehn, Waseca, Minn.
Jared Knapp, Humboldt
Logan Merley, Sheldon
Daniel Miller, Carroll
Ethan Peter, Stewartville, Minn.
Aaron Rothfusz, Atlantic
Kyle Ruckman, Fairfield
Tristan Voelker, Manchester

Bass I 
Garrett Arensdorf, Asbury
Spencer Barton, Davenport
Ethan Beck, Stroy CIty
Grant Berends, Roland
Cameron Corday, Denver
Jami Goetz, Buffalo Center
Matthew Jacobson, Naperville, Ill.
Luis Jimenez, Kansas City, Mo.
Paul Jordan, Viroqua, Wis.
Alex Kooker, Iowa City
Oliver Kuhtz, Oconomowoc, Wis.
Aaron Mozey, Farmington, Minn.
Michael Nelson, Des Moines
Andrew Newell, Waverly
Jack Radke, Princeton, Minn.
Landon Stalzer, Story City

Tenor II
Jack Aagesen, Des Moines
Riley Anderson, Cedar Rapids
Levi Capesius, Algona
Noah Crumpton, Manchester
Micah Decker, Monona
Connor DeJong, Marion
Michael Dillon, Washington
William Dix, Shell Rock
Brian Hamilton, Cedar Falls
Brandon Lange, Stewartville, Minn.
Cesar Laria, Parramos, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Evan Larson, Saint Peter, Minn.
Harley Lin, Hpa-an, Myanmar
Aaron Mensing, Grimes
Benjamin Peters, Storm Lake
Hunter Werner, Fruitland

Bass 2
Brae Ferguson, Reddick, Ill.
Juan Astiazaran, Phoenix, Ariz.
Dalton Bunnell, Oskaloosa
Teddy Flatley, South Saint Paul, Minn.
Brett Guy, Ankeny
John Krull, Hampton
Garrett Lane, Crystal, Minn.
Jonathon Mohwinkle, Aplington
Daniel Novotney, Rockwell, IA
Kai Oelschlager, Hastings, Minn.
Elijah Price, Grimes
Carter Shaull, Dyersville
Maxwell Weber, Manchester

Hugh Brown, accompanist, Iowa City


Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting