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 low voice 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.

Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Ritterchor at Carnegie Hall

Ritterchor and Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall

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Sam Bast Waverly Engineering (B.S.), Mathematics
Quinn Graber Luverne, Minn. English
Joseph Gutzmann Fond du Lac, Wis. Music Education (K-12)
Henry Hahn Lamont Journalism & Communication
Brenden Hinspeter Waukee Engineering (B.S.)
Iggy Hook Aledo, Ill. Music Therapy, Psychology
Jack McInnis Le Mars Music Education (K-12)
Max Miller Spirit Lake Elementary Education
Carter Moore Mason City Music Education (K-12)
Jobey Olson Pella Journalism & Communication
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Drew Stalzer Iowa Music
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Aden Stroup Mason City Mathematics, Secondary Education
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Braeden Blake Coon Rapids, Minn. Music Therapy
Paul Brown La Crosse, Wis. Biology
DaQuevion Burke Waterloo Music Education (K-12)
Benjamin Castrey Davenport History
Ty Fall Mount Vernon Music Education (K-12)
RJ Herra Elburn, Ill. Music
Jonathan Huber Oelwein Psychology, Religion
Caleb Kammerer Cresco Journalism & Communication
Stephen Krcma Stoughton, Wis. Music Therapy
James Mossman Winthrop Journalism & Communication
Josh Nemitz Toddville Biology
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Michael Payne Adel Music Therapy
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Weston Helgerson Elkader Psychology
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