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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TENOR 1    
Brayden Brown Harlan IA Music Education (K-12), Music Performance
DaQuevion Burke Waterloo, IA Music Education (K-12), Music Performance
Ben Castrey Davenport, IA History
Cyrus Emami-Ahari Mason City, IA Biology
Ty Fall Mount Vernon, IA Music Education (K-12)
Amberlyn/Natalia Farrell Guttenberg, IA Music
Brenden Hinspeter Waukee, IA Engineering (B.S.)
Iggy Hook Aledo, IL Social Work
Trystin Lashley Mount Vernon, IA Music Education (K-12)
Jack McInnis Le Mars, IA Music Education (K-12)
Max Miller Spirit Lake, IA Elementary Education
Owen Pries Grimes, IA Communication Studies, English
Siwei Qiu Sichuan Chengdu Accounting
Aden Stroup Mason City, IA Mathematics, Secondary Education
TENOR 2    
Colton Abels Saint Peter MN Elementary Education
Isaac Becker Waverly, IA Music Education (K-12)
Paul Brown La Crosse, WI Biology
Brandon Burtlow Mount Pleasant, IA Music Education (K-12)
Antonio Cadena Mason City, IA Business Administration
Daniel Davis Altoona, IA Music Education (K-12)
Ethan DeSotel Bellevue, IA Music Education (K-12)
Joseph Gutzmann Fond du Lac, WI Music Education (K-12)
RJ Herra Elburn, IL Music
Jonathan Huber Oelwein, IA Psychology
Caleb Kammerer Cresco, IA Journalism & Communication
Stephen Krcma Stoughton, WI Music Therapy
Ethan Nemitz Oxford, WI Political Science
Jobey Olson Pella, IA Journalism & Communication
Gerardo Ortiz-Santos Arecibo, Puerto Rico Computer Science
Chase Potter Osage, IA Physics, Secondary Education
Brody Rogers Oelwein, IA History, Secondary Education
Holden Willrett Mason City, IA Biology
BASS 1    
Jack Dahlby Albright Grinnell, IA Journalism & Communication
Samson Buck Waukee, IA Music Education (K-12)
Tyler Darling Clinton, IA Computer Information Systems
Joey Goetz Buffalo Center, IA Computer Science
Brock Hanna Marion, IA Music Education (K-12)
Kayden Johnson Durant, IA Social Work
Tate Jones New London, IA Psychology, Sociology
Ethan Lambert Grand Rapids, MI Engineering (B.S.), Spanish
Josh Nemitz Toddville, IA Biology
Henry Powers Dysart, IA Journalism & Communication
Nathan Schindler Hastings, MN Music Education (K-12)
Nathan Shultz Charles City, IA Biology
Caleb Spires Dubuque, IA Business Administration
Carson Stetter Kirkville, IA Psychology
Gavin Thierer Cedar Rapids, IA Biochemistry
Jack Willrett Mason City, IA Religion
Jalen Wynter Mason City, IA Elementary Education
Sam Yoon Albert Lea, MN Music Education (K-12)
BASS 2    
Tyler Birch Parkersburg, IA Business Administration
Cade Boersma Indianola, IA Psychology
Gavin Godwin Des Moines, IA Biochemistry
Landon Jepson Williamsburg, IA Journalism & Communication
Jacob Mann Fort Wayne, IN Music Education (K-12)
Gavin Nolan Jesup, IA Psychology
Ben Nydegger Mount Vernon, IA Engineering Science (B.A.)
Tyler Panos Mount Vernon, IA Music Education (K-12)
Nicholas Raine Anamosa, IA Music Education (K-12), Music Performance
Letan Reed Okoboji IA Music Performance
Sam Schaefer Iowa City, IA Business Administration
Grant Schnieders Manchester, IA Music Education (K-12)
Kaeleb sickels Ryan,IA Computer Science
Andrew Tomlinson Kaukauna, WI Computer Science
Rece Vining Bettendorf, IA Business Administration
Joshua Ward Grimes, IA Accounting, Business Administration
Hunter Wisecup Ogden, IA Music Education (K-12)
Aubrey Vitense Tipton, IA Music Therapy