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


2019-20 MEMBERS

Tenor 1
Britton Avery, Story City
Quin Graber, Luverne, Minn.
Henry Hahn, Lamont
Dominic Hanson, La Farge, Wis.
John Hoehn, Waseca, Minn.
Jared Knapp, Humboldt
Daniel Miller, Carroll
Grant Olson, Story City
Ethan Peter, Stewartville, Minn.
Keegan Pippett, Le Mars
Kyle Ruckman, Fairfield
Kobe Schmuecker ,Atkins
Tristan Voelker, Manchester

Bass 1
Tommy Allen, Keokuk
Ezra Andersen, Atlantic
Spencer Barton, Davenport
Evan Brennan, Emmetsburg
Theo Herbst-Ulmer, Algona
Kyle Hoffman, Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Matthew Jacobson, Naperville, Ill.
Luis Jimenez, Kansas City, Mo.
Paul Jordan, Waukesha, Wis.
Alex Kooker, Iowa City
Riordan Lujano, Washington
Connor Myers, Mount Vernon
Andy Newell, Waverly
Noah Peyton, Marion
Jack Radke, Princeton, Minn.
Grant Roedel, Loyal, Wis.
Ethan Shawgo, Nevada
Kevin Thul, Aurora, Ill.

Tenor 2
Sam Bast, Waverly
Levi Capesius, Algona
Robert Casey, Newnan, Ga.
Aaron Craig, Story City
Cameron Corday, Denver
Michael Dillon, Washington
Brandon Lange, Stewartville, Minn.
Cesar Laria, Guatemala
Aaron Mensing, Grimes
James Mossman, Winthrop
Chandler Njus, Fredericksburg
Ben Peters, Storm Lake
Josh Pollitt, Keokuk

Bass 2
Juan Astiazaran, Phoenix, Ariz.
Grant Berends, Roland
Hugh Brown, Iowa City
Dalton Bunnell, Oskaloosa
Ethan DeGroote, Corwith
Eric Dowe, Story City
Brae Ferguson, Reddick, Ill.
Brett Guy, Ankeny
Joshua Hamlyn, Waterloo
Weston Helgerson, Elkader
John Krull, Hampton
Garrett Lane, Crystal, Minn.
Dré Moody, Keokuk
Daniel Novotney, Rockwell
Kai Oelschlager, Hastings, Minn.
Nathan Onsgard, Stewartville, Minn.
Elijah Price, Grimes
Kaden Smart, Mora, Minn.
Maxwell Weber, Manchester

Hugh Brown, accompanist, Iowa City


Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting