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.


2020-21 MEMBERS

Tenor 1
Britt Avery, Story City
Adam Dettmer, Mason City
KeVon Edwards, Webster City
Quinn Graber, Luverne, Minn.
Henry Hahn, Lamont
Dominic Hanson, La Farge, Wis.
John Hoehn, Waseca, Minn.
Jared Knapp, Humboldt
Max Miller, Spirit Lake
Marcus Ortiz, Solon
Ethan Peter, Stewartville, Minn.
Keegan Pippett, Le Mars
Kobe Schmuecker, Atkins
Hayden Stone, Woodland Park, Colo.
Thomas Supper, Norwalk

Bass 1
Thomas Allen, Keokuk
Theo Herbst-Ulmer, Algona
Zach Hiney, Ankeny
Kyle Hoffman, Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Tate Jones, New London
Alex Kooker, Iowa City
Tryston Locke, Mount Vernon
Riordan Lujano, Washington
Jonah Macejkovic, Baxter, Minn.
Connor Myers, Mount Vernon
Noah Peyton, Marion
Henry Powers, Dysart
Elijah Price, Grimes
Jack Radke, Princeton, Minn.
Grant Roedel, Loyal, Wis.
Ethan Shawgo, Nevada
Nathan Shultz, Charles City
Andrew Tomlinson, Kaukauna, Wis.
Nick Van Laningham, Kenosha, Wis.
Rece Vining, Bettendorf

Tenor 2
Samuel Bast, Waverly
Da Quevion Burke, Waterloo
Levi Capesius, Algona
Ty Fall, Mount Vernon
Joey Gutzmann, Fond du Lac, Wis.
Richard Herra, Elburn, Ill.
Ethan Lambert, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Daniel Miller, Carroll
James Mossman, Winthrop
Josh Nemitz, Toddville
Chandler Njus, Fredericksburg
Ben Peters, Storm Lake
Aaron Rothfusz, Atlantic

Bass 2
Grant Berends, Roland
Hugh Brown, Iowa City
Sean Carroll, Phoenix, Ariz.
Eric Dowe, Story City
Joshua Hamlyn, Waterloo
Weston Helgerson, Elkader
Derek Jordan, Mount Vernon
Reed Monson, Greenwood, S.C.
Daniel Novotney, Rockwell
Nathan Onsgard, Stewartville, Minn.
Olajuwon Osinaike, Chicago, Ill.
Maxwell Weber, Manchester

Hugh Brown, accompanist, Iowa City


Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting