The Wartburg College St. Elizabeth Chorale is a high voice choir that performs a variety of treble literature from different historical periods in music, singing both accompanied and acappella selections for events on and off campus, including Wartburg’s annual Christmas with Wartburg. In 2004, the chorale was a featured group at the North Central Division of the Music Educators National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The St. Elizabeth Chorale takes its name from a famous resident of the college’s namesake, the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Elizabeth (1207-1231) lived at the castle as the wife of a Thuringian landgrave. Inspired by the teachings of her contemporary, St. Francis, she left the castle after her husband’s death and became Germany’s first female Franciscan. She was canonized in 1235.

During St. Elizabeth’s time at the castle, she carried on an active ministry to the less fortunate. According to legend, she smuggled bread from the castle kitchen for the poor. Because the practice was forbidden, she hid the food in her robe. On one such trip, suspicious courtiers accosted Elizabeth and demanded that she open her robe. When she complied, roses had appeared in place of the bread. Today, Wartburg College hosts a service week dedicated to her memory, and roses are a college symbol of service and faith.


2020-21 MEMBERS

Soprano I
Abby Adams, Chariton
Sarah Braverman, Windsor Heights
Brianna Carroll, Lakeville, Minn.
Spensyr Chamberlain, Story City
Peyton Emgarten, Casey
Bailey Erickson, Mason City
Audrey Guyer, Wilton
Tori Hofer, Illinois City, Ill.
Elizabeth Koehler, Bettendorf
Mara Nguyen, Davenport
Lexi Retz,  Runnells
Audrey Revier, Owatonna, Minn.
Savanna Richardson, Waukee
Holly Rubin, Oelwein
Amber Sweeney, Walcott
Allison Tomlinson, Kaukauna, Wis.
Jenna Wiese, DeWitt
Erin Wisecup, Ankeny

Soprano II
Megan Abens, Humboldt
Annika Anderson, New Ulm, Minn.
Mackenzie Behney, Holt, Mo.
Gianna Borer, Webster City
Marina Fredregil, lWest Des Moines
Meghan Hicks, St. Stephen, Minn.
Addy Kaune, Waterloo
Grace McCartan, Carroll
Kaitlyn Parks, San Antonio, Texas
Grace Pistek, Plymouth
Morgan Schwery, Portsmouth
Meghan Sheets, Charlotte, Mich.
Kimberley Strobel, Owatonna, Minn.
Abbey Strong, Grand Mound
Jenna Troutman, Lincoln, Neb.
Lydia Weippert, Grand Forks, N.D.
Hanna Wolke, Mankato, Minn.

Alto I
Josie Arganbright, Panora
Hailey Box, Humboldt
Marlee Boyle, Janesville
Addyson Clark, Allison
Trista Foster, Cresco
Alyssa Hoey, Jesup
Faith Howard, Prairie City
Liberty Ilg, Grant Park, Ill.
Elizabeth Inselmann, Dayton, Minn.
Amanda Johnson, Cresco
Carlea Jones, Center Point
Alexis Klug, Cedar Falls
Haley Lansdown, Yorkville, Ill.
Hayley McNealy, Hampton
Ellie Nabholz, Brandon
Chloe Nixon, Madrid
Jacqueline Polglaze, Janesville, Wis.
Kelsey Ray, Lockport, Ill.
Allison Smith, Davenport
Cassidy Staudt, Greene
Johanna Vander Wilt, Eldora
Hannah Witte, Fond du Lac, Wis.
Mikki Wolters, Ham Lake, Minn.

Alto II
Eva Brown, San Jose, Calif.
Hannah Dutcher, Ogden
Payton Hass, Hickory Hills, Ill.
Natalie Henriksen, Armstrong
Mary McDonough, Oelwein
Katarina Meadowcroft, Adell
Elizabeth Messerschmidt, Barrington, Ill.
Lexi Monahan, La Crosse, Wis.
Mary Grace O’Connor, Yorkville, Ill.
Morgan Pruitt, Clarinda
Hanna Schmitt, St. Lucas
Della Whittaker, Oshkosh, Wis.
Alyssa Woodward, Amana


Nicki Toliver

Associate Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities