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.

Nicki Toliver

Associate Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities

Soprano 1    
Courtney Beal Ottumwa Biology
Molly Benke Cedar Rapids Political Science
Samantha Dengler Newhall Music Therapy
Rebecca Foulker Darlington, Wis. Biochemistry
Audrey Guyer Wilton Elementary Education
Carlie Lewin Manchester Secondary Education
Becca Payne Keystone Music Education (K-12)
Alexis Rios Fort Wayne, Ind. Music Education (K-12)
Allison Tomlinson Kaukauna, Wis. Sociology
Soprano 2    
Madison Abels St.Peter, Minn. Psychology
Maddie Alke West Liberty Music Therapy
Maggie Buman Harlan History, Secondary Education
Kaitlyn Davies Spring Lake Park, Minn. Music Education (K-12)
Emma Erkenbrack Moorhead, Minn. Music Therapy
Valerie Feyen Trempealeau, Wis. Music Therapy
Payton Hass Hickory Hills, Ill. Music Education (K-12)
Kate Heithoff Harlan Elementary Education
Hannah Johnson Aplington Music Ed. (K-12)/Music Therapy
Addy Kaune Waterloo History
Chelsea Klaphake Plymouth, Minn. Music Ed. (K-12)/Music Therapy
Zarah Van Dyk Pella Music Ed. (K-12)/Music Therapy
Alto 1    
Olivia Symone Bender Longmont, Colo. Social Work, Sociology
Marlee Boyle Janesville Elementary Education
Victoria Rose Dietz Shafer, Minn. Political Science, Social Work
Faith Howard Prairie City Music Education (K-12)
Carlea Jones Center Point Music Therapy
Elizabeth Koehler Bettendorf Sociology
Jessica Lohoff Harlan Elementary Education
Towera Longwe Nairobi, Kenya Computer Science
Alison Newton Blairstown Elementary Education
Chloe Nixon Madrid Elementary Education
Kaitlyn Parks San Antonio, Texas Music Therapy
Sydney Spieket Charles City Neuroscience, Psychology
Hannah Steffens Cedar Rapids Music Therapy
Alto 2    
Ryllee Barnhart Clarinda Social Work
Serena Bogenrief Sioux Center Music Therapy
Hailey Box Humboldt Music Education (K-12)
Madeline Downes Tiffin Elementary Education
Elena Downs Des Moines Music Therapy
Jennaya Everist Mason City Music Therapy
Susana Gonzalez Charles City Music Therapy
Alyson Hasner Lakeville, Minn. Biology, Exercise Science
Avery Heinzerling Mason City Music Education (K-12)
Alli McQueen Fort Wayne, Ind. Music Education (K-12)
Joy Ringwald Cedar Rapids Music Therapy
Sydney Spilker Fort Wayne, Ind. Biochemistry
Cadence Stephens Eagle Grove Music Education (K-12)
Abigail Wilson Huxley English, Music Performance