The Wartburg College St. Elizabeth Chorale is a 60-voice women’s choir. The group 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.


2018-19 MEMBERS

Soprano I
Sarah Braverman, Windsor Heights
Gene Anne Berst, Waucoma
Jacque Batz, Sac City
Kayla Boeke, Princeton, Minn.
Eleanor Fiedler, Minnetonka, Minn.
Sarah Gruman, Harpers Ferry
Hannah James, Rochester, Minn.
Allison Kuehn, Champlin, Minn.
Taylor McDonald, DeSoto
Savannah Nichols, Denver, Colo.
Andrea Nitz, Racine, Wis.
Cait Owen, Forest City
Lexi Retz, Runnells
Audrey Revier, Owatonna, Minn.
Lauren Rupprecht, Pine Island, Minn.
Megan Russell, Underwood
Kimberley Strobel, Owatonna, Minn.
Alexis Swain, St. Peter’s, Mo.
Sara Thibault, Prior Lake, Minn.
Catherine Trenkamp, Earlville
Jenna Wiese, Grand Mound

Alto I
Mattie Barr, Soldiers Grove, Wis.
Elizabeth Barrett, Jewell
Alivia Berger, Postville
Bergan Blommers, Manchester
Hannah Boecker, Newton
Briana Borchert, Knoxville
Nora Brown, Woodstock, Ill.
Leah Cam, Bondurant
Maddy Carroll, Bettendorf
Shayna Engelhardt, Allison IA
Linzee Espensen, West Branch
Katelyn Finnegan, Otho
Danielle Gerlach, Cedar Rapids
Jennifer Greve, Auburn
Savanna Harper, Grimes
Amanda Johnson, Cresco
Olivia Klaas, Ankeny
Hayley McNealy, Hampton
Hailey Mills, Watkins
Linda Neely, Iowa Falls
Kayla Phelps, Tipton
Jacqueline Polglaze, Janesville, Wis.
Delaney Smith, Kalona
Shilah Stroud, Cordova, Ill.
Johanna Vander Wilt, Eldora
Jasmine Vandermark, Des Moines
Kiley Wall, Monticello
Jennifer Wiley, Denver
Hannah Witte, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Soprano II 
Mackenzie Behney, Kearney, Mo.
Nikki Campbell, Omaha, Neb.
Lauren Caugh, Plymouth, Minn.
Beth Congdon, Keokuk
Courtney Deutmeyer, Worthington
London Dodd, Janesville
Kassidy Downs, La Porte City
Kaitlyn Feldman, Panama
Amanda Ferry, Badger
Gabreyl Gaubatz, Mason City
Carly Girtz, Princeton, Minn.
Madelyne Iverson, Allen, Texas
Harlie Jacobsen, Rockford
Lyric Lekander, Mahtowa, Minn.
Julie Lenth, Luana
Abby McKee, Hampton
Irelynn McMurphy, Harlan
Josephene Ostenberg, Minneapolis
Kaitlyn Parks, San Antonio, Texas
Grace Pistek, Mason City
Kimberly Schlesinger, Princeton, Ill.
Natalie Segura, Des Moines
Leticia Silva, Curitiba, Brazil
Abbey Strong, Grand Mound
Olivia Tangren, Lonsdale, Minn.
Danae Taylor, Ossian
Nina Vitari, Aspen, Colo.
Amanda Walen, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Alto II
Jeslyn Anddrews, De Pere, Wis.
Grace Becker, Bloomington, Minn.
Samantha Braundmeier, Oskaloosa
Jen Diemer, Sycamore, Ill.
Mackenzie Funke, Manchester
Ashley Gonzales, Fairbank
Emily Grav, Austin, Minn.
Ashlee Henderson, Mankato, Minn.
Natalie Henriksen, Armstrong
Cayl Jameson, Mankato, MInn.
Katie Kreis, DeForest, Wis.
Mary McDonough, Oelwein
Lexi Monahan, La Crosse, Wis.
Andrea Salow, Manchester
Hanna Schmitt, Waucoma, IA
Rose Schroeder, Prior Lake, Minn.
Elissa Shipp, Waverly
Olivia Walsh, Hutchinson, Minn.
Della Whittaker, Oshkosh, Wis.
Valerie Wilkening, Waverly
Samantha Willis, Pewaukee, Wis.
Alyssa Woodward, Amana


Nicki Toliver

Assistant Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities