MUSIC ENSEMBLE TOURS

Wartburg’s four touring music ensembles include the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers, Wind Ensemble, and Kammerstreicher. These ensembles schedule international tours every three years during the four-week May Term. The tours offer course credit as educational travel opportunities. U.S. tours during the other years showcase musicians throughout the country with appearances in many of the great concert halls.

Ensemble Tours Contact
Sarah Bouska
Music Tour, Camp, and Promotion Manager
100 Wartburg Blvd 
PO Box 1003
Waverly, IA 50677-0903
sarah.bouska@wartburg.edu
Office: 319-352-8743
Cell: 641-420-8140

2023 ENSEMBLE TOURS

Select an ensemble tour below for event and venue details. All concerts are freewill unless noted otherwise. Ticketed concerts are general admission (no reserved seats) and will call tickets will be available at the door. Online sales end 24 hours prior to the event. Door sales will be available for all concerts and credit cards are accepted. Ticket sales and donations support student scholarships and future tours.

Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher Logo

Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
127 S. High St.
Galena, IL 61036
Featuring the Galena High School Concert Choir
Lilly Streich, director

Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
550 Lincoln Dr.
Sun Prairie, WI

Sunday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. Worship
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
550 Lincoln Dr.
Sun Prairie, WI

Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
301 1st St NW
Waverly, IA

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St.
Davenport, IA

Sunday, Feb. 26,
10 a.m. Worship
3 p.m. Concert

Brazil First United Methodist Church
201 N. Meridian St.
Brazil, IN 47834
Featuring Northview Knight Singers and Knight Shades Choir
Brenda Buchanan, director

Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church 
908 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Messiah Lutheran Church
6670 Vaughn Road
Montgomery AL 36116

Thursday, March 2, TBD
Tallahassee, Fla.

Friday, March 3, 7 p.m.
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
3967 Hendricks Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Saturday, March 4, TBD
Haines City, Fla.

Sunday, March 5, TBD
Haines City, Fla.

All concerts will take a free-will offering unless noted otherwise.

All concerts will take a free-will offering unless noted otherwise.

TOURING ENSEMBLES

Castle Singers 2022

CASTLE SINGERS
Under the direction of Dr. Nicki Bakko Toliver, the group prepares a variety of repertoire from Byrd to The Beatles and beyond. Composed of advanced vocalists who are dedicated to exploring challenging choral literature. The Castle Singers tour the United States annually and travel overseas during the college’s May Term. Previous international tours included countries throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America, Australia and French Polynesia.

Kammerstreicher 2022

KAMMERSTREICHER
Kammerstreicher means “chamber strings” and is Wartburg’s auditioned string chamber orchestra. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Nederhiser, Kammerstreicher is comprised of Wartburg’s top string students. Repertoire includes music from the Baroque to modern day, with focus on collaboration. 

Wartburg Choir 2019-20

WARTBURG CHOIR
A mixed a cappella ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson, the Wartburg Choir has performed in Europe, South Africa, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Symphony Center in Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The choir was invited to sing in the White House and the National Cathedral in 2011 and join the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague for a concert in 2006.

Wind Ensemble 2022-23

WIND ENSEMBLE
The college’s top wind and percussion players perform in the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Prof. Jeff de Seriere. The Wind Ensemble became the first Wartburg music group to perform in Japan and China. Its European tours have included performances at St. George’s Church in Eisenach, Germany, home of the Wartburg Castle and birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Wind Ensemble also has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES

At Wartburg, we believe music can heal and connect people in a way no other medium can. Ensemble tours are an important aspect of a Wartburg education.

MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH MUSIC. WORTH IT.

ENSEMBLE DIRECTORS

Karen Black

Cantor and College Organist, Professor of Music, Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor in Organ

Jeff de Seriere

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Rebecca Nederhiser

Assistant Professor of Music

Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Nicki Toliver

Associate Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities