Wartburg’s three touring music ensembles, the Wartburg Choir, Castle Singers and Wind Ensemble, 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
Office: 319-352-8743
Cell: 641-420-8140


Wartburg Choir 2019-20

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.

Castle Singers 2019-20

Directed by Dr. Nicki Toliver, the Castle Singers is a select chamber ensemble with a diverse repertoire ranging from jazz to classical. Called one of the “crown jewels of the Cedar Valley,” the group has traveled to Europe, Australia, Fiji, the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. The Castle Singers have played the historic Blue Room in Kansas City, Dazzle in Denver, and the Jazz Club in Eisenach, Germany.

Wind Ensemble 2019-20

The college’s top wind and percussion players perform in the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Craig A. Hancock. 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.

2019-20 TOURS

Click a link below for event and venue details. All tickets are general admission (no reserved seats) and purchased tickets will be available at will call. Online sales end 24 hours prior to the event. Door sales will be available for all concerts. Ticket sales and donations support student scholarships and future tours.

Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community
Good Shepherd Chapel
1922 Fifth Ave. N.W.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. Mass
The Basilica of St. Mary
1600 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
Part of the Missa Choralis Series

Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. worship
Crown of Glory Lutheran Church
1141 Cardinal St.
Chaska, MN

Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring special guest, Wayne State University Chamber Choir, Matthew Armstrong ‘98, conductor
St. Mark Lutheran Church
5200 Glenn Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106

Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
517 S.W. Des Moines St.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. 
Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church
6020 Rattlesnake Hammock Road
(Corner of Santa Barbara Blvd.) 
Naples, FL 34113

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
1600 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
North Central ACDA preview concert with Luther College Aurora and Ankeny High School Concert Choir

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
300 Carroll St.
Waukesha, WI

Thursday, March 5, 2 p.m.
North Central ACDA performance

Marcus Performing Arts Center
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI
Ticket information coming soon!

Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 9 a.m.
Featuring special guest Wartburg Kammerstreicher
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church
10805 Main St.
Huntley, IL 60142

Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Wartburg Chapel

Saturday, April 4, 4 p.m.
Home concert featuring Kammerstreicher
Wartburg Chapel

Details will be added as concerts are confirmed.

Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Lourdes High School Choir
Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights
1001 14th St. NW
Rochester, MN

Sunday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Wartburg Choir Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, Iowa

Tuesday, April 28
Concert TBA
Lisbon, Spain

Thursday, April 30
Concert TBA
Madrid, Spain

Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m.
Santuari de Montserrat (Montserrat Abbey)
08199 Montserrat
Barcelona, Spain

Monday, May 4, 8 p.m.
La Sagrada Famila
Carrer de Mallora, 401, 08013
Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva
Rue Verdaine 20, 1204
Geneva, Switzerland

Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Eglise de Monthey
(Paroisse Catholiques de Monthey- Choex)
Rue de l’Eglise 3, 1870 Monthey, Switzerland

Monday, May 11, 7 p.m.
St. Pauluskirche
Von-Schilling-Straße 5, 89340
Leipheim, Germany

Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m.
St. Laurentius Kirche
Wilhelm-Löhe-Straße 15, 91564
Neuendettelsau, Germany

Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m.
Predigerkirche Erfurt
Predigerstraße 4, 99084
Erfurt, Germany

Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Festsaal, Wartburg Castle
Auf der Wartburg 1, 99817
Eisenach, Germany

Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Georgenkirche, Eisenach
Karlsplatz 99817
Eisenach, Germany

Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m. Worship Service
Georgenkirche, Eisenach
Auf der Wartburg 1, 99817
Eisenach, Germany

Details will be added as concerts are confirmed.

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Don Bosco High School
405 16th Ave.
Gilbertville, IA

Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Home Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Waverly, Iowa

Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Featuring the Central DeWitt High School Band

Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center
519 E 11th St.
DeWitt, IA 52742

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Waukesha North High School
2222 Michigan Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53189

Wednesday, April 22 7:30 p.m.
Lisle High School
1800 Short St.
Lisle, IL 60532

Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Sycamore High School Auditorium
427 Spartan Trail
Sycamore, IL 6017

Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Union High School
200 Adams St.
La Porte City, IA 50651

Saturday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.
May Term Band Concert
Campus Lawn
Waverly, Iowa

St. Elizabeth Chorale

Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Feat. Newman Catholic High School Choir
Holy Family Catholic Church
722 N Adams Ave.
Mason City, Iowa

Saturday, March 28, 5 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
400 5th Ave. NE
Stewartville, MN 55976

Sunday, March 29, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Worship
Zion Lutheran Church, Stewartville

Sunday, March 22, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, Iowa


Friday, March 27 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
1000 3rd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Saturday, March 28 (TBA)

Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, Iowa

Symphonic Band

Friday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Neumann Auditorium
Waverly, Iowa

Kantorei/Handbell Choir

Saturday, March 14, 4 p.m.
Wartburg Chapel
Waverly, Iowa

All Choral Ensembles

Sunday, March 8, 8:30 p.m.
Grant Us Peace (Wartburg College Festival Chorus)
Carnegie Hall
New York City, New York
Ticket information: Please call the Carnegie Hall Box Office at (212) 247–7800 or visit the website at


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.



Karen Black

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

Craig A. Hancock

Professor of Music

Simon Harding

Knightliters Jazz Band Director

Rebecca Nederhiser

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Scott Muntefering

Associate Professor of Music Education / Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professor in Music

Lee Nelson

Professor of Music / Zahn Chair in Choral Conducting

Nicki Toliver

Associate Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities