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 Information
Stephanie Klemetson
Music Tour, Camp, and Promotion Manager
100 Wartburg Blvd 
PO Box 1003
Waverly, IA 50677-0903
Office: 319-352-8743
Cell: 651-528-9673 


The Wartburg Choir 2015-16

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 2015-16

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 2015-16

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 5th Ave. N.W.

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

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

All concert admission is a free-will donation unless a ticket order button is included below the event. Donations help cover the costs of these tours.

Sunday, November 4, 3 p.m.
“We Will Rise” – Wartburg Choir collaboration with First Plymouth Choir
First Plymouth Congregational Church
Lincoln, Neb.

Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Algona High School Chamber Choir and the Bishop Garrigan High School Choir
St. Cecelia Catholic Church
715 E North St.
Algona, Iowa

Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the White Bear Lake High School Mariners Choir
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave. West
Roseville, Minn

Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m.
Worship at Roseville Lutheran Church
Roseville, Minn.

Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m.
Home Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Wartburg College

Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
33501 Stonehill Drive
Dana Point, Calif.

Sunday, April 21, 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Easter Worship at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
33501 Stonehill Drive
Dana Point, Calif.

Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 W Carson
St.Torrance, Calif.

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Featuring the Mission Vista High School Choir
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
1450 South Melrose Drive
Oceanside, Calif.

Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Featuring the Cibola High School Advanced Choir
Cibola High School Auditorium
4100 West 20th St.
Yuma, Ariz.

Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring The Helios Ensemble
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 East Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, Ariz.

Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Camelback Bible Church
3900 East Stanford Drive
Paradise Valley, Ariz

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Wartburg College

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.
Fall Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Wartburg College

Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m.
Home Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Wartburg College

Friday, April 26, 2:30 p.m.
W-SR Middle School Auditorium
501 Heritage Way
Waverly, Iowa

Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
North Grand Building
500 North Grand
Charles City, Iowa

Monday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium
2001 Radford Road
Dubuque, Iowa

Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Roland-Story High School Auditorium
1009 Story Street
Story City, Iowa

Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
1301 Lincoln Ave. South
Owatonna, Minn.

Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m.
Kunieda Memorial International Hall
Ichikawa Gakuen Ichikawa Junior &
Senior High School
2-38-1 Motokitakata
Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken 272-0816

Friday, May 10, 1:20 p.m.
Sakushin Gakuin High School
1-1-41 Ichinosawa
Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken 320-8525

Sunday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.
Tochigi Education Center
1-1-6 Komanyu
Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken 320-0066

Wednesday, May 15, TBD
Aso Elementary School
1234-1 Kurokawa
Aso-shi, Kumamoto-ken 869-2225

Thursday, May 16, 12:15 p.m.
Kyushu Lutheran College
3-12-16 Kurokami
Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, 860-8520

Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.
Ryukoku University Avanti Kyoto Hall
31 Higashi-Kujyo-Nishisanno-cho
Kyoto-shi 601-8003

St. Elizabeth Chorale

St. Elizabeth Chorale Run-Out
More information coming soon!

Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.
Spring Concert
Wartburg Chapel
Wartburg College


Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Fond du Lac High School Men’s Choir
Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Order Tickets: $15, adults, $10 students

Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.
Ritterchor in Worship
Church of Our Saviour Lutheran Church
Fond du Lac, Wis.

Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Spring Concert
Wartburg Chapel

Symphonic Band

Nov. 29
Holiday Concert
Waverly Veterans Post
Waverly, IA

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Midwinter Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Wartburg College

Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m.
Spring Concert
Neumann Auditorium
Wartburg College

Kantorei/Handbell Choir

March 24, 5 p.m.
Wartburg Chapel


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

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

Sam Stapleton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Nicki Toliver

Assistant Professor of Music / Associate Director of Choral Activities