Wartburg College Department of Music

Wartburg College Department of Music


Wow what a fantastic day!! High school choir members Leo Burk, Daniel Glenn and Jamie Guild were selected to represent Denver alongside over 350 other voices from across Iowa at Wartburg College’s Meistersinger Honor Choir with guest clinician Dr. Andre Thomas. A huge thank you to Dr. Lee Nelson, Dr. Nicki Toliver and festival coordinator Sarah Bouska for hosting this incredible event.
Today, hundreds of high school students from across the Midwest will be on campus for the Wartburg College Department of Music Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival and Concert. They will work with Dr. Andre Thomas, a distinguished composer/arranger, as well as Wartburg faculty, staff, and students before tonight's finale concert.

As an added bonus, Dr. Thomas spent Sunday working with Wartburg music ensembles and aspiring composers.
The Volga City Opera House is proud to announce that talented students from the Starmont Stars Music Department will be opening for the Wartburg Knightliters on Feb. 12th! From all of us, we look forward to enjoying and supporting these amazing performers with you in a few short weeks!
Starmont Music Department
Wartburg College Department of Music
More exciting music news from our Wartburg College Department of Music. Dr. Karen Black has released a new album celebrating the 25th anniversary of the installation of the college's Dobson Pipe Organ. A CD version of "Ein feste Burg" can be purchased for $15 by emailing [email protected] or at The Wartburg Store. The album will be available for on multiple streaming services in January.
Three of our awesome students represented Denver at Wartburg College Department of Music’s Meistersinger All State Camp this weekend! They joined over 600 other students from across Iowa to learn and start preparing for auditioning for the Iowa All State Choir. Thank you to all the Wartburg faculty and staff for making this camp happen! What a fun weekend of learning and music making! Pictured: Aubrey Decker (‘24), Leo Burk (‘23), Kai Cowell (‘23), Dr. Lee Nelson (Director of Choral Activities at Wartburg College)
We've gotta hand it to the Wartburg College choir: They. Can. Sell. It. ... For today's , listen to them sing (and sign) a tune from the days before social distancing, back when they could still crowd onto risers and sing as one, unified, glorious voice. https://bit.ly/2USB7K9

Bonus: Enjoy two more Iowa choir performances chosen by Iowa Public Radio's Barney Sherman. https://bit.ly/34qwVob

Wartburg College Department of Music Iowa Arts Council
Hoping my students Kate, Alyssa, Kristin, Hannah, and Grace have fun at my Alma Mater - Wartburg College Department of Music for All-State camp which starts today!

The Wartburg College Music Department is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The music therapy majors are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The Wartburg College music faculty is committed to providing you with an excellent education and helping you achieve your goals as you seek to advance your knowledge and skill through a major in music. The mission of the Wartburg College Music Department is to help students develop technical and interpretive skills as well as acquire an appreciation for music’s intrinsic qualities in life and history.

Operating as usual


Wartburg Trumpet Choir with senior student conductor Cassie Benge at the Wartburg Community Symphony Concert!!

Photos from Wartburg College Choirs's post 04/09/2022

Photos from Wartburg College Choirs's post


Bach's Lunch is happening THIS Friday at 12:30 p.m. and we would love to see you there. We will be featuring three lovely people - Valerie Hennig, Nicole Green, and Amanda Nesvold. Below you will find a link for a livestream, as well as more information about our featured guests!

🎶Knightvision: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/bachslunch

🎶Valerie (Hulstein) Hennig graduated from Wartburg College in 2001 with a degree in Piano Performance (BM) and minor in religion. Following graduation, she moved to the Twin Cities where she has taught piano lessons for 20+ years. She played organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake for 15 years, and is currently subbing as organist at other churches in the community. She currently lives in Vadnais Heights with her husband, Andy and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing harp and taking road trips with the family.

🎶Nicole (Midtgaard) Green is a 2001 graduate with a BA in Music (Piano) and minor in business. During her time at Wartburg, she studied piano and organ, and played saxophone in the Wartburg College Bands. She lives in Cedar Falls, where she maintains a private piano studio and is a church musician at St. John Lutheran Church.

🎶Reverend Amanda Nesvold (’09) is an ELCA pastor currently serving as interim pastor at Gloria Dei and King of Kings Lutheran Churches in Huntington, New York, on Long Island. Since graduating Wartburg and completing her MDiv at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, she has also served congregations in Upstate New York, Wisconsin, and Maryland. She is an avid knitter and woodworker, and enjoys hikes with her adventure dog, Jasper.

Photos from Wartburg College Concert Bands's post 04/03/2022

Photos from Wartburg College Concert Bands's post

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Music's post 04/01/2022

Thank you to Mason City High School Bands and Orchestra for starting their tour with us at Wartburg College! Bravo to these amazing musicians. MCHS students enjoyed clinic sessions with Dr. Craig Hancock and Dr. Rebecca Nederhiser, tours of campus, and lunch! We wish you a successful tour to St. Louis and welcome you back to campus anytime!

Photos from Wartburg College Choirs's post 03/19/2022

Photos from Wartburg College Choirs's post


Join us THIS FRIDAY, March 11th at 12:30 p.m. at the Wartburg College Chapel for another Bach's Lunch! This week, we are featuring alumni Daniel Volkmann '20. You can find the link to the livestream below, and also learn more about Daniel!


🎶Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Daniel graduated from Wartburg College in 2020 with BAs in Religion and Peace and Justice Studies. He also graduated with a Worship Studies minor. While at Wartburg, he was a 3-year member of the Castle Singers and Neumann Technical Theatre Crew, as well as a 4-year organ student. After graduation, he married his wife Mallory (Wartburg class of 2019) and moved to Texas, and currently lives in Shiner with Mallory, two dogs, and a cat. Daniel is currently completing his Master of Divinity through Wartburg Seminary’s Collaborative learning program and will complete that program in 2024.


Looking forward to seeing you at the
Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher
2022 Regional Tour Send Off Performance
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Waverly, IA at 7:30pm TONIGHT!


The Wartburg College Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher will be performing a concert at St. Paul's on Friday, February 25 at 7:30pm! All are welcome. This will be their send off concert for their tour through Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado! No tickets needed, this concert is open to all. A free will offering will be taken during the concert to help off set the travel costs for students and provide scholarships!

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Music's post 02/18/2022

Bravo to the Wartburg Choir and Dr. Lee Nelson on their performance at the 2022 Midwestern ACDA Conference in Chicago!
Your artisty and message inspired all those who are enduring, all who are grieving, and all who are overcoming.

What a journey this has been, and there's so much more to look forward to! Thank you for all of your support, near and far! What a gift it was to share our music!

Wherever you are on your journey...
We join with you in your song and walk with you on your path of transcendence.


Blessings to the Wartburg Choir as they head to Chicago today and tomorrow for the great honor of performing at the Midwestern Regional American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago!
The Performance is on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 11am in the Harris Theater, Chicago, IL
All are welcome. You must check in at the Fairmont Chicago Registration desk; present your ID, vaccination card or proof of exemption, fill out an attestation form, and receive a wristband to attend the performance. Please arrive early to complete this process if you are attending the concert at 11am. Everyone must go through this process in order to receive admittance to the Harris Theater.
Thank you for your gracious support! We look forward to presenting our program,
The Path Of Transcendence!
Congratulations to all other performing ensembles! It is a tremendous accomplishment! We are proud to have 6 choirs from Iowa performing at the MACDA....Wartburg Choir, Iowa State Singers, Nordic Choir, Urbandale HS, Cedar Falls HS, and Waukee HS!


Looking forward to a beautiful day of music!
We hope you can join us at the
Castle Singers and Kammerstreicher Concert, TODAY,
Saturday, February 12 at 4:30pm
Peace Lutheran Church
1000 E. Vermeer Rd.
Pella, IA 50219
Free Will Offering, no tickets needed, all are welcome!
You can join us for the Worship Service on Sunday at 10am!

Bach's Lunch Organ Recital (Nov. 12, 2021) featuring Kaitlynn Eaton by Wartburg Knight Vision 02/09/2022

Bach's Lunch Organ Recital (Nov. 12, 2021) featuring Kaitlynn Eaton by Wartburg Knight Vision

Mark your calendars! Another Bach's Lunch performance is happening this Friday, Feb. 11th at 12:30 p.m. at the Wartburg College Chapel. We will be featuring Colleen Darland and Sarah Kolander. Below is the livestream link and the bio's of both Darland and Kolander!


🎶Colleen Darland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music from Wartburg College in 2014. In addition to working for the Diocese of Davenport, Colleen is active as the organist and Music Coordinator for Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport, IA. She also has filled roles as choir director and organist at several other churches in and around Davenport, including at Sacred Heart Cathedral, where she is often called upon to play for diocesan liturgies, including ordinations. When she’s not playing or teaching music, Colleen enjoys crafting, watching BBC shows, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

🎶Sarah Kolander is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in 2009 with a double bachelor’s degree in music therapy and music education. Since 2011, Sarah has been sharing her passion for people and music as a Music Therapist at Life in Harmony Music Therapy, LLC (LIH) in West Salem, Wisconsin. She is proud to be a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow and is the Clinical Supervisor for all clinicians at LIH. Sarah is a Wisconsin native, having grown up on a dairy farm outside of Montello. She also grew up in the Lutheran Church and has been immersed in the Lutheran music tradition for as long as she can remember. She began accompanying church choirs at the piano at the age of 10 and, having had the opportunity to take formal organ lessons as a teenager, became a church organist while in high school. She continued her love for church music by studying the organ as her secondary instrument while at Wartburg. Sarah and her husband, Daniel, have made the Coulee Region of Wisconsin their home. Sarah enjoys directing her church's adult choir, planning and leading Sunday School music endeavors, vegetable gardening, sending cards to loved ones throughout the year, hiking at state parks with her husband, and playing in the backyard with her children, Caleb (6) and Cadence (3).

Bach's Lunch Organ Recital (Nov. 12, 2021) featuring Kaitlynn Eaton by Wartburg Knight Vision Watch Wartburg Knight Vision's Bach's Lunch Organ Recital (Nov. 12, 2021) featuring Kaitlynn Eaton on Livestream.com. Bach's Lunch Organ Recital from Wartburg College.

Meistersinger Music Scholarships: Audition Information - Wartburg College 02/08/2022

Meistersinger Music Scholarships: Audition Information - Wartburg College

Friendly reminder to apply for a Meistersinger Audition as they are happening on Feb. 12th and Feb. 25th!

We would love to see you auditioning here on campus THIS Saturday, Feb. 12th in the Bachman Fine Arts Center. 🙂

Scholarships are awarded up to $7,000 annually AND are open for music and non-music majors. What a great opportunity!! 🧡🎶

Here's a link to get more information! https://www.wartburg.edu/audition

Meistersinger Music Scholarships: Audition Information - Wartburg College Meistersinger Music Scholarships recognize and encourage talented student musicians who also thrive on Wartburg’s academic challenges. Awards range in size up to $5,000 annually in vocal, keyboard, and instrumental music.

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Music's post 02/08/2022

What a tremendous weekend of music! Saturday, February 5, 2022 will be a concert we will never forget. It was an honor for the Wartburg Choir to be included in concert with the Iowa State Singers, the Des Moines Choral Society and Dr. James Rodde! It was a blessing to share in song with all involved. Thank you to St. Ambrose Cathedral for hosting us all in your beautiful space, to the DMCS for an amazing meal and welcome, and to Mike Elsbernd and St. John's for welcoming us in to prepare for the concert! Every moment of this day is one we will all cherish as we continue to prepare our program, The Path Of Transcendence.
We were able to witness first hand what it is like to transcend as musicians, by being surrounded by the love and the artistry of so many. Thank you again to Dr. James Rodde, the Iowa State Singers and the Des Moines Choral Society for being a reflection of all that helps us rise together. We are forever grateful for our shared time together and we look forward to next time!


Congratulations on a tremendous 2022 Meistersinger Honor Band Festival 🎶


Welcome to Meistersinger Honor Band 2022! The students started TODAY at 12:20pm and have a day filled with music! 🎶

Don’t forget the concert is happening TOMORROW, Sunday February 6th, at 2pm!


Only two audition dates remain to qualify for a Meistersinger Music Scholarship to Wartburg where students from all majors can participate in one or more of the college's 18 music ensembles. Those who qualify can earn up to $7,000 annually (renewable for up to four years) in vocal, keyboard, and instrumental music. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors.

🎶 Visit https://www.wartburg.edu/audition/ to register for an audition on Feb. 12 or Feb. 25 or to submit your audition information.

🎶 Learn more about all of our music ensembles at https://www.wartburg.edu/music-ensembles.


Join us on Saturday, February 5 at 7:30pm at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, IA for A Celebration In Song!
The concert will feature The Wartburg Choir, Iowa State Singers and the Des Moines Choral Society! Both collegiate groups are preparing for their performances at the Midwestern ACDA Conference later in February.

A free will donation is appreciated!
Masks are required at this event!

Photos from Wartburg College Department of Music's post 01/24/2022

Welcome to the 2022 Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival!
Guest composer/conductor: Dr. André Thomas

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