CASTLE SINGERS TO TOUR FLORIDA

LIAM EASLEY, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Midwest, as well as Florida, will be welcoming Wartburg’s Castle Singers, an on-campus, student-run chamber choir of 24 members. The ensemble will be going on the 2020 National Tour from Feb. 28 to March 7. Castle Singer’s will be joined at some locations by Wartburg’s Kammerstricher, an on-campus chamber group of strings.

“It’s like a little family,” Daniel Volkmann, a member of the council for Singers and a baritone. “Since there’s not that many of us we can all contribute in rehearsal instead of having one director saying we’re going to do it one way. … It’s a little family atmosphere with a lot of people wanting to make music together.”

Castle Singers will perform on Feb. 28 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa, and at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny the following day. On Mar. 3, the choir will perform at Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida, and at St. John Lutheran Church in
Winter Park, Florida, the following day.

“We’ll sing anything from madrigals to Billy Joel to vocal jazz to anything in between that,” Volkmann said. “We do a little bit on everything which is different from a lot of groups on campus. We’re so small, so we can be versatile in what we sing.”

On Mar. 4, the group will be back in the Midwest and perform at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. On Mar. 5, the choir will be in Milwaukee to attend the American Choral Directors Association Regional
Conference. To wrap up the tour, Singers will be at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley, Illinois, on Mar. 7, where they will be joined by Kammerstricher.

Castle Singers will host an oncampus concert at 4 p.m., Mar. 15, in the Wartburg Chapel. The choir will be joined by Kammerstreicher and will play Edward Elgar, Mozart and possibly Radiohead.

For more information, go to the Wartburg College Choir Facebook page or email Nicki Toliver, the director of Castle Singers, at nicki.toliver@wartburg.edu.

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