Wartburg Choir tours the Midwest

The Wartburg Choir performed in five different states this past Tour Week. Their final stop was in Des Moines. — Submitted photo

The Wartburg Choir performed in five different states this past Tour Week. Their final stop was in Des Moines. — Submitted photo

The Wartburg Choir just got back from a 10-day tour in five different states during tour week from April 19-28.

The choir traveled to different parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado and Nebraska.

There are many reasons why people like to be in the choir.

“The people you meet are mostly the people you are friends with after you graduate,” Austin Scholten said.

They only stayed at a hotel in Denver, otherwise they had homestays with people of the community that they were singing in.

The students also got the chance to work with a few high school choirs as a learning experience for everyone along the way.

“One of the places we went to in Iowa was really nice because eight years ago the choir only had six students. Their main focus for them was to try to make the teacher cry and leave,” Christopher Kurt said,

“Three years later he [the teacher]  was still there and had 36 students with three different choirs.”

Kurt, who wants to be a teacher after graduation, said he now knows that if he works hard at something he will have great success.

People would normally think that since the students sang everyday besides one free day when in Denver that they would lose their voices.

That is false because the students stayed really healthy and didn’t have any issues, Kurt said.

“Getting to perform so many times on what you have been working on all year is the best part about tour,” Kurt said.

The place that Scholten and Kurt liked the best was St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, which is the church Wartburg West just partnered with.

President Darrel Colson, Board of Regents members, and also Wartburg’s former President Robert Vogel were in attendance at this performance.

The final stop in Des Moines was the last concert the senior members would have with the Wartburg Choir.

Scholten said he was thinking  the whole time on the last song that he knew he would never get to sing with the choir again.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened, because I would not take any moment back. Wartburg Choir changed my life,” Scholten said.

 

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