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Prelude And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Longfield

Christmas with Wartburg 2012


the Mural

Presented by the Department of Music Dr. Lee Nelson Christmas with Wartburg Artistic Director Wartburg Choir & Ritterchor Conductor Dr. Craig A. Hancock Wind Ensemble Conductor, Arranger Dr. Jane E. Andrews Castle Singers & St. Elizabeth Chorale Conductor Aaron Hansen Handbell Choir Conductor Dr. Karen Black Organist, Arranger Joshua A. Evanovich ’07 Composer/Arranger Connor Koppin ’13 Composer Kathryn Koob ’60 Narrator Donald Meyer Narrator Hans Pregler Production Manager & Lighting/Set Designer Chris Knudson ’01 Mural Designer

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit… The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat… and a child shall lead them.” — Isaiah 11 This Isaiah passage served as the inspiration for this 2012 Christmas with Wartburg mural. The Christ child is depicted within the blooming rose as the shoot growing out of the stump of Jesse, which becomes the Tree of Life. The animals are focused on the birth of Christ, and all is at peace. The mural juxtaposes the beauty of the flowers against the thorny gardens. Christ is the winter rose with thorny roots symbolizing the crown of thorns from the crucifixion. Flanking the colorful and peaceful garden centerpiece are two less colorful gardens – the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. The Garden of Eden symbolizes humankind’s fall from grace and the world that now needs God’s compassion and forgiveness. The Garden of Gethsemane represents the end of Christ’s life and the ultimate sacrifice, so the world might know the unconditional love of God. The center portrait, shaped like the Luther Rose, symbolizes the theology of Martin Luther. Typically, the Luther Rose features a black cross surrounded by a red heart and a white rose. In the mural, the Christ child replaces the cross and heart and the rose is red to symbolize his redeeming love for the world. Directly above the rose centerpiece is the ghostly image of the crown of thorns. The depiction of Mary with Gabriel also has a double meaning. A basket of bread and roses at Mary’s feet symbolizes the “miracle of the roses” and St. Elizabeth. According to the legend, Elizabeth smuggled bread and leftovers from the Wartburg Castle kitchen to share with the poor. The practice was forbidden, so she hid the food in her robes. Suspicious courtiers on one of these trips demanded she open her robes. When she did so, the hidden bread had turned to roses. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church after her death in 1231.



Chimes Processional on “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Praetorius

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Narration In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. Then God created all that dwelled within the firmament and the dry land. When he saw his creation God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” So God caused a mist to go up from the earth, and formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Then God created woman from the rib of man; and they lived together in the garden the Lord God created called Eden. In the midst of the garden were the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil which the Lord commanded the man and the woman never to eat. But they tasted the forbidden fruit, and sinned against God. So God cast them out of the garden to work the ground from which they were taken, fallen from grace. And so the generations of man and woman were born into sin. Generations have cried, “Out of the depths we call to you, O Lord! Forgive our iniquities and hear our voices!”

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And God said, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”


Lo, how a rose e’er blooming, And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. from tender stem hath sprung. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Of Jesse’s lineage coming, And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. As men of old have sung. Amid the cold of winter, God sent from heaven’s garden a rose to show his enduring love.

Narration All of creation sings your praises, O God, for amid a cold winter’s night, a spotless rose blooms. Its beauty unfolds one petal at a time, bringing salvation to all, so that your holy garden might be restored.

A Spotless Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Herbert Howells

And God Said: the Day Shall Dawn (from King David) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthur Honegger trans. Hancock

And God said: the day shall dawn to bring a flower, newly born; from thy stem in fullness growing, in fragrance sweet, night and morn, all my people shall adorn, with breath of life bestowing. Alleluia! Narration Arise, O Jerusalem, and look toward the east. Prepare, O Judah, for Eden has been opened to all. Rejoice all the creation! The winter rose blooms!

† Rejoice, Rejoice Believers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Karen Black Audience: Rejoice, rejoice believers, and let your light appear; the evening is advancing, and darker night is near. The bridegroom is arising and soon is drawing nigh. Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry. All Women: The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near; go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear. The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand. Arise, O heirs of glory, the bridegroom is at hand. All Men: The saints, who here in patience their cross and sufferings bore, shall live and reign forever where sorrow is no more. Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold; In triumph cast before him their diadem of gold.

A spotless rose is blowing, sprung from a tender root, of ancient seers’ foreshowing, of Jesse’s promised fruit; its fairest bud unfolds to light amid the cold, cold winter, and in the dark midnight. The rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said, is from its sweet root springing in Mary purest Maid; for through our God’s great love and might, the Blessed Babe she bare us in a cold, cold winter’s night. Narration The angel Gabriel was sent from God to Nazareth, to a virgin whose name was Mary. And he said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you! You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

† There is No Rose of Such Virtue . . . . . . . . . . . . Connor Koppin ‘13 There is no rose of such virtue As is the rose that bare Jesu; Alleluia. For in this rose contained was Heaven and earth in little space; Res miranda (marvelous thing). Leave we all this worldly mirth, And follow we this joyful birth; Amen.

(Please stand)

All: Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear; arise, O Son so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere. With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord to see the day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free!

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Narration The angels paused to wonder upon that holy sight, and kings and shepherds gathered to worship him that night. They all breathed in its beauty, a precious, sweet perfume, and in the bleak midwinter, the rose began to bloom.

Narration In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. So Joseph went to be enrolled with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

† In the Bleak Midwinter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Craig Curry In the bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary; rejoice! The time of grace has come for which we have prayed; let us devoutly sing songs of joy. God is made human, while nature wonders; the world is renewed by Christ the King. The closed gate of Ezekiel has been passed through; from where the Light has risen, salvation is found. Therefore, let our assembly sing praises now at this time of purification; let it bless the Lord; greetings to our King. Rejoice!

Angels and archangels may have gathered there, cherubim and seraphim, they thronged the air but only his mother, in her maiden bliss, worshipped the beloved with a kiss. What can I give him? Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb. If I were a wise man I would do my part; yet what I can I give him, give him my heart.

A Christmas Alleluia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Undine Smith Moore

Narration In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel shall blossom and bud. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad. And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose.

Gesu Bambino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pietro Yon, arr. René Clausen trans. Hancock When blossoms flowered ‘mid the snows upon a winter night was born the Child the Christmas rose, the King of Love and Light. The angels sang, the shepherds sang, the grateful earth rejoiced, and at his blessed birth the stars their exultation voiced. O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Gaudete (from Two Medieval Lyrics). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steven Sametz

Again the heart with rapture glows to greet the holy night that gave the world its Christmas Rose, its King of Love and Light. Let every voice acclaim his name, the grateful chorus swell, from paradise to earth he came that we with him might dwell, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Alleluia! Oh, Mary, what you going to name that pretty little baby? Glory! Alleluia! Some call him one thing, I think I’ll call him Jesus. Glory! Alleluia! Some call him one thing, I think I’ll call him Emmanuel. Emmanuel! Glory to that newborn King. Alleluia, alleluia! Narration The prophet Isaiah proclaims, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion shall live together. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for a little child shall lead them.”

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All Creatures of Our God and King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anders Edenroth All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam, Alleluia! Oh, praise him! Alleluia!

Thou flowing water pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear, Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright, that gives to all both warmth and light, Alleluia! Oh, praise him! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong, Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along, Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou rising moon in praise rejoice, ye light of evening find a voice, Alleluia! Oh, praise him! Alleluia!

Dear Mother Earth, who day by day, unfoldest blessings on our way, Alleluia! Alleluia! The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow, let them his glory also show, Alleluia! Oh, praise him! Alleluia!

Celtic Carol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. W. Smith Narration Lo, the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. The Spirit is poured upon us from on high, as the fragrance of the winter rose fills our hearts. Be joyful for the garden has been restored! The time for singing has come! Let heaven and nature rejoice!

Let Heaven and Nature Rejoice! Ding Dong Merrily on High † People Look East Cold December Flies Away The Holly and the Ivy

† Good Christian Friends, Rejoice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Joshua A. Evanovich ‘07 Choirs: Rejoice, rejoice and sing today; Love, the Rose, is on the way. “Christ was born to save, Christ was born to save.” Audience: Good Christian friends rejoice with heart and soul and voice; give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today; ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now. Christ is born today! Christ is born today! Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He has opened heaven’s door, and we are blest for evermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

(Please stand)

Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye need not fear the grave; Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all to gain the everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! Choirs: Rejoice!

(Please be seated)

Narration And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all people.”

Gloria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randoll Bass

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Narration Lily of lilies, he upon his mother’s knee; rose of roses, soon to be crowned with thorns on leafless tree.

All pathways by his feet are worn, his strong heart stirs the everlasting sea, his crown of thorns is twined with every thorn, his cross is every tree. Isaiah ‘twas foretold it the Rose I have in mind. with Mary we behold it the virgin mother kind. O sacred head now wounded with grief and shame weighed down; amid the cold of winter when half spent was the night. I see his blood upon the rose, his cross is every tree.

Jesus Christ the Appletree (excerpt ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Poston The Tree of Life my soul has seen, laden with fruit and always green. The trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ the appletree. Narration Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He took Peter, James, and John with him to pray and as they walked into the garden, Jesus became deeply distressed and said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow, to the point of death.” Going a little farther, Jesus fell to the ground and prayed, “Abba, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet, Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

† I See His Blood upon the Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy Tharaldson I see his blood upon the rose and in the stars the glory of his eyes, his body gleams amid, eternal snows, his tears fall from the skies.

Narration When Jesus Christ was yet a child, he had a garden small and wild. Wherein he cherished roses fair; and wove them into garlands there. Now once, as summer-time drew nigh, there came a troop of children by, and seeing roses on the tree, with shouts they plucked them merrily. “Do you bind roses in your hair?” they cried, in scorn, to Jesus there. The boy said humbly: “Take, I pray, all but the naked thorns away.” Then of the thorns they made a crown, and with rough fingers pressed it down, till on his forehead fair and young, red drops of blood like roses sprung.

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! I see his face in every flower; the thunder and the singing of the birds his voice, carven by his power rocks are his written words. She bore to us a Savior when half spent was the night. Lord come set us free.

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Jonathan Veenker/.John Ferguson “And he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Nor will there be sorrow or crying and neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things have passed away.” And God who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new. Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end!”

Jesus Christ the Appletree (excerpt). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Poston This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, it keeps my dying faith alive. Which makes my soul in haste to be with Jesus Christ the appletree. Narration For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith and not by works. And by his grace, you shall walk in endless light.

O Day Full of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F. Melius Christiansen O day full of grace, which we behold now gently to view ascending, thou over the earth thy reign unfold, good cheer to all mortals lending, that children of light in every clime may prove that the night is ending. How blest was that gracious midnight hour when God in our flesh was given; then flushed the dawn with light and pow’r that spread o’er the darkened heaven; Then rose o’er the world that sun divine which gloom from our hearts hath driven. Yea, were every tree endowed with speech, and every leaflet singing They never with praise his worth could reach, though earth with praise be ringing. Who fully could praise the light of life who light to our souls is bringing? Who fully could praise the Lord! With joy we depart for the promiseland, And there we shall walk in endless light. Narration Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth and I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. And an angel of the Lord showed me the river of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God. And on either side of the river stood the Tree of Life. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying: “Behold, the dwelling of God is with them.”


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Audience: Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, praising thee, their son above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the gloom of doubt away; giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day. Choir: All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, Praise the Lord, all you angels, all you shining stars, let them praise the Lord! All hills, all cattle and birds, field and forest, vale and mountain, flowering meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

(Please stand)

Audience: Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine!

(Please be seated)

Narration Jesus said, “The light will be with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.”

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Night of Silence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Kantor

arr. John Ferguson/Joshua A. Evanovich

Almighty God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Cold are the people, winter of life, we tremble in shadows this cold endless night, frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping, flowers that will echo the sunrise, fire of hope is our only warmth, weary, its flame will be dying soon.

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, alles schläft; einsam wacht nur das traute hoch heilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Voice in the distance, call in the night, on wind you enfold us, you speak of the light, gentle on the ear you whisper softly, rumors of a dawn so embracing, breathless love awaits darkened souls, soon will we know of the morning.

(Please join in singing the last verse)

Spirit among us, shine like the star, Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar, shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely, rising in the warmth of your Son’s love, star unknowing of night and day, Spirit we wait for your loving Son.

Silent Night, Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright ‘round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in Heavenly peace, sleep in Heavenly peace.

Wartburg Choir Soprano 1

Alto 2

Danni Bilidt Ali Brown Morgan Dickman Kimberly Hesse Angela Lau *Andra Peeler *Chelsea Reisner Mackenzie Walsh Daria Zawierucha Soprano 2 Emily Bush Erica Bush Katelyn Ewing Susannah Gafkjen †Alexandra Madole Lauren Matysik Teri Mueller Marie Sorenson Sarah Wolf

Austin, Minn. Cedar Rapids Blue Earth, Minn. Sheboygan, Wis. Garner Indianola Appleton, Wis. San Antonio, Texas Eugene, Ore.

Anne Bomgaars Hannah Crumpton *Robin Evans Sara Hummel Sadie Kaminski Beth Moellers Elissa Musil †*Lexi Spain Cailee Jo Whitefield Sarah Wilkin

Sheldon Manchester Davenport Spirit Lake LeClaire West Union Ely Clermont San Antonio, Texas Titonka

Cleghorn Fulton, Ill. LeMars Spencer Dallas Center Clive Manchester Cedar Rapids Indianola

Alto 1

Mari Butler Kaily Eaton Alyssa Hanson Megan LeVasseur Hannah Lilienthal Emily Musil Nicole Person Jamie Peterson Caitlin Retz Brittany Reynolds

Bass 1 Independence Davenport Vinton Cedar Rapids Durant Ely Burt McGregor Sheffield Sumner

Tenor 1 Schuyler Bieber Jeremy Corbett Koby Edler Chad Nelsen *Cody Osegard †Kevin Schneider Austin Scholten Austin Siefers Trenton Teske Tenor 2 Taylor Boeckholt Ben Engelken Nate Fratzke Brady Frieden Kyle Harms *Chris McIntyre Samuel Miller Jason Neumann Reed Pedersen Michael Sauer

Myles Finn Brett Gregory †*Connor Koppin *Christopher Kurt •Judson Lee Joshua Lehman Aaron Schendel Zach Sommers Joe Strong Tanner Stutzman

Manchester Altoona Mason City Independence Indianola Plainfield Brooklyn Park, Minn. Des Moines Elgin Mt. Pleasant

Bass 2

Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Fairbank Rock Valley Cushing, Minn. Elgin Rockton, Ill. Muscatine New Providence

Milford Manchester Wilton Donahue Independence Mediapolis Ida Grove Forest City Jefferson LeMars

Therin Bradshaw Wes Carlson Greg DiMarco †Ryan Harms Crosby King Adam Kurt Joseph Lorenzen Alex Nicoll Benjamin Sande Alex Schaefer

Port Byron, Ill Cedar Rapids Mason City Aplington Northfield, Minn. Independence West Des Moines West Des Moines Adel McHenry, Ill.


Kevin Dou Christen Pink

Cedar Falls St. Ansgar

†Wartburg Choir Council *Section Leader •Librarian


Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory!)


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Cailee Whitefield

Music Education/Music Therapy | San Antonio, Texas Since I arrived on campus, it has been a privilege to participate in such a life-changing choral program. Even though I currently live so far away from home, each person in the Wartburg Choir has treated me like family. At the end of each concert, we sing Give Me Jesus. When we held hands and sang

this song at our first concert, I was overwhelmed by the text, “When I am alone, give me Jesus.” At that moment, it was as if each member was singing those words to comfort and reassure me that I was not alone. Each day, it is such an honor and blessing to be a part of the Wartburg Choir. C h r i s t m a s w i t h Wa r t b u r g


Wartburg Wind Ensemble Flute/piccolo Liz McElligott Patience Klein *#Alex Bokemper Carissa Serbousek *Mollie Emerson ~Nicole Mittelstadt

Brooklyn Park, Minn. Coralville Sioux City Cedar Rapids Rockford Waverly

Oboe/English Horn Benjamin Bogard #Lauren Baskerville Siri Hansen Bassoon *Abbi Mueller Sarah Turner E-flat Clarinet Katelyn Schwennen

Oronoco, Minn. Cedar Rapids Mason City

Garnavillo Ankeny


Clarinet #Erika Verburg Katie Rice +Kate Huffman +Brittany Manning *Chelsea Hill Katie Aldrich Ronni Paine Brittanie Lucas Stephanie Reinert Catherine Wilcox

Orange City Jefferson Osage Dubuque Winterset Clarinda Crystal Lake, Ill. Mason City Dyersville Martelle

Alto Clarinet Stephanie Reinert


Bass Clarinet Aren Souhrada

Wartburg Castle Singers

Alto Saxophone *Benjamin Harting Andy Heckroth Andrea Klein

Brandon Dysart Coralville

Tenor Saxophone Levi Endelman *#Emily Hogan

Charles City Earlville

Baritone Saxophone Garrett Heindenreich

Stockton, Ill.

French Horn #Clara Davidson Jessica Turnlund Katie Tressel Drew Mades

Onalaska, Wis. Owatonna, Minn. Ankeny Huntsville, Ala.

Trumpet Jeremy Idler #Erin Korthals Joe Amsberry Sarah Wickett Sarah White Colton Thoreson Amanda Schares Alex Harrison

Fort Collins, Colo. Bondurant Waverly Indianola Central City Zumbrota, Minn. Gilbertville Gretna, Neb.

Trombone #Chelsea Brown Hannah Shivers Jill Powers Kamryn Kronschnabel Andrea Lohf

Vinton Bondurant Ogden LaPorte City Belle Plaine


Adam Kucera

Mathematics/Computer Science | Solon Being a part of the Wartburg bands carries a huge tradition of excellence in the concert hall, but what many don’t see is the tradition of a family that lives within each event and rehearsal.


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The time I spend with these amazing musicians not only pushes me to play my instrument better, but pushes me to understand what it means to work with a group of people to develop something great.

Euphonium Haley Peters Erin Gleason AJ Skinner Tuba #David Wedeking Adam Kucera Anthony Lynn

Dysart Platteville, Wis. Davenport

Waverly Solon Hartwick

Percussion (listed alphabetically) Peter Campbell Fitchberg, Wis. Tyler Creed Urbana Jessica Hoyng Clive #Brittany Louk Webster City Alex Valentine La Crosse, Wis.

* Band Council + Band Librarian # Section Leader ~ Winter Only

Soprano Emily Bell Lanie Crouse Jena Daubenberger Haley Flores Emma Hellevik Caroline Lake Alyssa Larson Lindsay Mickelson

Nora Springs Maxwell Dubuque Dysart Medford, Minn. Independence Marion Lehigh

Alto Mackenzie Compton Randene Davis Rachel Ellefson Jillian King Hallie Kinman Tiffany Louk Amy Nosbisch Marissa Shinstine

Durant Glenville, Minn. Marshalltown Northfield, Minn. Norwalk Webster City New Hampton Tripoli

Rhythm Tenor Tiffany Louk Webster City Andrew Bartlett Norwalk Piano Justin Buzick Pella Kenei Menning Waterloo Weston Hennings Dysart Piano Alex Holmstrom Cresco Christopher Parson Clarksville Andrew Peeler Indianola Alex Shockley Cedar Falls Guitar Stevie Ray Batchelder LaPorte City Mitchell Zehr Manchester Bass Guitar Elise Reinert Oelwein Baritone Bass Guitar Jackson Anderson New Hampton Professor Alan Jacobson Ian Bee Monona Drums Tanner Wenger Elkader Bass Michael Brown Reid Cook Michael Jahn Njoroge Nyoike

Garner Arlington Charlotte Nairobi, Kenya

Wartburg Ritterchor Tenor 1 Koby Edler Alex Holmstrom Yakin Jaleta David Krueger Chris McIntyre Samuel Miller Chad Nelsen Reed Pedersen Austin Scholten Alex Shockley Austin Scholten Trenton Teske Zach Thorpe Mitchell Zehr Tenor 2 Daylon Bacot Taylor Boeckholt Samuel Christianson Eric Crow Jeff Dobrzynski Ben Engelken Brady Frieden Kyle Harms Weston Hennings Aaron Klein Sam Langfritz Jason Lizalek

Fairbank Cresco Ethiopia Riceville Mediapolis Ida Grove Rock Valley Jefferson Rockton, Ill. Cedar Falls Muscatine New Providence Lino Lakes, Minn. Manchester

Shorewood, Ill. Milford Mason City North Liberty Mason City Manchester Donahue Independence Dysart Cedar Falls Des Moines Channahon, Ill.

Jason Neumann Derek Norton Drew Peeler Michael Sauer Aaron Sackett Lindokuhle Simelane Joe Strong Andrew Tubbs

Forest City Prior Lake, Minn. Indianola LeMars Urbana Mbabane, Swaziland Elgin Des Moines

Bass 1 Joe Amsberry Waverly Justin Cervantes Cedar Rapids Reid Cook Arlington Tyler Creed Urbana Angelo De Nubbila Barranquilla, Colombia Brandon Everding Denver Matt Gruemmer Durant Myles Finn Manchester Mitchell Hrovat Lino Lakes, Minn. Connor Koppin Mason City Christopher Kurt Independence Sam Lancaster Marion Judson Lee Indianola Joshua Lehman Plainfield Paul Masterson Lindsborg, Kan. Jon Nuehring Glen Ellyn, Ill. Stefan Nutt Robins AJ Rezac Waterville, Minn.

Zac Schrupp Zach Schulz Zach Sommers Andy Sorensen Tanner Stutzman Jacob Tessmer Tanner Wenger Bass 2 Jake Ahles Therin Bradshaw Michael Brown Brent Christeson Kevin Dou Ben Gansemer Chad Giebelstein Eric Harbaugh Jeremy Harbaugh Ryan Harms Michael Jahn Adam Kurt Dylan Moore Mark Polle Alex Schaefer Max Versteegh

Rochester, Minn. Independence Des Moines Janesville Mt. Pleasant Clermont Elkader Lino Lakes, Minn. Port Byron, Ill. Garner Rockford Cedar Falls Balltown Bennett Waterloo Elkader Aplington Charlotte Independence Elgin Sioux City McHenry Cedar Rapids

Joshua Evanovich ’07, of Downers Grove, Ill., is a music editor/composer/performer at GIA Publishing, Inc., and a prolific composer/arranger for Christmas with Wartburg in recent years. Recordings of several of these arrangements are included on his Christmas CD, Hear the Angels Sing, along with other solo and instrumental settings sure to inspire your heart and soul this Christmas season. His CDs are available for purchase at the Wartburg College Bookstore or through C h r i s t m a s w i t h Wa r t b u r g


Wartburg St. Elizabeth Chorale Soprano 1 Victoria Berst Waucoma Anne Birtwistle Mason City Mollie Emerson Rockford Stephanie Francis Elkader Lindsay Heinen Eldridge Emily Jackson Iowa Falls Elizabeth Jewitt Round Lake Heights, Ill. Liz Lockard Readlyn Ariel Loosier Milford Stephanie Koresh Elkader Elissa Musil Ely Sarah Nelson Sioux Falls, S.D. Taylor Peek Albert Lea, Minn. Madi Pote Des Moines Casey Schroeder St. Louis, Mo. Emily Smith Stevens Point, Wis. Laura Virgl Weston, Neb. Alyssa Vukelich Johnston Piano Catherine Wilcox


Soprano 2 Stephanie Adams Cedar Rapids Cera Bauder Elkader KarieAnne Burke Nevada Kelsey Church Grimes Morgan Ciota Albert Lea, Minn. Emily Conn Brooklyn Park, Minn. Ashley Davis Columbus Junction Ally Diercksen Manchester Alexis Finder Tripoli Erin Gleason Platteville, Wis. Jesslyn Hall Washburn, N.D. Katherine Hall Salem Amanda Halvorson Cedar Rapids Caitlin Harbach Delhi Gregena Heard East Saint Louis, Ill. Amy Kaschke Inner Grove Heights, Minn. Jennifer Lynes Keokuk Ashley Owens Wilton Elizabeth Pflibsen Belmond Alexandria Plumb Spirit Lake Carolynn Pohlmann Lincoln, Neb. Haley Reiter Centennial, Colo. Laura Tanner Nevada Samantha Vaske Walford Kinsey Wohlers Blue Grass

Wartburg handbell choir Emma Hellevik Michael Jahn Joseph Lorenzen Tiffany Louk Amber McKain Kenei Menning Mackenzie Moore

Medford, Minn. Charlotte West Des Moines Webster City Oconomowoc, Wis. Waterloo La Crosse, Wis.

Sarah Nelson Ellie Oberheu Katie Rice Colleen Tague Sarah Turner Erika Verburg Sarah Wolf

Production Technical staff Alto 1 Laura Adams Kelsey Brown Pascale Bruns Mackenzie Compton Libby DeJardin Katelyn Ek Brittany Engstrom Emily Johannessen JoLisa Johnson Molly Laning Sydney Mackey Gabrielle Morse Emily Musil Rachel Price Elise Reinert Haley Rudd Carly Sis Marissa Shinstine Christina Thompson Brooke Visser Jessie Wendland Alto 2 Emily Banwart Ashley Dickinson Cheyenne Driscoll Mariah Driscoll Kaitlyn Ketelsen Anna Knapp Haylee Lantz Ellie Oberheu Mia Purnell Elizabeth Snyder Aren Souhrada Megan Waddingham

Waterloo Washington, Ill. Dumont Durant Turtle Lake, Wis. Anoka, Minn. Fort Atkinson, Wis. Montrose, Colo. Adel Waverly Urbana Kasson, Minn. Ely Forest City Oelwein Manchester Denison Tripoli Newton Atkins Fredericksburg

Algona Blair, Neb. DeWitt DeWitt DeWitt Sioux City Hayfield, Minn. Denver Waverly Garner Allison Garner

Production Manager/Lighting and video Designer Hans Pregler Assistant Production Manager Julie Kroeger Stage Manager Jordan Achilles Assistant Stage Manager Olivia Hughes Assistant Lighting Designer Ashley Rosa Sound Engineer Samantha Heinen Light Board Operator Gretchen Skellenger House Manager Catie Hennessey

Special Thanks Neumann Auditorium Custodial Staff and Ed Wubbena Wartburg digital print Center Coordinator Richard Betts – Printing backdrops Waterloo Tent and Tarp – Backdrop assembly


Arts Calendar

Friday, Dec. 7

Sunday, Feb. 17

Tuesday, March 26

Knightliters Jazz Band Concert, McCaskey Lyceum, Saemann Student Center, 4 p.m.

Castle Chamber Series, Hagemann Castle Room, Saemann Student Center, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Wartburg Opera Workshop, Kiss Me Kate, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Chorale and Wartburg Chamber Orchestra, Women’s History Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Wartburg Community Symphony and Wartburg Players, A Christmas Carol, Neumann Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12 Composers Recital, Orchestra Hall, Bachman Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m. Sioux Falls, S.D. Denver Jefferson DeWitt Ankeny Orange City Indianola

Saturday, Jan. 26 Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival Finale Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27 Castle Chamber Series, Hagemann Castle Room, Saemann Student Center, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Artist Series, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Haley Flores

Sunday, Feb. 3

Art and Communication Design | Dysart The Wartburg music program has shaped my Wartburg experience in a very positive way. I bonded with musical ladies in St. Elizabeth Chorale, acquired confidence and knowledge in lessons with Carita Pfaltzgraff, realized the depth of music and gained a choir family in Wartburg 18

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Choir, and learned how to relax and have fun while performing with Castle Singers. Traveling to Europe with the Wartburg Choir and Castle Singers were two of the greatest experiences of my life. Wartburg College choirs opened my eyes to the power, emotion, and beauty of music.

Production Staff Elisa Feldman, Jake Hoyle, Mitch Hrovat, Alyssa Larson, Joe Lorenzen, Noah McCoy, Gabrielle Miller, Beth Moellers, Jordan Neumann, Stefan Nutt, Cody Osegard, Armand Piecuch, Lindsay Reth, Zach Schrupp, Christina Thompson, Brady Van Sickle Ticket Office Student Manager Danielle Mott Ticket Agents Courtney Geibert, Kelsey Scherven, Sarah Wolf

Meistersinger Honor Band Festival Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9 I Heart Music Day, Bachman Fine Arts Center Wartburg Community Symphony Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 Bach’s Lunch Organ Series, Wartburg Chapel, noon

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23

Wednesday, Feb. 27 Iowa State Singers and Wartburg Choir Concert, Wartburg Chapel

Sunday, March 10 Castle Chamber Series, Hagemann Castle Room, Saemann Student Center, 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

Thursday, April 4 Artist Series, The Duttons, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 Symphonic Band Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 2 p.m. Castle Singers Dessert Concert, Knights Ballroom, Saemann Student Center, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

Artist Series, Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble Tour Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 15

Wartburg Choir Home Concert, Wartburg Chapel, 4 p.m.

Bach’s Lunch Organ Series, Wartburg Chapel, noon

Sunday, March 17 Chapel Choir and Handbell Ensemble Concert, Wartburg Chapel, 5 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, March 20-21 Wartburg Trumpet Festival

Saturday, March 23 St. Elizabeth Chorale High Tea Concert, Knights Ballroom, Saemann Student Center, 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 24

Friday, April 12 Bach’s Lunch Organ Series, Wartburg Chapel, noon Knightliters Jazz Band Concert, McCaskey Lyceum, Saemann Student Center, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 Wartburg Community Symphony Concert, Neumann Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 Wartburg Players, 10-Minute Plays, McCaskey Lyceum, Saemann Student Center, 7:30 p.m.

Ritterchor Concert, Wartburg Chapel, 4 p.m.

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Wartburg Music Camps

Band Camp

July 21-27, 2013 More Information: 319-352-8296

Eastern Iowa Clarinet Camp

June 9-14, 2013 More Information: 319-352-8508 or

Meistersinger All-State Choir Camps

August 1-3, 10-12, 2013 More Information: 319-269-4974 or

Wartburg Honor festivals

Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 Featuring composer Stacey Gibbs and opera star Simon Estes

Meistersinger Honor Band Festival Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 2-3, 2013

Wartburg Trumpet Festival

Friday, March 21-22, 2013 Featuring the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets

“Real Men Sing” Festival Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 Featuring Tonic Sol-fa

Wartburg Student Scholarships A Wartburg College education is a great value, providing students with an excellent education, personalized attention, and the foundation for life and career accomplishments. Numerous scholarship and grant opportunities for students enhance that value.

Regents and Presidential Scholarships

$14,000 – full tuition Top merit scholarships awarded to students with outstanding academic credentials; details available on the Wartburg website

Meistersinger Music Scholarship

Up to $5,000 per year Open to music and non-music majors and awarded on basis of audition

Education Partners In Covenant (EPIC)

Up to $750 per year A matching funds program between Wartburg and participating congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Impact Our Students As we rejoice this Christmas season in the gift of God’s son, we also celebrate the gifts of alumni, parents, and friends who support Wartburg College in so many ways. As the year draws to a close, we invite you to make a difference in the lives of our students through a gift to the college.

• An annual gift will impact all areas of the student experience, from the academic programs that distinguish a Wartburg education to co-curricular programs that encompass music, campus ministry, student organizations, and athletics. This year, the Wartburg Board of Regents Challenge will match all new and increased annual gifts.

• A planned gift to Wartburg can impact lives for generations to come through a bequest, an insurance policy, a charitable remainder trust, a charitable gift annuity, or an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.

• Establishing a scholarship or adding to an existing scholarship will provide critical funds to make a Wartburg education possible for current and future students.

For more information, call the Wartburg Development Office toll-free at 866-219-9115 or go online at


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Wartburg Recordings

Wartburg College proudly hosts

CDs $15 | Online Albums $9.99 | Single downloads 99¢ Search for Wartburg on:

Only select albums are available online



9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, Nov. 29-Dec. 16






Rada-Aleff Classroom Technology Center 2010 Christmas with Wartburg Shepherd Us, O Holy Child

2011 Christmas with Wartburg Savior of the Nations, Come DVD/CD set $25

2012 Christmas with Wartburg The Winter Rose Blooms

(entrance just south of Neumann Auditorium) Free Admission

10 limited-edition mural prints available for purchase V


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Christmas with Wartburg 2012

Print dimensions 21” x 5.75”

Remember Christmas with Wartburg for years to come. Take home a canvas paper print of this year’s customdesigned mural. Suitable for framing. Mural print – $25

Prints and recordings are available in the lobby. Watch the mural’s installation!

Scan this code using a QR code reader app on your smartphone.

“Like” Christmas with Wartburg on Facebook

Iowa Public Television (IPTV) will air a one-hour program of highlights from Christmas with Wartburg 2011 on IPTV.1 at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, and 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. The IPTV taping and production of a commemorative DVD/CD set were made possible by a generous donation from the Sukup Family Foundation and Eugene and Mary Sukup of Sheffield to celebrate the joy of the Savior’s birth and the impact of Christian education.


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About Wartburg College Wartburg College, named after the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, traces its roots to 1852, when pastor Wilhelm Löhe of Neuendettelsau, Bavaria, sent Georg Grossmann and five students to found a teacher-training school for German immigrants in Saginaw, Mich. The college moved several times before establishing a permanent home in Waverly in 1935. A liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wartburg is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. The college enrolls 1,747 students, who come from 29 U.S. states and 53 countries. Wartburg awards Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. Its more than 50 academic majors include the state’s oldest undergraduate social work major and the only music therapy major offered by an Iowa private college.

100 Wartburg Blvd • PO Box 1003 • Waverly, IA 50677-0903 800-772-2085 • 24

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Christmas with Wartburg 2012 - The Winter Rose Blooms, Rejoice!  

Christmas with Wartburg 2012 - The Winter Rose Blooms, Rejoice!