Most church musicians in America serve one congregation, and many of those are long distances from fellow Moravians. The 25th Moravian Music Festival, to be held in Winston-Salem, July 23 – 29, is where dedicated church musicians convene and conference to reaffirm their work and service to the Lord. The Festival is the opportunity to connect to the larger Church and the Worldwide Unity.
The Moravian Music Festival is about immersion! The Festival is for everyone: serving musicians of all levels, from beginner to director, as a learning opportunity for singers and instrumentalists (Moravian and non-Moravian). It is full of practical ideas, skills and techniques for the musician, the ensemble and the congregation.
All will have the opportunity to work under top musicians in their fields: conductors, composers, singers, and instrumentalists, highly acclaimed in their individual disciplines.
Why do Moravians and non-Moravians alike participate in the Moravian Music Festival? For vocalists, it is a special thrill to sing with a full orchestra. During their week at the Festival, vocalists will sing newly edited anthems as well as newly composed works.
Musicians will gain experience and practice in blending, tuning, projecting, reading, sight-reading and overall improvement of their musical gifts. Instrumentalists will enjoy a full concert band experience, tailored for all levels, learning a wide variety of music, while others will explore chamber music opportunities. Attendees and visitors will hear our finest Moravian performers and composers.
Directors may receive guidance on conducting and on working with a large choir. One workshop addresses the needs of the smaller church choir, another explores the world of editing and publishing.
Organists will enjoy the Organ Crawl and be introduced to some new music resources. There are special opportunities for handbells and trombone choir, and so much more! Of course, you may register to attend rehearsals and workshops as an “auditor” and just listen and learn!
Music for Children
Children who have completed grades K-6 are warmly welcomed at the Festival and will enjoy musical experiences led by two experienced and joyful leaders! Beth Juran will lead the younger (K-2nd grade) children in music and movement; Anne Saxon will direct the older (3rd-6th grade) children in a variety of styles of music. Children’s music and activities cover the entire day, Monday through Friday, so that parents are free to take advantage of all Festival activities. (Parents are not required to attend the Festival.) The children will present a musical program on Friday afternoon, July 28, at 2:00 p.m., which will be open to the public.
In addition to making music, all of the children will enjoy a variety of music classes during the week, learning about different kinds of music and music-related movement. In the afternoons, they’ll also experience the richness of the Old Salem historic district and Moravian traditions and heritage, including making sugarcake, making candles, trying out different musical instruments in a special instrument “petting zoo”, learning about Home Moravian Church and its building, and even having visits from such Moravian personalities as Count Zinzendorf and others!
Participation in the children’s program is limited to the first 50 who register. Thanks to generous donations, there is no tuition fee for the children’s program, and their meal costs are also partially subsidized.
Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation, and is widely revered for its quality music. The area’s excellence in music is directly linked to the earliest Moravian settlers, who sang hymns when they first arrived (1753); were playing instruments by 1756; who imported the first organ to NC in 1762; and received a set of trombones in 1768.
The Wachovia Moravians welcomed, with music, visitors such as Governor and Lady Tryon in 1767 and President George Washington and Gov. Martin in 1791, who were all pleased with the Moravian offerings.
Brother J. F. Peter wrote some of the earliest American chamber music here in Salem. Many Moravians became prolific composers in the new country. Much of this early American Moravian music was the impetus for the Festival and for the formation of the Moravian Music Foundation.
The community is invited to attend and enjoy the many performances of both new and historic Moravian music in venues at Home, Trinity, and Calvary Moravian churches, as well as Winston-Salem State University’s Williams Auditorium. The concerts will be free and open to the public, and we hope you will join us each evening at 7:00 p.m. for the prelude. Please visit www.moravianmusicfestival.org for the complete concert schedule.
Advance registration is required and may be completed online at www.moravianmusicfestival.org Alternatively, please call 336-725-0651 to request a Festival registration packet or you may print forms from the website to mail in. Travel subsidies for Western District members are available.
Please support the Festival by registering, sharing information, or by making a charitable donation to Moravian Music Foundation.Visit www.moravianmusic.org/support.
Erik Salzwedel has participated in eight
Festivals, as both registrant and ensemble leader, and served on four planning committees.
The 25th Moravian Music Festival
July 23-29, 2017
Dr. John V. Sinclair, Festival Chorus and Orchestra Conductor
Christopher Wormald, Festival Concert Band Conductor
Rev. Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, Music Director
Amanda Moody Schumpert, Festival Chair
Deborah Rice, Handbell Director and Clinician
FESTIVAL WEBSITE AND REGISTRATION