Thanks to the generosity of several donors, five college-age students received scholarships allowing them to attend their first Moravian Music Festival. Each offered insights on their participation:
Benjamin Wallaceof First Moravian Church, Dover Ohio, received the Richard Michel Scholarship for Young Adults (funded anonymously). Ben is a vocal music education major at Moravian College.
“The 24th Moravian Music Festival was absolutely one of the most rewarding musical experiences I have been blessed with. I was privileged and humbled to receive a scholarship in name of the late Reverend Richard Michel. The Festival was a chance to grow musically and spiritually. From the opening hymn (Wareham) of Ecumenical lovefeast to the closing hymn (Covenant) at the Singstunde, the week was filled with glory for God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
For me, the musical and spiritual highlight was being a part of the first modern performance of Ernst Wilhelm Wolf’s Easter Cantata. David Blum did a phenomenal job with this new edition. Dr. John Sinclair led us in the choir and members of the orchestra to make this piece soar.”
Devandré Boonzaaier, of Uitanhage, South Africa, was the first International Scholarship winner (the scholarship is underwritten anonymously). He is a Ph.D. student in musicology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is organist and accompanist for the Uitenhage Moravian Church Choir.
“Attending the Moravian Music Festival has been an amazing experience. I feel truly blessed having received the International Scholarship and would like to express my sincere gratitude, thanks and appreciation to the anonymous donor. I have learned so much over the past week and made so many new friends. What a joy it is to sing to the glory with so many Moravians, musicians and Christians. To summarize the week: ‘Spreading the love of God through song. To God be the glory, great things He hath done.’”
Kassidy Spring, a member of Urichsville Moravian Church, former member of the youth group at First Moravian in Dover, Ohio and active in The Promise Moravian Church, received the Albert H. Frank Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Senior Choir of First Moravian Church in Dover, Ohio and the Frank family. Kassidy is a brass player, organist and singer, pursuing a trumpet performance minor at Ohio Wesleyan University.
“The Moravian Music Festival was an experience I will never forget. Having been my first festival, I had no idea what to expect. I was privileged to be a part of the festival band under the direction of Allen Frank who, through his conducting, dancing and overall inspirational energy, was able to help us create an impressive concert for Thursday evening. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass was the most phenomenal brass ensemble I have ever seen live. The choir concerts and the organ concert performed were a joy to hear, and being able to join the prelude band each evening was a great way to re-gather and perform again before each concert.
“The daily devotions were enlightening and uplifting, the Moravian history that I was able to witness being in Bethlehem for the first time was irreplaceable. But—I would definitely say that the absolute most memorable time of the week was spent in fellowship with my mother, grandmother and other Moravians and performers at the festival from meals to games to small conversations during downtime. Meeting people from all different states who all came together and were able to portray music as beautifully as it was is something that not many people get to enjoy in a lifetime.
“Thanks to the Dover Moravian Chancel Choir and the Frank family, in memory of Albert Frank, I was able to receive a scholarship to attend the festival. Thanks to those people and everyone who attended the festival, I was able to experience the priceless words of the Moravian motto: ‘In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love.’”
Emma Conrad, a member of Raleigh Moravian Church, was awarded the Kapp Scholarship for Young Adults, funded by Chancy and Keith Kapp of Raleigh. Alex is a music education major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“This trip to the 24th Moravian Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. was one of music, fellowship and fun. I really enjoyed meeting fellow Moravian musicians from all over. It truly takes a whole Moravian congregation to raise a Moravian musician. Though I originally signed up for just the band portion of the festival, I was able to fill in where needed in the orchestra and in the opening lovefeast Sunday night, and that made my week all the better.
“I am very honored to have been the first recipient of the Kapp Scholarship as it gave me this amazing opportunity to attend the festival, one that I never even thought I would be able to attend. I hope to attend the next one in Winston Salem as well as many more in the future.
“Having the opportunity to work with many amazing musicians and teachers (Allen [Frank], Joni [Roos], Dr. Sinclair, etc.) made the week an amazing learning experience and I feel that I grew as a musician, and as a person, during this week of music and fellowship.”
Sarah Durham, of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, received the Home Moravian Church Women’s Fellowship scholarship. Sarah completed her freshman year at Moravian College as a music education major.
“This year I completed my first year at Moravian College studying music education. One day I was talking with my friend and fellow scholarship recipient Ben Wallace about the upcoming Moravian Music Festival and he informed me of a scholarship for a college-aged student from North Carolina, I figured I had to apply. While I didn’t get the original scholarship I applied for (it was for a member of Raleigh Moravian), through hard work, prayers and belief the Home Moravian Women’s Fellowship supplied me with the money needed for the festival and I am so grateful for that.
“This Moravian Music Festival was unforgettable. I think my favorite concert was Tim Zimmerman and the King’s brass. They were simply amazing and I left that concert in awe. Behind each song they played was a biblical message to go with it.
It amazed me every day the number of singers that came together and put together two full concerts each with two days of prep time before and one of those days being a concert day. We were under awesome direction and together we all created amazing music.
“Once again I want to thank Home Moravian Church, the Women’s Fellowship, the Moravian Music Foundation and Nola Knouse for all the work done to put this amazing festival together and I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend. Hope to make it to the next one!”
From the September 2013 Moravian Magazine