1974 Festival June 19-23

The 11th Early American Moravian Music Festival and Seminar was held at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, June 19-23, 1974, with Thor Johnson as music director. Guest artists included …

  • Ilona Kombrink, soprano, also featured on Columbia Masterworks records of Moravian music
  • Seoung Lee Wilson, alto
  • Jerry Jennings, tenor, who was also soloist in the 1972 Festival
  • Marshall Moss, bass-baritone.

The Festival orchestra, as had become the norm, included players from all around the country, with a strong representation from Wisconsin.

Public performances included

  • Friday, June 21, Festival chorus, soloists, and orchestra, with 3 first modern performances
  • Saturday, June 22, Moravian handbell choirs from Graceham, Maryland; Daggett, Michigan; Moravian Academy in Bethlehem
  • Sunday, June 23, Festiuval chorus, soloists, orchestra, and handbell choirs, with 3 first modern performances

Seminar faculty included Arthur Becknell, John Giesler, David M. Henkelmann, Malcolm Johns, Marian Johns, Margaret Kolb, Karl Kroeger, Marshall Moss, Anne Sautebin, and John Ylvisaker. This Festival also featured a “Worship Laboratory”, with faculty Kathy Glasser, William E. Gramley, David M. Henkelmann, Gary Knowles, Jo Loppnow, Bill Meyers, Ralph Middlecamp, Vicki Moss, Beverly Smith, Llewellyn Thomas, Kay L. Ward, and John Ylvisaker.

The Festival committee was chaired by Henry C. Weinlick, with Mrs. Edward Wilde as secretary, Mrs. Erna T. Stripe, treasurer, and David Sautebin as business manager; and other committee members Mrs. Edwin Frenz, Lorenz W. Heise, Milo A. Loppnow, Rudolph H. Schulze, Naomi Thomas, Mrs. Frank Ullsperger, and Kay Ward.