The Moravian Music Festival for Children
(grades K – 5th)
We welcome our young Moravian musicians to a wonderful week of music and activities! Children will be with their parents for meals and devotions, and then will be off to their own space during the times of choral and band rehearsals and seminars.
In addition to making music, all of the children will participate in 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!
Parents will bring their children to a designated drop-off area at 9:00 a.m., and may pick them up at 5:00 p.m. The children will present a musical program on Friday afternoon, July 28, at 2:00 p.m., which will be open to the public.
Participation in the children’s program is limited to the first fifty (50) who register. Don’t miss the chance for your child to have a wonderful week, and the chance for your whole family to participate in the Festival together!
Parents should register their children using the separate 2017 Moravian Music Festival Childrens Registration Form.
25th Moravian Music Festival Children’s Program
The 25th Moravian Music Festival includes top quality musical and cultural experiences for our children who have completed grades K-6.
Our younger Festival participants, completing grades K-2, will make music together under the leadership of Beth Juran.
The older children, completing grades 3-6, will make music together under the direction of Anne Saxon. Anne is currently the Director of the Children’s and Youth Choir Program at Home Moravian Church, and Director of the Winston-Salem Girls Chorus. She has served numerous churches and schools in the NC Triad area. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from UNC Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Greensboro College, Piano Applied. She has also earned a Level 3 Certification in Doreen Rao’s Choral Music Experience, and Level 3 Certification in the Chorister’s Guild Institute, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Dalcroze-Eurhythmics. At UNCG, she studied with Drs. Bill Carroll, Richard Cox, and Hilary Apfelstadt, and directed the Women’s Glee Club. She has completed further study in conducting with Paul Salamunovich, Anton Armstrong, Lynne Gackle, Henry Leck, Daniel Bara, and Kenney Potter.
Anne is the President of the NC Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association where her work as the former Newsletter Editor garnered two national awards. Also an active member of the NC Music Educators’ Association, she has been a festival site coordinator and served on the Middle School Choral Board. She has been honored with a Commemorative Brick on the MENC “Walk of Fame” for her 25 years of participation at the NC Summer Institute in Choral Arts, and currently serves on the board of CANTUS, an Ecumenical Children’s Choir Camp in North Carolina. She is a frequent guest conductor and piano accompanist for Honor and Festival Choirs, and an adjudicator for choral festivals.