Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What can I expect at registration?

Registration will take place on Sunday, July 23 in the Fellowship Hall of Home Moravian Church, for all festival participants, regardless of whether you are staying on campus, in a hotel, or commuting.  Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and will end at 5 p.m.  You will have opportunity to pick up your name tags, information packets, goody bags, festival T-shirts and buy additional music packets if you forgot them. Pay any outstanding balances. The Moravian Music Foundation will provide light refreshments during the registration hours.  The first activity will be dinner at 6:00pm and the Opening Lovefeast will be at Home Moravian Church at 7:30 p.m.

What about late arrivals?

Please email or call Margaret Brady at 336-725-0651 if you are anticipating a late arrival.  Please make all effort to arrive during the registration time – you won’t want to miss a minute of the Festival activities!

What will the weather be? 

July is hot in Winston-Salem.  Temperatures are typically in the 80s-90s with high humidity. Fortunately, all of our spaces are air conditioned and all of our facilities are relatively close.          An afternoon rain shower or thunderstorm is normal, so an umbrella will be useful.

What do I wear for daily activities at the Festival? 

Casual clothing! Shorts and t-shirts, but remember a light sweater or jacket, since the air conditioning can chill; there is nothing worse than a summer cold from all the drastic temperature shifts.

What do I wear for Festival Concerts? 

If you are performing in either the concert band, handbells, chamber music, or choral concerts, concert dress will be black on bottom (pants or skirts) and white on top (short sleeves or long sleeves) and black, comfortable shoes.

Festival Orchestra will wear concert black attire.

What do I need to bring with me?

Singers: Please bring your choral music packet.  This year, all the music will be printed in a bound booklet (8.5 x 11″) of anthems, including hymns.  There will be additional music packets available at additional cost if you forget to bring your music packet with you.  No need to bring hymnals or binders for the music.

Concert Band Players: You will get your music at the first rehearsal.

Handbell Ringers:  Please bring gloves and a black binder for music.

All: MMF pencils will be in Festival goodie bags; please bring them to all rehearsals!

Prelude Band, prior to concerts: bring lyres and your chorale books.  Green and Blue Chorale Books will also be available for purchase at the festival.

If you’re staying at McHugh Sisters Flats: Please bring all necessary toiletries. (If that’s a hardship for you, or you run short, let us know, and we’ll try to have some available for you.) We have arranged for each room to have bedding (sheets, pillow, light blanket) and towels.

Are the Festival facilities handicapped-accessible?

All spaces are handicapped accessible except for Rondthaler/Gramley house and Bahnson Residence hall (upper rooms).  MAP

What if I need a ride from the airport or from the bus or train station to the festival?

Please complete the TRANSPORTATION REQUEST FORM.  Please mail or email this form to the address on the form as soon as you have made your travel reservations.

What kind of accommodations can I expect at McHugh Sisters Flats?

The four-story structure built two years ago is located at the north end of God’s Acre, toward dowtown Winston. The fully climate-controlled building provides suites that have 2 double rooms each. If you stayed at the HILL in Bethlehem in 2013, it will be similar. Each person or couple or pair will have a private sleeping room (2 twins/single beds) with its own private shower/restroom for that room; shared partial kitchen and living spaces.  Linens and towels are provided.

If I am staying at a local hotel, how far are they from the Festival?

Please visit for this information.

Are there laundry facilities?

McHugh Sisters Flats may have laundry facilities available to its residents, only.

Is there WIFI?

There is WIFI at McHugh Sisters Flats and most of Salem College campus.

There is WIFI at Home Moravian Church and at the Archie K Davis Center (MMF Offices).

Do I need to bring additional cash?

The Moravian Music Foundation will have a wonderful display of resources available for purchase (cash, check, or credit card, or in some cases we can bill you church)  in Home Moravian Church’s CE101 and CE102.  _______ Music Store will bring a variety of music (organ, keyboard, choral, instrumental) for purchase and will have their display located in _________ Building.  There are some wonderful shops and restaurants, and the bakery, in Salem that you will have time to browse (Open Tue. – Sun. (closed Monday).).  In addition, Old Salem Museum & Gardens will be open for individual and group tours on Sunday afternoon, and all week.

If I am driving to the Festival, how do I get there and where do I park? 

General: You will use Business 40, I-40 and US 52 to access the Old Salem / Salem College area of Winston-Salem.

Detailed directions are at the Directions Link

Ample parking is available in back of (East) the church, between the Elberson Fine Arts Center and God’s Acre. Parking on the streets of Salem is allowed. For those staying in the McHugh Sisters Flats, you are within walking distance.

There is ample parking at Winston-Salem State University on Friday, and we will have shuttles running and maps available.

What is the plan for dining this week?

Please visit

What meals are included on the first and last days of the festival? 

If you have purchased room and board, or meals only, the first meal on Sunday, July 23 is dinner at 5:30 p.m.  There will be snacks provided by the Moravian Music Foundation during registration.  There are also a variety of restaurants in Salem (Salem Tavern, Flour Box Tea Room and Cafe, Salem College Cafe in the student center) should you need lunch on the day of registration.  On Saturday, July 29, we anticipate lunch being served or a bagged-lunch option.

May I buy individual meals rather than the entire meal plan?

You are encouraged to purchase the entire Commuter Meal plan, which helps everyone with planning.  If you are commuting and anticipate only eating lunch and/or dinner, you may purchase meal tickets in the hospitality center for $10 per meal, regardless of which meal you are eating.  If you anticipate buying meal tickets, please email Erik so we can give an accurate estimate to food services.

What if I have additional dietary needs?

If you have additional dietary needs that you have not already specified on the registration form, please email Erik Salzwedel ( or call at 336-725-0651, so we can contact food services to accommodate your request.

When/How can I register?

Now! You may print forms on this website to register for the Festival , or register online at the link, below. There will be a late charge for registrations after June 1, 2017.


Registration Link

You may check in beginning on Sunday, July 23 at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  The festival ends on Saturday, July 29 after lunch. Different housing areas and hotels will have various check out times and arrangements. More details to follow.