The Moravian musical heritage forms a vital link in the history of American music and culture.
The Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) is custodian of some 10,000 manuscripts and early imprints, which comprise music by both Moravian and non-Moravian composers; sacred and secular; American and European; vocal and instrumental.
Approximately one-third of this collection is housed at the Archie K Davis Center, 457 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC; the remainder resides in the Moravian Archives, Northern Province, 41 W. Locust St., Bethlehem, PA.
The Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) was founded and chartered in the state of North Carolina in 1956 by a group of clergy and laity of the Moravian Church, to preserve, study, edit and publish a little-known collection of music (sacred and secular) used in early America. The rediscovery of this music forms a vital link in the history of American music and culture.
Since its establishment, MMF has acquired thousands of additional items, including the Irving Lowens Collection of early American tunebooks; the band books of the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band, and the entire collection of the works of North Carolina composers Charles G. Vardell and Margaret Vardell Sandresky, and North Carolina-born composer Charles Fussell. MMF is custodian of the George Hamilton IV collection.
Over 500 musical works have been edited for modern-day performance and an estimated two million copies are in circulation worldwide. MMF self-publishes instrumental music and has published over 100 anthems in its Moravian Star Anthem series. These include both new compositions and anthems edited from manuscripts in the archival holdings.
Some 40 orchestral works have been edited and placed in the Fleisher Collection of the Philadelphia Free Library, thus becoming available to orchestras nationwide.
MMF manages an extensive Lending Library of choral and instrumental music, with several hundred loans per year; the vast majority of these are loans to churches and schools not affiliated with the Moravian Church.
The Moravian Music Foundation is a tax-exempt organization recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Festival is managed by the
Moravian Music Foundation
Archie K Davis Center
457 S Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
41 W Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
in Winston-Salem: 336-725-0651