Moravians celebrate music,
created with inspiration
and presented with joy!
The Story of the 2021 Online Festival
How the Festival negotiated a pandemic.
Quick Preview of a Moravian Music Festival
Sessions, Webinars and Video
- Music of the Bach Family in Moravian Collections
- The Salem Band at 250
- Moravian Symphony in Brass and Reeds
- Demystifying the Organ
- Leading Congregational Worship
- Playing Hymns with Life and Breath
- Conducting Effectively
- Plays Well with Others
- The Organ, for Pianists
- Copyright and the Church
- Instrument Repair and Maintenance
- So, You Haven’t Played Your Instrument in a Year?
- A Talk with our Conductors
- Making Music with Children
- Worship Ensembles Today
- Choir Director Panel Discussion
- Band Director Panel Discussion
- Moravian Musicology Today
- Moravian Music 101
- Reading Music
- A Tour of the Vault, Moravian Archives in Bethlehem
- Moravian Mohican Hymns
- Till We Meet Again; a musical journey in Labrador
- Living Coals and Consecrated Lyres: interviews with Nola R. Knouse, Gwyneth Michel, Phyllis Ronald, James V. Salzwedel.
The MMF staff and the local Festival Planning Committee, led by Hank Naisby, are already planning and making arrangements with Moravian University, Central Moravian Church, and other entities for the in-person Festival, Part 2, July 26-30, 2022. For now, the registration site is set up for the Access Pass to the 2021 content. By the end of this year, you will be able to register for Part 2 at www.moravianmusicfestival.org
The Festival Committee requests financial support from those who value Moravian music and want to encourage participation, especially by younger musicians. You may give to the Festival Scholarship Fund and the Children’s program (which is free to participants). Underwriting, sponsorships, and donations of any amount are invited. www.moravianmusicfestival.org/contribute/
A MORAVIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL is a multi-day event providing an opportunity for Moravians and non-Moravians to learn about and enjoy the Moravian musical heritage while obtaining the guidance needed to better interpret this music; and fostering the development of music and worship leadership skills through seminars, workshops, and participation in choral and instrumental groups with the goal of enriching the life of local congregations.
The Festival is a ministry of the Moravian Church,
* meeting the spiritual and fellowship needs of its members;
* providing a forum for the discussion of current research on Moravian music;
* creating a vehicle for sharing with the music world at large, the rich musical heritage and culture of the Moravian Unity.
[ for 2021 and 2022 ]
- Rev. Dr. Nola R. Knouse, music director
- John Sinclair, choral and orchestral conductor
- Allen Frank, concert band director
- Rebecca Kleintop Lepore, Festival organist
- Rev. Melissa Johnson, chaplain
- Don Kemmerer, trombone choir director
- Jan Harke, handbell director
- Joni Roos, chamber ensembles coordinator
- Randy Gibbs, assistant to the choral conductor
- Sarah Hriniak, ACTS youth musical theater
- Myra Jones, children’s program coordinator
- Rev. Dr. Lynnette Delbridge, youth program coordinator
… it was a beautiful and meaningful experience.
It was a very joyful experience for me… Great music, great fellowship, great memories!
Bishop Sam Gray
Pastor, New Philadelphia Moravian Church
Festival Planning Committee
Hank Naisby, Festival Chair
Gloria Reisinger, assistant to the Chair
Sarah Hriniak and Myra Jones, children
Jeff Long and Blair Flintom, facilities managers
Lynnette Delbridge, youth
Brian Hay, marketing and public relations
Linda Wickmann, photographer
Nola R. Knouse, MMF
Gwyneth Michel, MMF
Erik J. Salzwedel, MMF
Sarah Durham, MMF
Invitation to Festival
Online Content and Connections
July 18-24, 2021
Worldwide ~ Virtually Online
Access Pass Available
Part 1 of the Festival has passed, but all the content is still available for a small fee.
You can watch the Zoom sessions and webinars and all the on-demand video!
This is a great way to get a head start on Part 2, in July of 2022.