Every four years, the Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) sponsors a week-long music festival to celebrate Moravian music, explore the history of Moravian music, to teach and share, and to explore new avenues and directions in music.
In the summer of 2021, July 18 – 24, the 26th Moravian Music Festival will attract hundreds of musicians to Bethlehem, PA, and be centered on the campuses of Central Moravian Church and Moravian College.
Hundreds more will attend and enjoy the many performances of both new and historic Moravian music in the concert venues of Central Church and Foy Hall.
The Festival is for everyone, serving musicians of all levels, from beginner to director. Advance registration is required and will open in _____. Online registration (and, a wealth of information) is available _______. Festival registration packets will be mailed to known addresses of our constituents. Housing will consist of THE HILL of Moravian College and blocks of rooms at area hotels. Local residents are asked to register, as well. There will be options for full meal plans or daily meals on campus. There is an extra fee for late registrations.
Replete with workshops and lectures, Moravian Music Festivals are a learning opportunity for singers, instrumentalists, and directors (Moravian and non-Moravian). They are full of practical ideas, skills, and techniques for the musician, the musical group, and the congregation.
Concurrently, there will be a children’s summer music program and a youth program! Participants will choose tracks for choral, wind instruments, and/or handbells. Each day will be comprised of workshops and rehearsals for ensembles, handbells, orchestras, and lots of singing, with special moments for worship, fellowship, and reflection. Each evening will begin with a band prelude, and culminate with featured concerts by the Chorus and Orchestra, Concert Band, Chamber music ensembles. The Festival will also have _________.
The concerts will be free and open to the public, and we hope you will join us. Audiences will experience a wide range of repertoire, from sacred band chorales to contemporary songs; from concert anthems with orchestra to new arrangements for concert band!
One of the greatest benefits of registering for the 26th Festival will be the opportunity to work with wonderful conductors, composers, singers, and instrumentalists, highly acclaimed in their individual disciplines. For the upcoming festival, we are proud to bring in several leading conductors: Dr. John Sinclair, professor of music at Rollins College and Artistic Director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, FL. Allen Frank, of Liberty High School, with years of professional and teaching experience. ___will lead the children’s music program. Jan Harke is will lead the Handbell Program. Don Kemmerer, director of the BAM Trombone Choir, for over ____ years, will lead the Festival Trombone Choir.
The Rev. Nola R. Knouse, Ph.D. will be Music Director of the Festival. ____ will be the featured soprano soloist for the week.
The first Moravian Music Festival was in 1950. Since 2010, the Festivals have been the responsibility of the Foundation, which has worked well, since the “institutional memory” and artistic planning of music festivals already resided with MMF. The local Festival Planning Committee is a dedicated team of tireless volunteers, who began working in 2018, ably led by Hank Naisby.
Each year, the Festival Committee seeks support from those who value the Festivals and want to encourage participation, especially by younger musicians, by supporting the Festival Scholarship Fund. Donations of any amount are invited. Underwriting sponsorships of concerts and other Festival events are welcome, as well.
The Moravian Music Festival is a unique opportunity to celebrate the musical heritage of this community.