Moravian Music Festival
A panel of organists and accompanists share ideas and experience.
Since we are in a shortened week, we wanted to allow for music during every part of our days.
Random Acts is the Festival’s “permission” for anyone to present music in informal or even unexpected spaces (walkway, lawn, hallway) for anyone in the area to enjoy.
We have suggestions for locations and will keep a general sign-up sheet to coordinate the various performances.
SIGN UP INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Random Acts of Music throughout the Bethlehem downtown area – and even beyond! Plan this ahead, or just get together with a few friends on the spur of the moment, or even “go solo”!
You might …
Post your Random Acts of Music on the Moravian Music Festival’s Facebook page!
Tory and Janique will be co-leaders of the Festival Steel Pan Ensemble. They will be teaching the art of steel pan and offer opportunities to present music at the Festival.
No experience necessary. Come to learn.
Janique Simmons: member of New Dawn Moravian Church, Toronto, Canada
Tory Reid: Tory Reid is a member of John Hus Moravian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., where he currently serves on the Board of Elders. His involvement on the local level has him serving as a member of the NYC Metro Youth Council. On the Eastern District level, he serves as a member of the Camp Hope Management Board. On the Provincial level, he serves as a member of the Emerging Ministries Committee.
He graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in International Studies, Psychology and a minor in African Diaspora Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, N.Y. concentrating in Community Health Science. He plans to use his degree to improve the “social determinants of health” by serving the “least of these” throughout NYC, across the U.S, and around the globe. He has developed a passion and zeal for mission work and had the privilege of participating and traveling on mission engagements to Jamaica, Cuba and Peru. His hobbies include learning about different cultures and customs, watching sports, hanging out with family and friends, meeting new people, and certainly not least eating.
Although this is his first time participating in the Moravian Music Festival, he hopes to build healthy relationships with fellow Moravians and other ecumenical partners in Christ. In addition, his goals would be to listen to the diverse music that will played, learn how to play other types of musical instruments, and network with everyone.
Lastly, his Confirmation text from 1 Timothy 4:12, which says “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity,” has provided guidance for the way he lives and how he interacts with others on a daily basis.
ACTS Youth Musical Production Playwright/Director
Hi everyone! I’m Sarah Hriniak, and I’m the playwright and director of the ACTS musical theater production. I am a member of Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth, PA, where I sing in the choir, play handbells, teach Sunday School, and have served on various boards and committees over the years. I am a middle school teacher and serve as director of my school’s drama club and advisor of my school’s color guard. I’m the dean of Musical Theater Camp at Camp Hope. I love singing, dancing, and using those talents to share my faith. I also love coffee. I’m so excited for our production of ACTS!
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The New Music & Worship Ensemble will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
Riddick Weber, Leader
Old Chapel, Central Church
8:30am – 9:15am
* This is a small ensemble, in which you may participate, in addition to the large ensembles (Chorus or Concert Band)
This group is a collaborative creative music project. Bring your songs, music, ideas, and instruments/voices!
Riddick Weber will lead, but not pre-define, the sessions.
From Riddick: New words, new tunes, new instrumentations, all the above? This group will offer music by Moravian authors and composers from the 2013 Sing To The Lord A New Song booklet and even newer music to be debuted at the Festival. While some of the music will be “recognizably Moravian” much of this group’s work will take it to a more contemporary sound.
This group will challenge the definitions of “contemporary”, “new”, “traditional”, and seek to find new experiences and new directions through the creativity of the participating musicians. There could be electronics involved. Elements of jazz and rock might appear. Familiar tunes might be incorporated, or totally new lyrics might be written.
While attending Festival, you are welcome to park in the Church‘s lot or in the University‘s lot.
There are 49 spaces and 5 handicapped spaces in Lot Z (the Hill parking, green permit) and 77 spaces and 5 handicapped spaces in Lot U (Faculty, Staff, Commuter parking, blue permit).
Note: Campus Police will ticket anyone parking illegally on the grass or in restricted spaces.
Central Church’s lot has 36 spaces in front of the playground and 46 plus handicapped spaces on the playground side.
If all the spaces are available, there are 208. But the college may be using some or all of Lot U, particularly during the day and parking will also be used for all the Festival participants and University staff, as well as the public audience.
(view from the south)
1. Central Moravian Church (organ/choir loft, and kleiner Saal)
3. Old Chapel
10. Clewell Dining – lowest level
11. Brethren’s House – Music Building
13. Peter Hall
16. Foy Concert Hall
18. The Hill (housing)
CE Building (Christian Education) is the white structure just behind #5 on this map.
Map on University website
Central Moravian (sanctuary) = Festival Chorus, Orchestra, Handbell Choir, Organ Recital
Central Moravian (kleiner Saal) = Youth activities
Central Moravian Old Chapel = New Worship Ensemble
Hospitality, Festival office is below the Old Chapel (lower level)
Central’s CE building = Steel Pan Ensemble, Children’s program, ACTS youth musical
Peter Hall = Chamber music and smaller ensembles. Go to 2nd floor of Brethren’s House, follow signs.
Foy Concert Hall = Festival Concert Band, Trombone Choir
Clewell Dining is at the lowest level below Peter Hall. Enter doors from outside in the courtyard.
The Hill = on-campus housing. Residents may park in lot Z.
While attending Festival concerts, whether in Central Church or Foy Hall, you are welcome to park in the Church‘s lot or in the University‘s lot.
Map of Bethlehem (close up view, below)
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Chamber groups will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
Joni Roos, Coordinator
Meet in Peter Hall, Moravian University
This is not one group, but a time for many different groups to find, learn, rehearse, and present a piece from the Moravian archives, or a new composition/arrangement you would bring to share. This is where the more traditional groupings would be found (string quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet) but creativity is encouraged.
Instrumental Examples, but a very small sample:
J. F. Peter – Six String Quintets (so there are 18 mvmts to choose from)
John Antes – Three String Trios (9 mvmts)
David Moritz Michael – Partia (written for 6 winds: 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 horns) [bassoon parts could be played by euphonium or trombone]
The Steel Pan Ensemble will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
Janique Simmons and Tory Reid, Co-Leaders
Auditorium, Christian Education Bldg (CE)
No previous experience is necessary.
Tory and Janique will introduce you to the instruments and lead the participants through lessons, to rehearsals, working toward a presentation to the Festival on Friday or Saturday.
Instruments will be provided.
The Handbell Choir will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
Participation limited to 24 ringers.
Please bring your white handbell gloves.
Jan Harke, Handbell Choir Director
Choir / Organ loft of Central Moravian, sanctuary
Handbell Choir, since 2013, has been an integral part of the Festival.
The Festival Trombone Choir will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
Don Kemmerer, Trombone Choir Director
Foy Hall, Moravian University
The Trombone Choir (Posaunenchor) is a tradition of the Moravian Church, dating back to 1733, when the first set of trombones arrived in Herrnhut, Germany.
The Festival is a unique opportunity for trombonists to perform as an ensemble, and many other instrumentalists bring trombones to join in.
Moravians have used brass ensembles and bands since their earliest years in Herrnhut to announce special events and to accompany singing at outdoor services and funerals. Trombones were some of the first instruments received in or imported to Moravian settlements in North America, where, in certain congregations, like Bethlehem, PA (Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir), Downey (CA) and Glenwood (Madison, WI), the original instrumentation of trombones in soprano, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass, is preserved. The Salem Trombone Choir (Winston-Salem, NC) also uses exclusively SATB trombones and is a performing ensemble formed as a non-profit organization to promote this unique musical art form.
Riddick enjoys music from Bach to the Beatles, from Wagner to the Who, and is interested in the religious themes that can be found in their music. To explore these themes with students, he teaches one Winter-term course entitled Rock Solid Theology, and another Winter-term courses relating the principles of jazz to worship planning.
Riddick’s research addresses the radical and integrated liturgical, cultural and social creativity of the 18th century Moravian Church. More recently his research has focused on how the Moravian Church lives out these principles today, especially as they related to the ordination of women, the viability of congregational models and the impacts of church governance. In his classes, he encourages students to explore how the creative use of religious traditions and social structures may empower the church to address the challenges it faces today.
Don Kemmerer is Director of the Bethlehem Municipal Band and served many years as Director of the Bethlehem Area Trombone Choir. Don is active in the choir and band of East Hills Moravian Church.
Jan Harke is Music Director of Palmer Township Moravian Church in Easton, PA. She is a Project Cataloger with the Moravian Music Foundation, working on the GemeinKat Project, uploading MMF’s catalog data to the online searchable databases, Worldcat.org and RISM.
Joni Roos, chamber music and small ensembles coordinator, is in great demand as a teacher, performer, and clinician inthe Central Florida area. As Artist-in-Residence at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, she teachesviolin and viola, directs the Rollins String Ensemble, and coaches the Rollins Orchestra. She has madenumerous concerto appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, the Space Coast Pops, theBrevard Community Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. She is Concertmaster of the ChamberOrchestra of Florida, the Space Coast Pops, and Principal Second of the Bach Festival Orchestra. She alsoregularly with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra in Tampa
Director of Instrumental Music
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Allen Frank holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Prior to his collegiate studies, Allen studied at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA before a three-year tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps Band. As a member of the Marine Corps Band, Allen served as principal tubist and soloist for the concert and marching bands, as well as the band’s brass quintet. In his time with the Marines, Allen had musical collaborations with such names as the Canadian Brass, the Neville Brothers, and the “President’s Own” Marine Band. Allen was a member of the national touring cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Blast!” before returning to Pennsylvania to begin a career in music education. Allen has also performed as a tuba soloist with the Allentown Band, which carries the name of America’s oldest civilian concert band and is currently a member of the Mainstreet Brass Quintet.
Dr. Sinclair is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College.
He teaches conducting, a variety of other classes as needed and serves as the primary conductor for the Department of Music. He is also celebrating his 25th season [2014-15] as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He also currently conducts the International Moravian Music Festivals, the Messiah Choral Society (Winter Park), and has conducted for the Berkshire Choral Festival and numerous others.
Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty years, he has made over one thousand appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, the Moravian Music Foundation, and the Bach Festival Society.
BACH FESTIVAL SOCIETY OF WINTER PARK