Awards presented by the Moravian Music Foundation acknowledge significant contributions to the musical life and work of the Moravian Church and the Foundation.
The Board of Trustees has established three awards: the Moramus Award, the Award of Merit, and the James V. Salzwedel Award. Nominations for these awards may be submitted to the Nominations and Awards Team. This Team, upon investigation and evaluation, shall recommend, with appropriate documentation, candidates for these awards to the Board of Trustees for action.
The Moramus Award is the Foundation’s most prestigious recognition. It was initiated in 1961 to honor scholars and others whose activities and achievements have resulted in outstanding contributions to American Moravian music and have furthered the work of the MMF, or have had a positive influence upon the goals and stature of the MMF. Possible recipients, rather than being sought out, have exhibited beyond any doubt their qualifications for this award.
Each award shall be inscribed with wording which reflects the achievements of the recipient. It shall be signed by the President of the Board of Trustees and the Director of the MMF. Two copies are to be made; one to be given to the recipient and the other to be framed and prominently displayed at the Foundation headquarters. Presentation should be made in person at any time or location most appropriate, preferably at a public Moravian Music Foundation event.
Moramus Award recipients are:
1961 Irving Lowens
1962 Hans T. David and Wallace Woodworth
1964 Lily Peter and Donald Macomber McCorkle
1966 Thor Johnson
1969 Clarence T. Leinbach
1971 Helen Copenhaven Hanes and Marilyn Purnell Gombosi, Dale H. Gramley, Ewald V. Nolte
1976 R. Arthur Spaugh
1978 Frederick Paul Stocker
1980 Karl Kroeger
1981 Margaret Leinbach Kolb
1982 Allen Spach Goslen
1983 Lee Shields Butterfield
1990 Rev. Henry Williams and Robert King
1994 Richard and Monica Schantz
1999 David Lewis Crosby and Ann B. Manning
2001 Ben van den Bosch
2003 James and Susan Bates and Philip Dunigan
2006 James V. Salzwedel and Richard M. Henderson
2007 J. Michael Allsen
2012 Jill B. Bruckart
2013 David Blum and John V. Sinclair (presented at the 24th Festival)
2014 C. Daniel Crews
2016 Dirk French (presented at Moramus 40th Anniv Concert)
The Award of Merit, established by the Board in 1973 and activated in 1982, is given to deserving groups or individuals who have shown an unusual interest in the Moravian Music Foundation by the contribution of their time, talent, money, or material possessions. It is to be given more freely than the Moramus Award.
Nominations of candidates for the Merit Award may be presented to the Nominations and Awards Committee or may be instigated by the committee itself. The committee shall present recommendations of candidates, together with pertinent supporting information, to the Board of Trustees for its approval.
The James V. Salzwedel Award for Excellence in Church Music (established April 2004) focuses on Moravian music at the most immediate level: that of the music life of the congregation. Over the years, many musicians have given excellent and long-lasting service to music and worship in Moravian congregations. Recognition for these individuals affirms the vital importance of music in Moravian worship; the vital role played by accomplished musicians in leading the music programs in the congregations, in encouraging and supporting congregational song, in the development of musical skills for all members of a congregation, and in guiding young people in their musical and spiritual growth. While very few Moravian congregations have a staff member identified as “Minister of Music”, Moravian worship practice for many centuries has included music as an integral part of worship, and thus the musical leaders of a congregation have a vital ministry in partnership with the ordained clergy.
Recipients of the James V. Salzwedel Award will show significant contributions to the musical life of the congregation(s) they have served, over an extended period of time. While most will hold positions such as choir director, organist, or band director within a congregation (or be retired from such a position), it is possible that a volunteer member of a congregation’s music program may have made such a significant contribution to that congregation’s musical life that the award is clearly merited.
30 awards have been presented, as of February, 2017.