Erik Salzwedel, Business Manager, handles most of the communications for MMF, including print, the website, and social media. He is involved in budgeting, fundraising, Board and staff support, program planning, and other projects, as needed.
Prior to joining MMF, Erik was Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at UNC School of the Arts; Executive Director of Arts United for Davidson County (Lexington); and held various management positions with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem symphonies.
Erik is a former Hussite Bell Ringer and is director of the Gregor BellChor at Home Moravian Church and assistant director of the Home Church Band.
A prolific composer and arranger, Erik strives to create appropriate, worshipful music for instruments and voices. While the majority of his compositions are for trombone & organ, or various combinations of brass, he has also written 24 pieces for handbells.
A Moravian bandsman since the moment he buzzed into his first trombone in 6th grade (with the help of Denny Fordham), Erik was guided, early on, by Sandy Poindexter, and heavily influenced by Ron Borror and Jeff Reynolds (Downey Moravian Trombone Choir, L. A. Philharmonic). Erik has been Bass Trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, since 1986.
Like Gwyn, church service is part of Erik’s heritage: his father, grandfather, and three uncles are/were Moravian ministers, as are three of his cousins.
Salzwedel and his wife, Mary Elen Kollman, live near Bethabara; they are members of Home Moravian Church. Erik has two daughters, Hannah and Eve.