ORGANS IN THE WILDERNESS
Moravians, organ building, and music in eighteenth-century North Carolina
by Dr. Charles G. Vardell
1993 (Reprinted from the original edition of 1944)
A publication of the Moravian Music Foundation
From the text of a lecture given by Mr. Vardell in the Winston-Salem chapter of the Torch Club, while he was Dean of Music at Salem College.
Wherever the Moravians settled, either in America or abroad, music became a focal center of the cultural and the religious life of pioneer communities, however remote. – Howard Rondthaler, President, Salem College
July 8, 1762:
Reaping continued. Br. Graff set up in our Saal the organ he brought from Bethlehem; and during the Singstunde in the evening we heard an organ played for the first time in Carolina and were very happy and thankful that it had reached us safely.