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 should be written and submitted to the Nominations and Awards Team of the MMF Board. (Contact: Nola 336-725-0651 or Gwyn 610-866-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org) This Team, upon investigation and evaluation, shall recommend, with appropriate documentation, candidates for these awards to the Board of Trustees for action.
Awards recognize the dedicated service; joyful sharing of the gift of music in and beyond worship; and contributions to preserving,
sharing, and celebrating Moravian musical culture.
Description and Listing of all Awards
The Moramus Award
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.
Most recent Moramus Award recipients are:
2012 Jill B. Bruckart
2013 David Blum and John V. Sinclair (presented at the 24th Moravian Music Festival)
2014 C. Daniel Crews (presented during MMF Trustee dinner)
2016 Dirk French (presented at Moramus 40th Anniv Concert)
2017 Susan Keck Foster (presented at the 25th Moravian Music Festival)
2018 Rebecca Lepore (presented at Central, May 6)
2018 Barbara Strauss (presented at Moramus Chorale with Calvary Chancel Choir concert)
Read recent awards: Moramus 2017 2018
The Award of Merit
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 uncommon 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 initiated by the committee itself.
Latest recipient: Scott Carpenter, Director of Music Programming, Organist and Curator of Keyboard Instruments for Old Salem Museums & Gardens; presented at the Moramus Chorale Concert, Oct. 21, 2018.
The James V. Salzwedel Award
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. Recipients will show significant contributions to the musical life of the congregation(s) they have served, over an extended period of time. 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 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.
42 awards have been presented, as of October, 2018.
Joyce Sainato, has served Sharon Moravian Church as organist since 1967, accompanying countless worship services with sensitivity, grace, and expressiveness. She taught public school music in the Akron area and served as a Director of Youth Choir and Brass Choir at Sharon.
Keith Weatherman, band director at Hope since 1977, member of the choir for over 40 years as tenor, and choir director since 2014.
Gerald Jenkins II, served the Lake Mills Moravian Church as choir director from January 1, 1964, until June 9, 2019
Richard T. Miller II, in 1995 became the Old Chapel Organist, and in 2004 helped organize the Old Chapel Choir. He plays for many services, including Christmas morning, Holy Week, and New Year’s Eve. Interim organist at College Hill and Midway Manor Moravian Churches, and seven years as organist and choir director at West Side Moravian Church.
James Basta, music director in Moravian congregations for more than four decades, serving for the past 16 years at Unity Moravian in Lewisville after ten years at Mizpah Moravian and ten years at Home Moravian. Before moving to Winston-Salem in 1982, while in the Marine Band in Washington, D.C., you were organist for worship services at the White House, and you later served as organist and choir director at Trinity Moravian Church in New Carrollton, Maryland. You led the Salem Community Orchestra as founding conductor for 33 years. For more than 25 years you have given free piano lessons at the Sims Recreation Center in the Happy Hills neighborhood. You served as Concert Band Director for the Moravian Music Festivals of 1990, 1996, and 2003.
Nancy Sawtelle, Director of Music at Friedland Moravian Church for the past 24 years; elementary school teacher for 29 years.
Gwyneth Michel, Asst. Director of the Moravian Music Foundation; Director of Unitas Chorale; Director of Music at College Hill Moravian Church; presented Oct. 14, 2018