Awards presented by the Moravian Music Foundation
acknowledge significant contributions to the musical life
and work of the Moravian Church and the Foundation.

Dirk French Moramus Award

Dirk French Moramus Award


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 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.



Robert Clark Oak Grove

Robert Clark

Phyllis Ronald Ohio

Phyllis Ronald

Dale Balzer Unionville MI

Dale Balzer

Bill Hutchins HOME

Bill Hutchins


Donald Armitage






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)

Moramus Award Recipients     Read recent awards:   Moramus 2017 2018

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.

Merit Award Recipients

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.

31 awards have been presented, as of October, 2018.

Latest recipient: 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

Salzwedel Award Recipients