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 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 has been Bass Trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, since 1986.
Salzwedel and his wife, Mary Elen Kollman, live near Bethabara; they are members of Home Moravian Church.