Manager of Operations & Communications
Erik Salzwedel, Manager of Operations & Communications, handles most of the communications for MMF, including newsletters, E-News, calendars, the website, social media and videography. He supports the staff and Board in the areas of budgeting/financial planning, data and reporting, fundraising, grantsmanship, event planning, program planning, and other projects.
Erik arranges and edits music, often leads tours and provides or assists with educational programs and content.
Erik is a former Hussite Bell Ringer and is director of the Gregor BellChor at Home Moravian Church. He is 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 studied with Ron Borror (UNCSA, Stony Brook Univ., American Brass Quintet, NY City Ballet Orch., American Symphony). His playing and approach to the bass trombone were heavily influenced by Jeff Reynolds (Downey Moravian Trombone Choir, Los Angeles Philharmonic).
Erik has been Bass Trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, since 1986.
Service to the Church 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 is the proud father of two amazing daughters, Hannah and Eve.
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.