2021 & 2022
July 18 – 24, 2021
In July of 2021…
Please make plans to connect and learn with Moravian and non-Moravian sisters and brothers, of all ages, from across the continent and around the world, as we share our love of the Savior, joy of music, in a variety of online and virtual musical and educational experiences during the week-long Moravian Music Festival.
Then, in the latter half of the week ending July 30, we will again join our voices and instruments in music and worship, along with Moravian and non-Moravian sisters and brothers, of all ages, from across the continent and around the world, as we share our love of the Savior, joy of music, along with learning and the hard work of preparation, in a variety of experiences during the shortened in-person Moravian Music Festival in Bethlehem.
“Those who had come because of their love of any good music, and their enjoyment of singing or playing it, were rewarded a hundred times over by the sheer beauty, the real musical worth,
and above all, the spiritual vitality of the music.”
-Mary Virginia Borhek (about the first Festival in 1950)
2021 will use platforms such as Zoom and YouTube to allow us to connect and share over the internet.
2022 will be on the campuses of Moravian College and Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA.
Make plans to attend the
26th Moravian Music Festival
July 18-24, 2021
Worldwide ~ Virtually Online
Expect special online programs, concerts, workshops, and much educational content, etc.
You will not be online all-day, every day. Sessions will be spaced out through the week, with most being available for viewing after the scheduled time.
Listen and View
concerts, lectures, master classes, demonstrations, etc.
But, we don’t expect you to sit in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day! You will options for when and how long you want to participate.
- rehearsals, concerts, preludes,
- recordings, videos,
- workshops, roundtables, collaborations, lessons, master classes,
- Zoom socials, interest groups, games,
- … and much more!
Concerts and services are free and open to the public.
Concerts each evening are preceded by devotions and a band prelude.
REGISTRATION is required to participate in choral and band programs, other ensembles, workshops, and the children and youth programs.
LEADERS for 2021 & 2022:
- John Sinclair, choral and orchestral conductor;
- Allen Frank, concert band director;
- Rebecca Kleintop Lepore, Festival organist;
- Rev. Melissa Johnson, chaplain;
- Don Kemmerer, trombone choir director;
- Jan Harke, handbell director;
- Joni Roos, chamber ensembles coordinator;
- Randy Gibbs, assistant to the choral conductor;
- Myra Jones, children’s program coordinator;
Festival Planning Committee
Hank Naisby, Festival Chair
Gloria Reisinger, assistant to the Chair
Jeff Long and Blair Flintom, facilities managers
Brian Hay, marketing and public relations
Linda Wickmann, photographer
Nola R. Knouse, MMF
Gwyneth Michel, MMF
Erik J. Salzwedel, MMF
Sarah Durham, MMF
MORAVIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL is a multi-day event providing an opportunity for Moravians and non-Moravians to learn about and enjoy the Moravian musical heritage while obtaining the guidance needed to better interpret this music; and fostering the development of music and worship leadership skills through seminars, workshops, and participation in choral and instrumental groups with the goal of enriching the life of local congregations. The Festival is a ministry of the Moravian Church, meeting the spiritual and fellowship needs of its members; and is a forum for the discussion of current research on Moravian music; and is a vehicle for sharing the rich musical heritage and culture of Moravian communities with the music world at large.
The Moravian Music Foundation preserves, shares, and celebrates Moravian musical culture.