Director of THE MORAMUS CHORALE
Drake Flynt, Conductor of the Moramus Chorale, is also Director of Music at King Moravian Church in King, North Carolina. As his profession, he is President of Second Nature Gardens, Ltd. in Winston-Salem. His favorite occasion of the church year is the Great Sabbath, for which he is conductor of the Great Sabbath Service of Music of Salem Congregation.
In 2006, Drake Flynt was awarded the James V. Salzwedel Award for Excellence in Church Music.
The award reads:
Under your direction for more than twenty years, the music programs at King Moravian Church have grown into one of the most vital parts of the congregation’s ministry. Singers of all ages have benefited from your musical leadership, your warmth and energy, and your visible love for Christ and the church which flows into love and respect for all people and a passion for musical quality.
You have encouraged young people to exercise their musical talents. You have welcomed new members into the congregation by inviting them to participate in music. You have fostered an atmosphere of Christian community and support, and several of the congregation members are composing and arranging music. You have led the King Moravian Choir to make recordings to raise funds for a pipe organ for the sanctuary.
Through conducting the Great Sabbath Service of Music for Salem Congregation, and the first annual Mathias Moravian concert at Salem College; through the King Moravian Church choir’s recording to raise funds for a pipe organ; through your artistic direction of the Moravian Music Foundation’s recording of Moravian hymns; you have earned the high regard of musicians, professional and amateur alike. You have invited all to join in singing the song of songs, “Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain!”
Because of your significant contributions to the musical life of King Moravian Church and the Southern Province and beyond, the Moravian Music Foundation Board of Trustees and staff take delight in presenting you with the JAMES V. SALZWEDEL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHURCH MUSIC. Winston-Salem, North Carolina, May 21, 2006
Mary Louise Kapp Peeples
Accompanist / organist OF THE MORAMUS CHORALE
The daughter of a Moravian minister, Mary Lou Kapp Peeples began organ study at age twelve and in the same year assumed her first post as a church organist. Well-known conductor Thor Johnson soon became aware of her extraordinary talent and asked her to accompany Moravian Music Festivals. She played for seven of these festivals from local to international level with Johnson and Ewald Nolte, and returned in 1984 as organ clinician for the international festival. She has performed numerous recitals in the United States and France, including a recital at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. She was selected by internationally-renowned organist Marie-Claire Alain to study privately with her in Paris for two years. During this time she served as assistant organist-choirmaster to Susan Landale at St. George’s Anglican Church in Paris, as organist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as harpsichord accompanist for flute students of Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was nominated for the finals in the Chartres International Organ Competition. On Easter Sunday, 1976, before a standing-room audience, she became the first American organist to present a recital at Eglise St. Louis des Invalides in Paris. Additionally, she sang in a series concert which was broadcast on Radio France sponsored by the Societe de Musique d’Autrefois. As harpsichord soloist, she was featured three times with members of the Montgomery and Alabama Symphony Orchestras in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. She has also performed with Carolina Baroque and Carolina Chamber Symphony.
Mrs. Kapp Peeples earned music performance degrees from Salem College and the Eastman School of Music. Her major teachers were Margaret and John Mueller and Russell Saunders. She also performed in master classes with Arthur Poister, Hans Wunderlich, Vernon de Tar, and Catherine Crozier Gleason. She was organ recitalist and clinician for the Alabama Music Teachers Association state convention, served as organ advisor, for the Alabama MTA, and currently serves as Organ/Harpsichord Chair for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. She was an adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association Southern Division Competition in 1985, and was published in The American Music Teacher. For many years she served as an appointed member of the Liturgy and Music Department of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, and was organist for the Royal School of Church Music Training Course in 1998 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her choral music training includes work with John Dexter, Milford Fargo, Robert Shaw, Sir David Willcocks, Thomas Dunn, Eph Ely, Ann Jones, Jean Ashworth Bartle, and Andrea Klouse. Mary Lou was the subject of a feature article entitled “Outstanding Alabamians” in Alabama magazine. For over twenty years she and her husband Wade were professors of music at Judson College, where they received several awards for teaching excellence. They now live in Winston-Salem, where she serves as organist at Calvary Moravian Church and accompanist for the Moramus Chorale.