Moravian Music Brought to Light

$2,020 of $300k goal

Raised by 13 people in 6 months
Erik Salzwedel
for Moravian Music Foundation Inc
 WINSTON SALEM, NC
Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) holds the music archive of the American Moravian Church and collections of several of its entities. For 60 years, MMF has preserved, edited, published, and recorded these musical treasures of Europe and the Americas that date to the 17th century. MMF shares with the world, the message, artistry, and joy of Moravian music

To help us share with the world, we are connecting to WorldCat  (the world's largest library catalog) and RISM  (the International Inventory of Musical Sources). GemeinKat  is our project to publish the MMF catalog of 10,000+ holdings for search and research by the Moravian and non-Moravian music world. This requires scanning of the card catalog by contracted digital and human resources and fine tuning of data. MMF is then customizing the data in 1000's of records and entering 1000's of musical incipits (examples) with both digital and human resources, in house. These resources are expensive.

Having already gone live with over 40,000 records, so far, we are only about half way, and it will take another $300,000 to complete the project.

No examination of the music of early America can be complete without taking the Moravians into account.  

The Moravians could be deemed the most advanced musical society in the colonies; with many firsts. First American organ builder was a Moravian; First chamber music written by an American, John Antes; First string works in formal sonata form to have been composed in America, J. F. Peter; First American performance of Haydn's CREATION, 1811.  All this, and so much more, from the oldest protestant denomination. 

The Moravians in America  have fostered musical activities of high quality and rich diversity, both instrumental and vocal, both in worship and in recreational pursuits, for hundreds of years.
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Update 2
Posted by Erik Salzwedel
1 month ago
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Well over 15,000 records have been uploaded to GemeinKat! ...including:
Bethlehem Congregation Collection records (2375)
Dover Congregation Collection records (153)
Herbst Collection records (1710)
Lititz Congregation Collection records (1515)
Salem Congregation Collection records (1636)
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Update 1
Posted by Erik Salzwedel
5 months ago
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This project has already involved scanning around 90,000 cards from the card catalog of music holdings to be converted to digital records.
From card catalog to searchable data...
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$2,020 of $300k goal

Raised by 13 people in 6 months
Created August 26, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Moravian Music Foundation Inc
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Winston-salem, NC
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EF
$250
Erdmute D. Frank
1 month ago
JR
$25
John Rohrer
1 month ago
$500
Anonymous
3 months ago
HG
$100
Harold Garrison
4 months ago
MH
$50
Mayne Hill
5 months ago
JB
$100
Juanita Barnett
5 months ago

This sounds like a wonderful archive and what a great project! Good luck!

$500
Anonymous
5 months ago
BS
$200
Barbara Strauss
5 months ago

I am making this donation in honor of our cataloging team: Dave Blum, Donna Rothrock, Bri Nave, Jill Bruckart, Jan Harke, Pauline Fox, Isaac Weber and Susan Decker. My pleasure to work with you.

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