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Annual Moses Lecture to Examine Relevance of Moravian Music across Denominations

Bethlehem, Pa., April 12, 2006— Dr. Alice M. Caldwell will present a talk, “Moravian Music on a Mission” at Moravian Theological Seminary’s annual Moses Lectures in Moravian Studies. Caldwell will discuss 18th century Moravian music with special attention to its role in missionary trips as well as discussing its modern relevance to other American denominations. Her talk will be held in the Seminary’s Bahnson Center on Thursday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Caldwell will discuss the importance of music to 18th century Moravians in both America and Germany. She will also trace the transition of Moravian music to places like Labrador during missionary work of that era. “Music can continue to serve a purpose of mission when it is exported to modern non-Moravian congregations,” she asserts.

Caldwell has researched Moravian music history topics for over two decades. She received a bachelor’s degree in organ at Oberlin Conservatory and a doctorate in musicology at New York University. Currently she combines teaching, conducting, performing, and research in positions at Redding Elementary School, Redding, CT; the German School of Connecticut, Weston, CT; and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Fairfeld, CT.

The Walter Vivien Moses Lectures in Moravian Studies are presented yearly in memory of Bishop Walter Vivien Moses, a noted Old Testament scholar and dean of Moravian Theological Seminary. He was also a leader in the Moravian Church’s responses to social issues of the twentieth century. The lectures are funded by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. They have taken place since 1995 at Moravian Theological Seminary, expanding to include repetitions in North Carolina and Wisconsin in 2000. Repetitions for this year have not yet been announced.

Admission to the lecture is free, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. Registration may be submitted online at http://www.moravianseminary.edu by following the links on the continuing education page or by telephone, 610-861-1516. All participants will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units. The Bahnson Center is located at 60 West Locust Street in Bethlehem.