A Moravian Internship Has Its Rewards

Music major Zak Kneeland '12 explored the life and music of J. S. Bach this summer, working as an intern for Dr. Hilde Binford, co-director of at the Bach Institute in Germany. Kneeland chronicled his experience in photos and writing posted on a blog.

For a college music major, it doesn't get much better. Junior Zak Kneeland's summer job description included leading a group of school teachers in the singing of Bach canons every morning, tutoring music theory, and blogging about his four-week experience at the Bach Institute in Germany. "I got to meet and learn from some of the world's leading Bach scholars, while gaining an appreciation for another culture," said the Worcester, Pa., native.

Kneeland was the student assistant of Dr. Hilde Binford, Moravian College associate professor of music and co-director of the Bach Institute—a National Endowment for the Humanities project that immerses teachers (K-12) from across the U.S. in the music and life of Johann Sebastian Bach.

For the 2010 program, "Johann Sebastian Bach: Celebrating the 325th Anniversary of Bach's Birth," the group traveled with professors Binford, Allen Viehmeyer, and other scholars to Eisenach, Leipzig, and Potsdam, Germany, for lectures, performances, discussions, and field trips.

"Baroque music might seem foreign to some, but Bach's music is universal, as I discovered this summer," said Kneeland, a music composition major, specializing in classical piano. "His music is still so moving and completely relevant today." Zachary Kneeland will perform one of his original compositions on the piano at a February 6, 2011 recital in Peter Hall.