A Tradition of Music

Forty members of the New Herrnhut Moravian Church choir from the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will be in residence from July 20 – 23 in Ephraim. They will be part of the worship service at Ephraim Moravian Church at 10 am on July 20, perform in a concert that evening at the church at 7 pm, and take part in the Anderson Docks-ology on Anderson Dock, at 7:30 pm on July 23.

The choir, which includes a trombone choir, tours all over the Caribbean islands as well as New York City, Atlanta, Winston-Salem, and as far as Germany, Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden.

New Herrnhut was established as a mission to the slaves by Count Nicholas Von Zinzendorf in the year 1739 – the very first mission in the Americas from the Moravians in Europe. Approximately 15 members started the choir at New Herrnhut Church, and music has been an integral part of that church for more than 275 years, “sharing the message of Jesus Christ in song.”

The concert on July 20 is free, but there will be a free-will offering to benefit the Spirit of Peace Church in Milwaukee. Dr. Abe Caceres from Spirit of Peace and World House Music will participate in the church service and concert on the 20th. All are invited to Anderson Dock on the 23rd.