Moravian Music

A Tradition of Singing and Music

Fine music, especially congregational singing, has always been a core part of Moravian worship. In fact, the Moravians really invented congregational singing. They published the first hymnal for congregational singing in 1505, and over the next centuries continued to add to a rich and unique liturgical and musical tradition.

When John and Charles Wesley met the Moravians in 1735, there was very little singing in the Church of England. Solemn chants from the choir and some chanted psalms from the congregation was the extent of it. Both the Wesleys enthusiastically adopted Moravian practices, borrowing hymn tunes and writing new poems to be sung to popular folk tunes of the day.

Music education for laypeople has also been an important part of our tradition, young Moravians are often trained early on brass or wind instruments. Choral singing and performance is also valued highly.

Trinity Moravian carries on these great traditions with our senior choir, our LOGOS choir, a bell choir, and an active band.

One shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that “Moravian Music” is all classical!  New songs and hymns are being created all the time.  Our worship service frequently features newly written hymns (often written by creative Trinity members!) and song written by folks we know well.