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Kenneth Nafziger was a post-doctoral conducting student with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart-Germany. In addition to his EMU course load, he is artistic director and conductor of the annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (Harrisonburg, Va.), and of Winchester Musica Viva (in Winchester, Va.). Between 1999 and 2003, he made numerous trips to Cuba, where he was a guest orchestral and choral conductor, taught courses and workshops, and led EMU Chamber Singers. He was music editor of ‘Hymnal: A Worship Book’ (1992), editor of its accompaniment handbook, and assistant to the editor of ‘Sing the Journey’ (2005) and ‘Sing the Story’ (2007). He is active in the United States and Canada as a guest conductor, workshop leader and clinician. He co-authored a book ‘Singing, a Mennonite Voice’, which was released in 2001.
Post-doctoral study in conducting with Helmuth Rilling, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 1975-76
D.M.A., University of Oregon, 1970
B.A., Goshen College, 1963
They brought Christmas with them © 2012, a CD recording of mostly original arrangements, Musica Viva; conductor
Shakespeare Songs, Complete Songs by Matthew Harris © 2012, a CD recording, Voce; conductor
Light © 2011, a CD recording of Christmas music, Laudate Mennonite Ensemble; conductor
Love Songs © 2011, a CD recording with Winchester Musica Viva; conductor
Sing the Story, © 2007, Faith & Life Resources, Scottdale, Pa.; assistant to the editor, and producer/director of two CDs to accompany this volume
Sing the Journey, © 2005, Faith & Life Resources, Scottdale, Pa.; assistant to the editor, and producer/director of two CDs to accompany this volume
Singing: A Mennonite Voice, © 2001, Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa., co-authored with Marlene Kropf
Hymnal: Accompaniment Handbook, © 1993, Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., et al; editor/writer/compiler
Hymnal: A Worship Book, © 1992, Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., et al; music editor
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
14-21 June 2015, 23nd annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival; conductor and artistic director, Harrisonburg, Va.
18-19 May 2015 What a Piece of Work is Man, Winchester Musica Viva, Winchester, Va.; conductor
19, 20, 21 December 2014, Icons for the Season, Winchester Musica Viva, Upperville and Winchester, Va.; conductor
25-26 October 2014, Music of the Beatles and More Winchester Musica Viva, Winchester, Va.; conductor
Church, Community and Professional Service
24 May 2015, planned and led a service of singing with the Harrisonburg Unitarian-Universalist congregation
19 April 2015, EMU Chamber Singers at Community Mennonite Church; participated in the worship service
12 April 2015, EMU Chamber Singers, Spring Concert 2015, Park View Mennonite Church
12 April 2015, EMU Chamber Singers at Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway; participated in the worship service
29 March 2015, EMU Chamber Singers at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Harrisonburg; participated in the worship service
25 March 2015, EMU Chamber Singers led University Lenten Chapel
24 March 2015, EMU Chamber Singers Lenten Concert in Asbury United Methodist Church’s Lenten concert series.
[22 March 2015, EMU Chamber Singers at Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg; participated in the worship service – planned, but was cancelled due to snow storm]
15-16 January 2015, clinician, worship leader, and hymn sing leader, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Ithaca, N.Y., and consultant with pastor, musician, music and worship committees on re-thinking their worship service and practices
9-11 January 2015, co-led 28th annual weekend for music and worship leaders, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Laurelville, Pa.
8 December 2014, EMU Christmas Chapel, Wake Us to See a New World, planned and co-led with EMU Chamber Singers and Theatre Department
7 December 2014, EMU Chamber Singers, Choral EvenSong at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg
7 December 2014, EMU Chamber Singers and string ensemble (Bach cantata) at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, participated in the worship service
22-23 November 2014, workshop, hymn sing and worship leader, Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa.
15 November 2014, conducted the combined performance at the EMU Gala Concert, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Part I
19 October 2014, planned and led a service of singing with the Harrisonburg Unitarian-Universalist congregation
12 October 2012, Worship service planning and leading, with EMU Chamber Singers, EMU Homecoming Weekend
13-14 August 2014, planned and led worship services for Fall Faculty-Staff Conferences, EMU
10 August 2014, planned and led music for an all singing Sunday morning worship service, First Mennonite Church, Richmond, Va.
24-27 July 2014, planned and led worship for Bridgefolk (Catholic-Mennonite annual gathering) at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn.
American Symphony Orchestra League
American Bach Society
American Choral Directors Association
College Music Society
Reimenschneider Bach Institute
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
Bach Festival Board
Hymnsings for undergraduate and seminary chapels