Application for FASA 2013 is Now Open!

Application for the 10th Fine Arts Summer Academy is now available!  This spectacular experience will take place at Lipscomb University July 13-27, 2013.  Participants of the Academy will study and perform all styles of music and art, culminating in a Broadway-style extravaganza in the Allen Arena on July 27, 2013. This year the Academy is proud to announce new tracks, including Composition, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, and Musical Theater for ages 10-13.  Please visit www.FineArtsSummerAcademy.com for more details!

We hope you will join us this summer as we follow the call to make His praise glorious!

Annie Moses Band Announces New Partnership with JRA Fine Arts

Annie Moses Band is proud to announce a new partnership with JRA Fine Arts, a premier booking agency in the Christian/Classical Crossover market. "JRA Fine Arts is an ideal fit for what we do as the Annie Moses Band," says Annie. "By bridging the gap between the faith based community and the performing arts, JRA Fine Arts has been a leader in the mission we see at the heart of our calling - reviving the world of the arts through exceptional talent with a spiritual message. We're excited to see what the future holds." JRA was founded by Jeff Roberts in 1985. From its beginnings as a small start up, the agency has grown to represent some of the best names in Christian music including Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, and Matthew West. A new endeavor launched in 2010, JRA Fine Arts has forged new ground in the classical crossover market, making JRA Fine Arts a unique presence in the performing arts.

Annie Moses Band Wraps Filming on New Music Video

September 21, 2012 - With the upcoming release of their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, on the horizon, the Annie Moses Band wrapped filming on the new music video for their first single, "Blush". Directed by award winning filmmaker, David Kiern, the music video for "Blush" is set inside the glamorous Rippavilla Plantation, a historic mansion infamous for its ghosts. "We shot the music video from sunset to pre-dawn," says Annie, the Band's lead singer. "It was a little spooky, but also magical. The mansion at night is a beautiful place to capture on film." The historic setting provided the perfect backdrop for the radio single which marries a nostalgic message to a modern edge. The song "Blush" was inspired by a quote. "I read this phrase 'they've forgotten how to blush', and the poetry of it hit me," said Ben, the Band's cellist. "I thought, "Wow. Doesn't that describe the magazine racks in the checkout line?" After he shared the idea with the rest of the group, the Band's lyricist, Robin, with the help of her husband, Bill, crafted a song that married nostalgic images to a modern aesthetic. "Blush questions our culture's cynicism and speaks a timeless truth with powerful relevance," says Annie. "It's a song that yearns for a return to the beauty and dignity of innocence."

Annie Moses Band Poised to Release New Album, Pilgrims & Prodigals

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On September 25th, Annie Moses Band will release a new concept album a decade in the making: Pilgrims & Prodigals, a two-disc CD/DVD package that explores the timeless theme of roaming and redemption. With breathtaking instrumental virtuosity and shimmering layered vocals, Pilgrims & Prodigals features 13 diverse tracks that blend the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Eight songs on the album were written or co-written by members of the group. Five other tunes receive inventive re-imaginings that bring fresh new seasonings to familiar standards like “Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim” and “Girl of Constant Sorrow.” “Pilgrims & Prodigals is based on the idea that everyone in the world is going somewhere,” observes Alex Wolaver, who for the first time shares lead vocalist duties with his sister Annie. “We’re all on a personal journey. We are all either someone who’s finding our way back home or we’re someone who’s running away from home. Every song on this album tells one of those two stories.”

Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN., Alex teamed up with award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant,) to produce the new project that was originally imagined nearly a decade ago. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the Annie Moses Band performing the entire album in concert.

“Video is very important to us, because what we do as the Annie Moses Band is very visual,” explains Annie. “By including the live concert DVD with the album, people can see us performing and playing each song on the album.” The band will be seen on PBS stations around the U.S. starting in October for their brand new Pilgrims & Prodigals Public Television concert that will air throughout the fall. The two disc set will be available in stores nationwide.

Annie Moses Band Launches the Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour

Launching September 14 in Corbin, KY, the Annie Moses Band will be touring their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, visiting 20 cities across the United States through November 25 in support of the highly anticipated new release on September 25, 2012. The Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour will visit major markets including Dallas, St. Louis, Miami and Nashville (see complete list of tour dates below). In conjunction with the tour and album, the Annie Moses Band will be performing songs featured on their upcoming Public Television Special of the same name. The special programming airs on PBS stations across the country beginning in October with continual airdates throughout the season.

Annie Moses Band’s 12th studio project to date, Pilgrims & Prodigals is the first non-seasonal release from the prestigious group. On their new collection the family act developed 13 diverse tracks blending the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the bands live performances.

For more information on tour dates, check out the Band's itinerary.

Meet the Annie Moses Band

[featured-video http://vimeo.com/30688131] With the release of Pilgrims & Prodigals, the Annie Moses Band has come full circle. Pilgrims & Prodigals is the culmination of a dream that’s been in the making since its members first started performing together a decade ago. Originally envisioned as a concept project by Annie when she was just 17, Pilgrims & Prodigals is the band’s first commercial release, a self-produced collection of songs that explores the timeless theme of roaming and redemption. Titles like “Catcher in the Rye,” “Progress,” “Read Between the Lies,” “My Room” and “Blush” carry an encouraging message of hope amidst hopelessness, faith amidst despair, and joy amidst sorrow.

“Pilgrims & Prodigals is based on the idea that everyone in the world is going somewhere,” observes Alex, who for the first time shares lead vocalist duties with his sister Annie. “We’re all on a personal journey. We are all either someone who’s finding our way back home or we’re someone who’s running away from home. Every song on this album tells one of those two stories.”

Universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for their electrifying instrumental virtuosity and shimmering layered vocals, the Annie Moses Band soars to unprecedented new heights on Pilgrims & Prodigals. Eight songs on the album were written or co-written by members of the group. Five other tunes receive inventive re-imaginings that bring fresh new seasonings to familiar standards like “Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim” and “Girl of Constant Sorrow.” There are even two “pop cover songs” – “Love Song” (Elton John) and “I Got a Name” (Jim Croce) – that take on unexpected new life here. The album is a sophisticated, complex blending of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure, carrying listeners along on a musical fast track that never falters and never disappoints.

Reflecting on the band’s newfound musical maturity, Benjamin says, “You learn a great deal sonically with each album. And I think we’ve experienced an arrival sonically as artists with this album. It ultimately achieves everything that we wanted it to.”

One of the highlights of the collection is an all-instrumental arrangement of an old Irish jig called ‘The Blarney Pilgrim.’ Dressed up via Bill’s innovatively-stylized arrangement and featuring lightning-fast string work, ‘Blarney Pilgrim” shows why it’s a huge crowd pleaser whenever the band plays it live in concerts. Another highlight is Alex’s self-penned “The Road Well Traveled,” which he wrote after re-reading Robert Frost’s celebrated poem, “The Road Not Taken.” The arrangement features Alex on lead vocals and a terrific piano solo by Camille.

“Blush” is a song that sprang from an idea Benjamin suggested to his mother. Robin sat down to work on the lyrics and then added the melody with Bill. “Blush” is about remembering a time when things were not broken, when the expectation was not failure but success,” Benjamin says thoughtfully. “It’s about trying to return to that mindset where we expect the best, work for the best and believe in the best.”

Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed in partnership with television veteran, Tom Clynes and his team at Dream Journey Productions, the television production company behind the band’s highly-popular public television specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the 13-track CD plus a companion DVD. The hour-long DVD showcases the Annie Moses Band performing the entire album in concert, along with on-camera spoken introductions, warmly-shared memories of family background and heritage, and personal photographs. It offers a visual kaleidoscope of the band’s astonishing breadth and range. The concert was filmed in Nashville with seven cameras capturing the galvanizing musicianship of the Wolaver family onstage.

The concert shown in the DVD will air nationally as a special on public television in the fall of 2012. Television has been an extremely valuable marketing tool for the band in the past, and they believe the visual element will continue to be a key component in their success. “Video is very important to us, because what we do as the Annie Moses Band is so visual,” explains Annie. “When you listen to an album, you can’t tell who’s singing what line or what instrument they’re playing. You aren’t envisioning the musicians who are doing all those parts, or who’s playing which instrument. By including the live concert DVD with the album, people can actually see us performing and playing each song on the album.”

Pilgrims & Prodigals was recorded in Nashville with Alex serving as producer and engineer. (Michael Omartian joined Alex as producer on “Where Do We Go from Here” and “Read Between the Lies.”). Working in a relaxed atmosphere in their own home studio gave them the chance to experiment, stretching their boundaries musically and challenging themselves in ways they hadn’t tried before. With dad Bill devising innovative form-shifting arrangements and mother Robin contributing lyrics to several of their collaborations, the band was able to assume a strong presence in all aspects of the writing and recording process.

Says Alex, “I think that whenever you start a project, there’s a kind of surge that happens artistically and creatively, and I think we all definitely had that in creating this album.” Adds Annie, “Even though our band started 10 years ago, this really is our first release. I feel in some ways like it’s a springboard into the next place, into the next chapter of our life. And that’s very exciting!”

Annie Moses Band to perform live on Good Morning Texas!

The Annie Moses Band, America's premier string pop group, will be performing live on Good Morning Texas, ABC, June 7th at 10:00 AM. On the heels of their smash PBS debut, Christmas with the Annie Moses Band, which set the record for most airings ever for a new artist, Annie Moses Band is poised to release their first mainstream album, Pilgrims and Prodigals, September 18, 2012, currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Annie Moses Band is a family group of Juilliard trained string players with a trademark pop style with jazz and fiddle influences. Fans who pre-order Pilgrims and Prodigals get special access to an online streaming version of the new album.

A February To Remember

Well, we're at home. Despite several rather serious attacks of bronchitis, pneumonia, and the like, we're all doing very well. Benjamin is still rather weak but steadily climbing the hill to health. The weather in Nashville on this Monday is very bright and lovely. February and March like to tickle our hopes with false Springs; I hope I've learned their tricks by now…. maybe.

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of getting to play on FamilyLife's 'Love LIke You Mean It' marriage cruise. It was a ton of fun. Unfortunately, because of cruise rules, Mr. Chubby—otherwise known as David Dupre the cutest, sweetest baby on earth—wasn't able to come with us. Babies have to be at least 6 months to go aboard. So, to Grandma Robin's joy, she watched the munchkin while Annie and Scott were away. Annie flew out to make it on the ship, played a concert that night, then flew back to Nashville with Scott the next day when we reached the Bahamas to be reunited with their little joy.

The only problem with this picture was one thing… that we had another concert on the last night of the cruise…. and Annie wouldn't be there. When I first knew of this plan several weeks ago, my mental picture was of all of us on stage in normal assembly, with one giant hole center front stage.

Do a show without Annie? How could that be???

Thankfully, however, we have a few creative minds in the house. So, to our delight, some friends came with us. Joshua Carswell and Julian Kaplan, two very dear friends who have been part of the Fine Arts Summer Academy for many, many years, are starting a new group. Trust me, it's one of the most fun vocal—jazz groups I've ever heard: it's an awesome mix of clear, beautiful trumpet (played by Mr. Kaplan), Joshua's amazing tenor vocals, and really, really fun arrangements of wow-some classics.

So, on the last evening of the cruise, outside with a mild oceanic sky above us, Alex and I pulled out all the stops playing some gypsy fiddle (it was SO much FUN!!), and we all listened as Joshua, Julian, and their awesome band, blew it out of the ballpark. It was a wonderful evening. Plus, the ladies in our entourage got to sing backup to one of their songs written by the Annie Moses Band's Bill and Robin Wolaver. 'You Look Good In Love' is a peppy Diana Krall-ish jingle. A total blast.

In a word, we all had a wonderful time. During the five days of sea freedom, a few of us tried our hand at a little golf…. let's just say that not all golfers are created equal. We also got a chance to snorkel with a very large school of very colorful fish. I always expect to be gazing at a fish, look up, see a shark, and faint… but it never happens, so I guess I'll repeat the sequence next time.

It was nice to get away from the rain for a while, but also nice to come back home. Funny how that works, huh? I simply can't wait for Joshua and Julian to release their first record - and you should be excited too, believe me.

Well, that's the update for now!

And, one more thing, if you ever have the opportunity to have a crepe with honey and whipped cream - do it!

Gretchen

The Annie Moses Band and the New American Choir and Orchestra make their Carnegie Hall debut!

Annie Moses Band @ Carnegie Hall

"Wow," echoed a voice from the back of the hall. In any other hall, Mr. Hall's comment would not have been heard, but in the perfect acoustics of Carnegie Hall you can literally hear a pin drop. And as a description of what the debut performance of the Annie Moses Band and the New American Choir and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall was like, Mr. Hall's exclamation sums up the experience for everyone: "Wow". From January 12 through the 15th, four hundred people from every corner of the United States converged on the Sheraton Hotel near Times Square, NYC to prepare a night of outstanding music. Every generation was represented from 12 year old violinists from the Annie Moses Band's annual Fine Arts Summer Academy to experienced choral vocalists entering their 80th decade. What united everyone was a common goal: to obey the command of the Psalmist to 'make His praise glorious!'.

Hours of feverish preparations (and two evenings of great fun and fellowship) bonded this wonderful group of musicians and singers into a outstanding choir and orchestra led by the legendary conductor, Camp Kirkland.

Headlining the event were the Juilliard trained performers of the Annie Moses Band in their Carnegie Hall debut. 'It has been a long journey for us,' said Robin, the mother and visionary of the Annie Moses Band. 'I can remember arriving in New York City for the first time in 1999. Even then, the Lord was moving to bring us to this place and time.'

A distinctive calling set this performance apart for the Band and the musicians and vocalists joining them: to send a message to the world that the arts exist to glorify the Creator. "We see this as the first night of many nights to come when the truth of God and the good news of Jesus will be presented with excellence on the most renowned stages in the world,' said Alex, the Band's violist. 'The performers here are on the front line, bringing an artistically and spiritual profound presentation of Jesus' Kingdom to New York City and the world.'

The concert itself proved spectacular, ending with two encores and a standing ovation. A litany of FASA alumni were also featured in a rollicking medley entitled "FASA Follies" that climaxed in a rousing version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?". From the powerful opening song "Glory Giver", accompanied by full choir and orchestra, to the spell binding Ralph Vaughan Williams inspired "Ancient Paths" to the climactic reprise of the theme song, "Make His Praise Glorious", the Annie Moses Band and the New American Choir and Orchestra electrified the most legendary hall in music.

Behind the scenes, watching with satisfaction was the indispensable man, Roy Hayes and his team at True North Productions who organized and planned the event. True North Productions exists to bring outstanding talent to outstanding venues in order to edify the Church and bring the Gospel to an ever wider audience. After the rousing performance at Carnegie, everyone could agree: "Mission Accomplished".

Day 11 & 12: 2011 Christmas Tour

December 13 was a delightful day for us all. Having loaded in and set up at FBC Kettering the previous day, we were able to sleep in that morning and then go complete some much-needed Christmas shopping. That night we were further blessed to perform for the good folks of Dayton, OH. Thanks for a great visit guys! December 14 found us once again in Dayton, OH, this time completing AMB work at Caribou Coffee at the mall there. We enjoyed some fellowship together, working as we burned some of our favorite Christmas mixes and sipped our favorite drinks and taking breaks by walking across the street to the bookstore to peruse the aisles.

Mid-afternoon we left for Fort Wayne, Indiana. We read, listened to Christmas music, conversed with one another, and, at long length, found our destination, complete with a warm and inviting Panera Bread for supper, and a comfy bed to rest our heads upon.

~Camille

Day 10: 2011 Christmas Tour

We had a great time with everyone at Packard Music Hall in Warren, OH tonight! The concert was a gift to the community, hosted by 10 different churches in the area. Walmart gift cards were given out to the needy and many lives were touched. It was a blessing to play for you all! Well, tomorrow takes us to Dayton, OH, where we'll be playing at FBC Kettering on Tuesday. We're looking forward to it! The drive's a relatively short one, so hopefully we'll have the chance to fit in some Christmas shopping. Gotta squeeze it in where you can on the road! God has been very, very good to us throughout this trip. Protecting us along every drive and blessing us with such kind, hospitable hosts. We are truly thankful and looking forward with great anticipation for the 7 concerts between now and Christmas!! So, with that, I bid you a very good night!

~Gretchen

Day 9: 2011 Christmas Tour

This morning began with a 5 AM departure for Franklin, NC, a beautiful little town tucked away in the rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains.  We were due to perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  We had played there once before, right after Annie & Scott were married, and now we were blessed to be back, right after Alex & Berklee were married. We had a delicious lunch at the theater's own picturesque restaurant, the Boiler Room.  The restaurant was graced with the prettiest Christmas tree to date, all decorated in scarlet ribbons and ornaments.  This was only the foretaste of the beautiful decor to be seen in the theater itself.  A towering tree in the foyer, adorned with turquoise and gold, a theater wreathed in lights and ribbons and holly and trees, a shining grand piano in the midst of it all, and scarlet velvet curtains joined to create a most beautiful atmosphere.

The concert that night was blessed and beautiful with all the Christmas surroundings, the full house, and the lovely beloved music.  We were so glad to be able to play for you all and meet all you Smoky Mountain natives!

Our next concert is Warren, OH on the 11th in the Packard Music Hall at 6:00 PM.  Hope to see ya'll out there!

~Camille

Day 8: 2011 Christmas Tour

This morning began with a 4 AM wakeup call, a 5 hour drive, and an arrival to lunch at Raleigh First Assembly.  The sun was shining for the first time in a few days, so we very much enjoyed the light! After a bit of necessity shopping and then resting at the hotel, we returned to the church for soundcheck, rehearsal, a delicious supper, and then the long awaited-for concert.  The stage was decorated with real trees, silvery white, reminding us of the stark beauty of midwinter.

We played for a packed house, full of friends from all the many FASAs that we have held in Raleigh, NC.  It was such a blessing to see all of you!  We are surrounded by such sweet and loving people.  We love you all!

Tomorrow we play in Franklin, NC at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  Hope to see ya'll out there!

~Camille