Ken Nafziger

Ken Nafziger

Office Phone: (540) 432-4222


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: LA 003


Music Dept

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 the Winchester Musica Viva (in Winchester, Va.). This season, he concluded his 16-year position as conductor and music director of Voce Chamber Singers (in Reston, 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

8-15 June 2014, 22nd annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival; conductor and artistic director, Harrisonburg, Va.

17-18 May, How Can I Keep from Singing – in memory of Jim Harmon, Winchester Musica Viva, Winchester, Va.; conductor

4-5 April, Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Voce Chamber Choir, Reston and Oakton, Va.; conductor

22-23 March, American Songsters: Cole Porter, Marc Blitzstein, Sam Cooke and Stephen Foster, Winchester Musica Viva, Winchester, Va.; conductor

20-23 December 2013, Christmas Music: Benjamin Britten and Conrad Susa, Winchester Musica Viva, Upperville and Winchester, Va.; conductor

13-14 December 2013, Carols for Humanity, a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity, Voce Chamber Choir, with King Street Brass, Alexandria, Herndon and Reston, Va.; conductor

13 December 2013, guest conductor with Waynesboro Chamber Orchestra, Waynesboro, Va.

18-20 October 2013, Do You Hear the People Sing, Voce Chamber Choir, Herndon, Vienna, Oakton, Va.; conductor

Church, Community and Professional Service

19 April, planned and co-led music for the Easter Vigil, Park View Mennonite Church

13 April, EMU Chamber Singers Spring Concert, Come, the Feast is Prepared, Lehman Auditorium

6 April, planned and led a Lenten service of singing with the Harrisonburg Unitarian-Universalist congregation

22-23 March, EMU Chamber Singers Tour to Williamsburg and Richmond

16 March, planned and led music for worship service with the Covenant Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fla.

16 March, a hymn sing for the Fine Arts Series of the Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fla.

10-12 January, co-led 27th annual weekend for music and worship leaders, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Laurelville, Pa.

9 December 2013, EMU Christmas Chapel, We Wait…, planned and co-led with EMU Chamber Singers and Theatre Department

1 December 2013, EMU Chamber Singers, Choral EvenSong at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg

17 November 2013, conducted the combined performance at the EMU Gala Concert, Franz Schubert’s Mass in G

3 November 2013, planned and led a service of singing with the Harrisonburg Unitarian-Universalist congregation

13 October 2013, Worship service planning and leading, with EMU Chamber Singers, EMU Homecoming Weekend

14-15 August 2013, planned and led worship services for Fall Faculty-Staff Conferences, EMU

25-28 July 2013, planned and led worship for Bridgefolk (Catholic-Mennonite annual gathering) at Conrad Grebel University, Waterloo, Ontario

14-18 July 2013, planned and led Morning Prayers for The Hymn Society Annual Conference, Richmond, Va.

Professional Memberships

American Symphony Orchestra League
American Bach Society
American Choral Directors Association
Chorus America
College Music Society
Reimenschneider Bach Institute
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

EMU Service

Committee memberships:
Honors Committee
Bach Festival Board
Hymnsings for undergraduate and seminary chapels