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It is essential for every artist to package and present what they do in a compelling manner. The Artist Development Program is designed to help you do just that.

The ADP is an elite program for aspiring artists. Over the Festival, participants receive coaching and instruction by industry specialists in branding, imaging, the creation of a live show, performance coaching, songwriting, audio recording, production, and vocal and instrumental technique. The purpose of the program is to produce artists who can enter the professional realm fully equipped for every situation.

At the end of the ADP program artists will have produced:

  • two song recording

  • professional photos

  • multi-camera video performance for use on your website, social media, and promotions.

  • artists will participate in the ADP and Creator Showcase Livestream from ManAlive Studios, as well as other Festival showcases and gala according to the artists instrumentation and casting.


All applicants for the Artist Development Program must submit one original song and one cover song, a live audition video, and a written essay detailing their vision for their career as an artist. Families or multi-member groups may audition as a unit. Additional participants are $400. Songs that are submitted may or may not be selected for the artist's final demo. All decisions will be made jointly with the producers and directors of the Program. 


The number of artists in the Artist Development Program is limited to 10. An "artist" may include multiple people depending on the group in question. Each additional member of an "artist" group costs an additional $400. 

Students who are accepted into the program will be notified as of May 15, if not before. Mandatory homework will be required prior to an artist's arrival in Nashville (e.g. branding, songwriting, etc...). All participants should have a budget prepared for wardrobe purchases while on site - this amount should be flexible. Technical excellence in a given instrument including voice is important for the life of an artist - please come prepared for private lessons in your chosen instrument(s).

All submissions should be made no later than May 15.

NOTE: Your audition video is critical to your admission to the Artist Development Program. Please give us a full demonstration of your skill and personality.






Robin Donica Wolaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Twice nominated for a Dove Award for her songwriting, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and fellow composer, Bill Wolaver. She is the mother of the siblings that comprise the folk classical group, Annie Moses Band, and was instrumental in founding the group. 

A prolific creative, Robin has written and directed numerous musicals including the acclaimed The Voyage of the Friendship as well as the memoir, The Song of Annie Moses, released through Guideposts Publishing.

Robin believes we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our youth primarily through the influence of the arts.  To that end, she has founded the non-profit 501(C)3 Annie Moses Foundation to equip parents and communities in vocationally training a new generation of young, highly-skilled musicians.  


Alex Wolaver is a singer/songwriter/producer living in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Berklee Wolaver, and their children, Audrey and Evangeline.  Alex travels as a singer/violist with the Annie Moses Band, performing over 80 concerts annually before approximately 100,000 people.  The group has multiple successful specials performing on Christian TV as well as PBS and LeSea Broadcasting.

A Juilliard School alumni, Alex has won prodigious competitions such as the Curb Concerto Competition and has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  He has produced several award-winning albums, including 'Through the Looking Glass', 'This Glorious Christmas' (reaching top ten on Billboard Magazine's classical crossover chart), 'Pilgrims & Prodigals', and is currently working in Nashville, TN.


Annie Wolaver is a renowned violinist, Juilliard pre-college graduate, and recording artist with a diverse musical and stylistic background. She was born in 1983 in Waco, Texas. After her parents moved to Nashville, TN, she started violin lessons at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Annie's connection with the violin was immediate. In the spring of 1995, at the age of twelve, she made her solo debut with orchestra as the winner of the Nashville Youth Symphony's Concerto Competition, an accomplishment she would repeat in 1996 and 1998.Annie also began participating in the Aspen Music Festival, an intense summer program for serious classical musicians from around the world, where she was a scholarship student for five years. In 1996, she was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Junior High String Competition. In addition, she was the winner of the Blount Concerto Competition, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, at thirteen years of age, a pleasure she would repeat the following year as a featured soloist on the MSO's Outreach Concert Series.

Annie's drive, combined with her parent's continued encouragement, support and vision, soon led her to the Cincinnati Conservatory, and ultimately to New York City and the violin studio of Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School in 1999. That same year, Annie was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Senior High String Competition. She served as concertmistress of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and as a chamber musician has performed in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Annie was also privileged to be one of 13 violinists awarded scholarships upon acceptance into the Juilliard School's Collegiate Division.

In the year 2000, she founded the Annie Moses Band with her family as lead singer and violinist. Nine years later, with over 10 albums to their credit and performing 90 concerts a year, the Annie Moses Band continues to spread its message of artistic and spiritual excellence to audiences across America. The flagship enterprise for their mission is the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, a 12-day event culminating in original performances at premier venues, offering students a high level of skill and a diverse array of styles. Annie feels profoundly blessed to be part of the Annie Moses Band and looks forward to a bright future as a musical leader.


Bill Wolaver received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University.  He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies.  He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music for over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers.  Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.'  In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.'  He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band. He offers numerous arrangements and compositions at