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Don’t miss this year’s production of Candlelight Carols, a favorite Christmas tradition produced by the Moody Bible Institute Music Department. Join friends throughout the Chicago area for well-loved carols and innovative drama enhanced by multimedia and effects. Moody’s music ensembles will partner with members of Moody's Speech and Drama Core, creating a compelling program sure to delight the whole family. This year, start a new tradition and join us for a meaningful celebration of the birth of our Savior!
Candlelight Carols 2016: Just As They Had Been Told explores ideas about long-standing faith using a Christmas parable set in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
Limited free parking is available at the Moody Parking Garage (208 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). Complimentary parking is very limited; please arrive 45 minutes early. If the garage is full, you will be directed to paid lots. The parking garage opens at 5:00 p.m. for evening performances and at 11:00 a.m. for the Saturday matinee. The shuttle bus will load and unload from the garage’s north side at Chestnut Street. If you prefer, drop passengers off at the LaSalle Boulevard entrance of The Moody Church (also handicap access).
RONALD F. DENISON
RONALD F. DENISONExecutive Producer
Ron Denison is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Theory and Piano from the American Conservatory of Music.
Prior to joining the Sacred Music Department at Moody in 1990, Mr. Denison chaired the Music Department at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Mich., teaching courses in music theory, conducting, church music and piano, and toured throughout the continental United States with various music groups representing the college. He has served as minister of music at several churches in Western Michigan and the Chicago area an is now a church pianist at the Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Forest, Ill.
Ron retired in 2013 after accepting the 2014 Faculty Citation Award for distinguished service to students. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the department, teaching music theory and producing Candlelight Carols once again.
DR. XIANGTANG HONG
DR. XIANGTANG HONGConductor, Moody Chorale
Xiangtang Hong is professor of music and director of the
Moody Chorale. Born in Singapore, Xiangtang felt a passion for choral music
when she heard a church choir sing during her early childhood years in America.
She later earned a master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College
with support from the Singapore National Arts Council, followed by a DMA from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2011 Xiangtang received
Moody’s Patricia Finch Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. She enjoys sharing
her love of music as a choral clinician and guest conductor, but her greatest
joy is mentoring her students.
DR. DAVID GAUGER II
DR. DAVID GAUGER IIConductor, Moody Symphonic Band
David Gauger II is conductor of the Moody Symphonic Band
and coordinator of instrumental instruction at Moody Bible Institute, where he
also teaches music technology, conducting, and contemporary worship courses. He
plays extra and substitute trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
performing in concerts, recordings, and their recent Europe tour. He was
formerly principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tulsa
Philharmonic, and is currently assistant principal trumpet of the Elgin Symphony.
A graduate of Wheaton College, he earned a DMA in trumpet performance at
DR. H.E. SINGLEY III
DR. H.E. SINGLEY IIIConductor, Moody Men's Collegiate Choir
H. E. Singley is professor of music and conductor of the
Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir; he also teaches church music courses and private
lessons. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, he later earned an MMus from the
University of Nebraska and a DMA from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. Dr. Singley served as a missionary to Latin America with Impact
International, served with HCJB Radio in Ecuador, and was a musician in the
associate evangelist ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
He serves as organist at College Church in Wheaton.
DR. BETTY-ANN LYNERD
DR. BETTY-ANN LYNERDConductor, Women's Concert Choir and Handbell Ensemble
Betty-Ann Lynerd is professor of music and director of
the Women’s Concert Choir. She also teaches courses on church music philosophy
and ministry. A graduate of Westminster College, she has earned an MA in music
from Montclair University and a DRS from Trinity Theological Seminary.
She has conducted choirs throughout the United States and
abroad, ministered as a music director, served as a chapter president of the
American Choral Directors Association, and is published in several journals
about women in music.
LINDSEY BRANSONDrama Director
Lindsey Branson (Drama Director) is a proud graduate of Moody Bible Institute. Since graduation, she has worked for Unshackled Radio Drama, World Vision Chicago and Christian Youth Center (now Spotlight). Since 2011, Lindsey has served as an adjunct instructor at Moody, also directing Candlelight Carols and the annual spring play.
Currently, Lindsey is a full-time associate children's director for The Chapel in Grayslake, overseeing volunteers and children's ministry operations. In addition, she also continues to teach classes and direct youth shows for Spotlight Youth Theater. Having directed over 30 various theatrical endeavors, recent projects include "Tarzan," "Hairspray," "The Dairy of Anne Frank" and "Charlie Brown" (with Dr. Jori Jenkins) among others. She recently earned her M.A. in Theatrical Directing from Roosevelt University. Additional training includes classes at The Second City Training Center, The Acting Studio Chicago, Act One Studios and Victory Gardens.
Kelli Worrall is a Professor of Communications at Moody Bible Institute. She has a Masters in Religious Education from Trinity International University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She has written over a dozen scripts for Candlelight Carols and has directed many dramatic performances at Moody Bible Institute, including Pygmalion," "All My Sons," "The Importance of Being Ernest," "The Glass Menagerie," "Lost in Yonkers," "The Matchmaker" and "Twelve Angry Men." Kelli enjoys speaking and performing oral interpretation. More information and some of her writing can be found at www.thisoddhouse.org.
Bryan C. Butler is the illustrator behind this year’s program cover and spot illustrations, which you will see throughout the program. Specializing in illustration, fine art and graphic design, Bryan has been engaged in the visual arts for many years and acquired his BFA, with honors, in 2009 from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, with a focus in illustration.
Bryan has done work for Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, Living the Language.org and Samsung as a holiday season sketch artist. He formerly worked as the in-house designer for GModelo USA, LLC, the U.S. merchandising branch of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo. Some of his most recent projects include book illustrations for Paul Harvey Jr. and eLearning illustrations for YMCA.
Bryan is currently employed as the full-time graphic designer for The Moody Church (where he has been a member for over 11 years), serving the ministry and media branch’s communication efforts through web and print materials and creative direction. In recent years he has worked with Moody Global Ministries on multiple projects, including illustrations for the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Candlelight Carols festivals.
For more information and to purchase or order prints of Bryan’s work, including pieces from past Candlelight Carols, visit his booth at the performance or www.bryanbutlerart.com.
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"Attending this concert is a wonderful way to officially start the Advent season. The music is simply beautiful and runs the gamut from being exhilarating to awe-inspiring. This concert is a perfect way to be reminded once again of the moving story of our Christ's birth. It also helps to remind us of the real reason we celebrate Christmas."
"My daughter comes home from college just to attend Candlelight Carols with my husband and me. It is the highlight of the season and a wonderful way to enter into the beginning of Christmas."
"I graduated from Moody Bible Institute 20 years ago. Yet I was transported back to the days when I first began my journey with Jesus. It was a beautiful night of remembrance, and brought me so much joy. My daughter, who is 15, came with me and she was entranced. That meant so much to me for her to see, not just her local body but believers from all over the planet, praising Christ together. Lovely evening!"
"Candlelight Carols has been a real blessing to me. It's beautiful, very meaningful and my favorite part of the Christmas season."
"I enjoy attending Candlelight Carols every year because it helps me start the Christmas season with the right perspective. The music touches my soul in a very special way, and I'm reminded of the goodness of God in sending His Son. The students are very talented, and I enjoy their dedication and creativity in putting together an excellent performance that glorifies God and ministers to people."
"This was my first experience of Candlelight Carols and for me it was a very special time as I had never known music could be so harmonious and beautiful. I had never experienced anything like this. Dr. Nyquist's sharing of the gospel on the occasion was encouraging and commendable and all in all I loved it and was thankful to witness it."
"The performance on Friday was awesome! The performance would compete with any 'professional entertainment' celebrating Christmas in Chicago. We have been attending for the past 20 years and this year was the best ever."
— Burt and Suzy
"My husband and I love to attend the event. Our daughter graduated from Moody, so it is special to us. A favorite moment is when they walk down the aisle and sing, especially when the lights are out and the candles are lit."
"We started coming to Candlelight Carols in 2011, and it has become a holiday tradition for our family. My children always look forward to singing along to their favorite carols!"
Share your Candlelight Carols experience
In 2004, Moody Bible Institute celebrated the 50th anniversary of our annual presentation of Candlelight Carols and subsequently produced the first anthology of the best of Carols. Since that time, two other anthologies have been produced. Taken from live performances, these collections contain some of the most requested and all-time best selections performed by the Music Department ensembles from 1955 until the present. All CDs are available for purchase from our online store or download a digital copy of "Merrily on High."
Executive Producer: Ron DenisonProducers: Angie Thomas, Julia Baad
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan
Includes the following selections:
Executive Producer: Amy Gatschenberger
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan
Executive Producer: Chris Wheeler
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan
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