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Since 1954, the Moody Bible Institute Music Department’s production of Candlelight Carols has ushered in the Christmas season for friends and families throughout the Chicagoland area and the world.
Featuring well-loved carols and innovative drama enhanced by professionally-produced multimedia and effects, Candlelight Carols continues to amaze audiences year after year. The Music Department music ensembles, along with members of Moody's Speech and Drama Core, create a compelling program sure to delight the whole family. This year, start a new tradition and join us for a festive and meaningful celebration of the birth of our Savior!
If you were able to join us this year, we're glad you came! Please scroll down and click the red "Share Your Experience" button below. If you missed us this year, we hope you'll join us for Candlelight Carols 2015.
If you have any questions, please call the ticket office at (312) 329–2399, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Moody Church1630 N. Clark St.
Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert.
SALE STARTSOct. 19 by calling (312) 329-2399Seating is assigned.
Complimentary parking will be available starting 2 hours prior to the concert in the parking garage on Moody Bible Institute's campus located at 208 W. Institute Place (on the corner of Wells Street and Institute Place). Round-trip shuttle bus transportation is available from the north side of the parking garage to Moody Church.
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 HONGConductor, Moody Chorale
Xiangtang Hong, associate professor of Music and director of the Moody Chorale, was appointed to the faculty of Moody Bible Institute in 2006. Born in Singapore, Xiangtang's passion for choral music was ignited when she first heard a choir sing in church during her early childhood years in America. The experience left such a deep impression on her that she sought special permission to join the adults in music ministry.
This eventually led to an undergraduate degree in Sacred Music at East Carolina University, a Master's in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, N.J.) with support from the Singapore National Arts Council, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a fellowship and the Warren H. Schuetz Memorial Award for choral excellence.
In 2011, Xiangtang received Moody's Patricia Finch Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and in 2013, served the Singapore Ministry of Education's Teachers' Academy for the Arts as an Outstanding Educator in Residence. Xiangtang enjoys sharing her love of music and conducting as a choral clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, but her greatest joy is being a mentor to her students.
DR. DAVID GAUGER IIConductor, Moody Symphonic Band
David Gauger II, conductor, is the coordinator of instrumental instruction at Moody Bible Institute. He holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College. He joined the Moody faculty in 1994. In addition to conducting the band, he teaches music technology, instrumental conducting, applied trumpet and contemporary worship courses and coaches small instrumental ensembles (including the newly-formed One O'Clock Jazz Band)
In late 1999, Gauger began playing extra and substitute trumpet regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CCS), participating in concerts, recordings and tours to Carnegie Hall, New York and Europe. He was a part of the CSO's tour to Asia in January and February 2009. Gauger has been principal trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestras and since 1997 has been assistant principal trumpet of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra of Elgin, Ill. As a soloist, he has performed internationally in England, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Scotland.
DR. H.E. SINGLEY IIIConductor, Moody Men's Collegiate Choir
H.E. Singley, conductor, is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a B.Mus. degree from American Conservatory of Music, an M.Mus. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and D.M.A. in church music with organ performance concentration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Singley has served as a missionary to Latin America since 1973 with Impact International, Inc., and also served for a total of 10 years with missionary radio station HCJB in Ecuador. He was a musical guest in the associate evangelist ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from 1972 to 1997 and has served several churches as pastor of worship and music.
Dr. Singley was appointed to the faculty of Moody Bible Institute in 1996 and teaches church music courses and private lessons in addition to his responsibilities with the Moody Men's Collegiate Choir. He serves College Church in Wheaton as organist and choir accompanist and is a member of the American Choral Directors' Association, the Hymn Society of America and the American Guild of Organists.
DR. BETTY-ANN LYNERDConductor, Women's Concert Choir and Handbell Ensemble
Dr. Lynerd has conducted choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Her choruses have sung with the National Symphony Orchestra, members of the Cleveland Orchestra and at the United States Naval Academy. She has led academic women's and mixed choirs, has served as music director in five churches and leads workshops on worship and the arts. She has served as president of the American Choral Directors Association for Washington, D.C. and is published in several journals about women in music.
Betty-Ann Lynerd brings to the Music Department a rich experience in choral conduction, church music and classroom teaching. At Moody she conducts the Women's Concert Choir and Handbell Ensemble and teaches music courses. When she is not making music she loves cooking or reading.
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.
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.
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.
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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."
"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."
"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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