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    On Tour

    Each ensemble participates in a winter tour (mid-January), spring tour (second and third week in March) and an occasional summer tour. In addition to these tours, the ensembles also perform several Chicagoland concerts during the spring semester.

    On Campus

    Music Department ensembles are featured in on-campus performances including Handel's Messiah (second or third Sunday in November), Candelight Carols (first weekend in December) and Founder's Week (first week of February).

    Student, faculty and guest recitals are also scheduled throughout the school year. All recitals are free of charge.



    All of the ensembles begin the school year with time away from the hustle and bustle of moving in and starting classes. For most new students, it is an instant connection with 40-plus students on campus, making Moody a more welcoming place.

    Handel's Messiah

    Each November, the ensembles join together in Torrey-Gray Auditorium to perform excerpts from Händel's Messiah. Students comprise the chorus, and the orchestra is made up of advanced students and professional players. Through an audition process, student soloists are selected to perform the arias and recitatives. 

    Candlelight Carols

    Candlelight Carols is an annual production of music and drama, focusing on a theme for the season of Christmas. This event, held at The Moody Church, serves as a way for thousands of people to begin their celebration of Christmas. The four ensembles are featured in this event.

    Winter, Spring and International Tours

    The highlight of the ensemble experience for many students is going on tour. Each ensemble participates in a four-day tour in January and a two-week tour in March to various parts of the United States. Every two or three years, an ensemble may elect to take an international tour for a few weeks at the beginning of summer break. Recent destinations include Central Europe, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

    For a detailed ensemble tour and concert schedule, visit the Ensemble Tour Calendar.

    Chicagoland Concerts

    As part of a long-standing tradition, Moody's ensembles have a presence in local churches in and around the Chicago area. Each spring the ensembles have the opportunity to participate in several Sunday evening concerts.

    Recording Sessions

    In addition to performing opportunities, each ensemble produces recordings in order to extend the ministry beyond the immediate concert experience. Recordings are available for sale on the Recordings page.


    IC - Arrow - Blue Bullet Ensemble members are graded and receive credit for each semester of enrollment.
    IC - Arrow - Blue Bullet $50 is credited to a student's school bill for each semester of enrollment to help offset the cost of the formal attire required of each ensemble.

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