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Candlelight Carols

2020 Updates

We are looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season with you at Moody Bible Institute!  You can visit the Music Department’s Facebook page and join our mailing lists to get updates for the 2020 Christmas season!

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Candlelight Carols will be shared virtually on December 5, 2020. Add it to your calendar here!

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Light of the World

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and our concern for the health and safety of our students, Candlelight Carols will look a little different this year. For the first time ever you can livestream Candlelight Carols from the comfort of your own home! Enjoy worshipful music by the Moody Chorale, Worship Collectives, Campus Orchestra, and more—plus a meaningful message from Dr. Mark Jobe.

As our students and faculty prepare for a digital performance, stay tuned for more information—and plan to join us live on Saturday, December 5 for Candlelight Carols: Light of the World! You can enjoy selections from last year’s performance on the Music Department’s YouTube Channel. A recording of the event will be available until December 31, 2020.


Virtual Performance Date:

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7 p.m.


You can watch this virtual performance right here. A recording of the event will be available until December 31, 2020.


Dr. Brian Lee

Music Department Program Head

Brian Lee is a professor of music and program head of Moody’s Music department. He has sung solo in the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, with Bargemusic in New York City, and in concert halls across China. As a soloist, he has given premieres of contemporary American composers, collaborated with well-known Chicago musicians, and been featured on Live from WFMT. Brian has taught at Northwestern College and Wheaton College. He earned a MMus from new England Conservatory and a DMA from The Juilliard School. Brian and his wife, Helen, have three children.

Dr. David Gauger II

Conductor, Worship Collectives

David Gauger II is conductor of the Worship Collectives 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 Northwestern University.

Yongmin Kim

Dr. Yongmin Kim

Conductor, Moody Chorale and Moody Gospel Choir

Dr. Yongmin Kim is director of the Moody Chorale. He was music director at Korean Presbyterian Church of Metro Detroit for 15 years, and is also director of the Myanmar Praise School and Music Institute. He visits southeast Asia every summer for music ministry and education. Dr. Kim holds degrees from Presbyterian College and Seminary (Seoul, South Korea), Eastman School of Music, and University of Michigan, where he earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and a doctorate in vocal performance.

Dr. Jae Hyeok Jang

Conductor, Moody Campus Orchestra

Jae Hyeok Jang is a professor of music and director of Moody Campus Orchestra. He also oversees Moody’s composition and music theory programs. He is a composer, conductor, and music educator. He graduated from Keimyung University in South Korea, then earned a MMus from Manhattan School of Music and a DMA from Boston University. Dr. Jang conducted Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, and was conductor/artistic director of Exeter Symphonia, Boston Korean Chorus and Little OL Korea Arts Foundation, and churches in Boston and New York, and is the artistic director at GEMA Mission.