Candlelight Carols


"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.”
— Angela

For over 60 years, Candlelight Carols has been a cherished tradition for families across Chicagoland. Join us this year to celebrate our Savior’s birth through story and song!


Event Details

Candlelight Carols Tickets will be available:

Oct. 15-Nov. 29, 2018

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7 p.m.


The Moody Church
1630 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614



Limited free parking is available at the Moody parking garage (208 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). Please arrive 45 minutes early. The parking garage opens at 5:00 p.m. for evening performances and at 11:00 a.m. for the Saturday matinee. If the garage is full, you will be directed to paid lots. For more information and pay-ahead parking options, see

Ride our free shuttle bus from Moody’s parking garage (208 W. Institute Place) to the performance at The Moody Church (1630 N. Clark Street, Chicago). If you prefer, drop passengers off at the LaSalle Blvd. entrance of The Moody Church (also handicap access).



Brian Lee

Producer, Music Department Program Head

Brian Lee is professor of music and Music Department program head at Moody. He graduated from Wheaton College, then earned a MMus from New England Conservatory, and a DMA from The Juilliard School. As a pianist he performs actively as soloist, collaborative artist, and church musician. Dr. Lee has presented numerous solo programs in the Chicago area, has been featured as a soloist with several Midwest orchestras, and frequently plays at area churches.

Dr. David Gauger II

Conductor, 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 Northwestern University.

Jae Hyeok Jang

Conductor, Campus Orchestra

Jae Hyeok Jang is an associate music professor oversees Moody’s composition and music theory programs. He 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 has taught church music composition and arranging, music theory, form and analysis, songwriting, music history, and oratorio chorus.

Dr. Xiangtang Hong

Conductor, 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.

Chris Wheeler


Chris Wheeler is a freelance writer and editor who has been involved with Candlelight Carols for the past ten years; this is his second original script for the event. He has written for Reformed Worship and Think Christian, and writes regularly for nonprofits and Christian organizations. He and his wife, Linnea, live in Middlebury, Indiana, with four children under five years old. When not wrangling his children or writing stories, Chris enjoys hanging out with friends over coffee, and discovering new art.

Matthew Moore

Professor of Speech and Drama

Matthew Moore serves at Moody in the Music and Media Arts Division as a Professor of Speech and Drama. He holds an MFA in classical acting from The George Washington University and has been teaching theatre and communication classes for nearly 20 years. He also works professionally as an actor, director, and voice-over artist. Matthew is the founder of Lamp and Light Productions, which has the mission of helping people see, hear, and experience the Bible in a unique way. He has developed three different performances of Scripture, which he has performed at churches, schools, museums, and para-church organizations around the country.

Kelli Worrall

Professor of Communications

Kelli Worrall teaches writing and public speaking at Moody Bible Institute. She holds an MRE in religious education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an MFA in creative writing from Roosevelt University. Kelli is the author of Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ (Moody Publishers) and the co-author (with husband Peter) of 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves (Moody Publishers). Kelli and Peter also speak at marriage, college, and young adult events.

What Others Are Saying


“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.”
   — Linda

“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.”
   — Pat

“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!”
   — Janet

“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!”
   — Desirée

“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

“Candlelight Carols has been a real blessing to me. It's beautiful, very meaningful and my favorite part of the Christmas season.”




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 Denison
Producers: Angie Thomas, Julia Baad
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

Includes the following selections:

  • Betelehemu
  • Blue Christmas
  • Gloria: III Vivace e Ritmico
  • Gloria
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • How Far Is It to Bethlehem 
  • Hurry Shepherds Run
  • Marche from The Nutcracker Suite
  • My Song is Love Unknown


  • Nunc Dimitis
  • O Holy Night
  • Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Ten Thousand Joys
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • What Child Is This
  • Who is He in Yonder Stall



Executive Producer: Amy Gatschenberger
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

Includes the following selections:

  • Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria)
  • Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies
  • Deck The Halls
  • Dravidian Dithyramb
  • Fum, Fum, Fum
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: A Choral Fantasy
  • Gloria In Excelsis
  • I Wonder As I Wander


  • Journey Of The Wise Men
  • Joy, Joy
  • Masters In This Hall
  • Mary Did You Know?
  • Noel
  • O Holy Night
  • Russian Christmas Music




Executive Producer: Chris Wheeler
Edited and Mastered by: Joel Swan

Includes the following selections:

  • Here We Come A-Caroling
  • Noel Ayisyen
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
  • "Personent Hodie" from Piae Cantiones
  • Of the Father's Love Begotten
  • Midnight Clear
  • Greensleeves
  • Betelehemu


  • Ding, Dong, Merrily on High
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • The First Nowell
  • Mary Speaks
  • Silent Night! Silent Night!
  • Carol of the Huron
  • The Three Kings
  • Carol of the Bells
  • In the Bleak Midwinter


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