Founded in 1946, the Moody Chorale has long been recognized as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations specializing in sacred music. Its purpose is to lead men and women in the worship of our Creator and Redeemer by ministering the Word of God through music, Scripture, and personal testimony. The repertoire includes a broad range of music chosen from all periods of music history.
The Chorale tours the United States each year, as well as traveling on occasional overseas tours. The group has ministered in Australia, Europe, the Far East, Central America, and Israel. The Chorale’s most recent ministry tour was to Romania and Poland, in addition to a North American tour in March 2019.
Meet the Conductor
Xiangtang Hong is a Professor of Music and directs the Moody Chorale and MBI Repertory Singers. 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.
Membership in Chorale is open to qualified undergraduate students in any major upon audition. Joining Chorale includes the expectation of a yearlong commitment. Auditions are typically held during the week before the semester begins.
A typical audition includes:
- vocal exercises
- an interview with the conductor
Contact the conductor with questions or to schedule an audition outside the regular time.