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Moody Worship Collectives

Moody Worship Collectives

The Moody Worship Collectives seek to worship God and lead others in worshiping Him through contemporary praise music. All types of stage-based arts are incorporated to add richness and variety to corporate worship.

Members of the Moody Worship Collectives are Moody students from all majors. Performance and worship leadership opportunities include many on-campus events such as Candlelight Carols and Chapel as well as off-campus performances at churches and on tours.

Meet the Director

David Gauger II

David Gauger II is the director of the Moody 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.

Dr. David Gauger II

Dr. David Gauger II

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Entrance Requirements

Membership in the Moody Worship Collectives is open upon audition to qualified undergraduate students, Moody employees, and musicians in the community. You do not have to supply your own instrument; Moody can supply one for you. Please contact the director regarding available instruments.  Auditions take place the week before school begins in August.

Membership in the Worship Collectives is open upon audition to qualified undergraduate students regardless of major. Auditions take place the week before school begins in August.

A typical audition includes:

  • singing or playing a contemporary worship song with a track
  • a dramatic reading of Isaiah 6:1–7
  • sight-reading
  • an interview with the director
  • demonstration of multiple musical or dramatic skills is a plus

Contact the director with questions or to schedule an audition outside the regular time frame.