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 forms an instant connection with 40-plus students on campus, making Moody a more welcoming place.
Each November, students and employees join together in Torrey-Gray Auditorium to perform excerpts from Handel's Messiah. Students and employees 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 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.
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.
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.
Ensemble members are graded and receive credit for each semester of enrollment.
$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.