About Wendy

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Dr. Wendy K. Moy is a conductor, soprano, and nonprofit founder from Washington State. Dr. Moy was just named the third-place winner of The American Prize in Choral Conducting, professional division. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College and co-founder/co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers. Under her co-direction, this ensemble was named the 2nd place winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance, professional division. They will soon release a CD of new choral music premieres on the Centaur Records label. Dr. Moy is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with ensembles of all levels. In June 2017, she served as assistant conductor for a performance of Tylers Suite at Lincoln Center. In Spring 2018, she will conduct the Rhode Island All-State Senior High School Chorus. She continues to perform as a soprano soloist and recently premiered a new song cycle for soprano and alto flute in the Faculty Showcase at Connecticut College. She also sings with CONCORA and Chorosynthesis Singers. Dr. Moy was recently interviewed for feature articles in both The Choral Journal and the Voice of Chorus America for her entrepreneurship in and vision for professional choral music. 

Dr. Moy has directed ensembles at the collegiate, community, and K-12 levels. For 12 years, Dr. Moy taught instrumental and choral music at the secondary level in the Edmonds School District. During that time, her ensembles were invited to perform at the Northwest Music Educator Conventions. She went on to serve as interim conductor of the Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Chamber Singers and directed them in their annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas at Benaroya Hall. She has also held the positions of the Director of Choral Music at Tacoma Community College, Director of the University of Washington Women's Chorus, Guest Music Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, and Guest Conductor of the Seattle Women's Chorus. Equally at home in the orchestral world, she held the positions of chamber music coordinator and assistant conductor with the Cascade Youth Symphony Organization. In 2014, she conducted the Connecticut College Orchestra and Chamber Choir in a presentation of Handel's Messiah. 

A strong advocate for collaboration and new music, Dr. Moy helped to spearhead a call for scores on themes of social consciousness. She has premiered/commissioned over a dozen new choral works by both established and emerging composers. In addition, she coordinated and conducted a benefit concert of the Brahms Requiem in collaboration with the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, St. Mark's Cathedral, First Free Methodist Church, Chorosynthesis Singers, and conductor, Jeremiah Selvey. 

Dr. Moy's honors include being selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bach Institute in Germany, the Conductors Retreat at Medomak with Ken Kiesler, the Westminster Chamber Choir with Joe Miller, the Tallis Scholar Summer School with Peter Phillips, the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute/Transient Glory Symposium as a conducting associate with Francisco Nunez, and  the Yale/Norfolk Chamber Choir at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival under the direction of Simon Carrington. She most recently was selected as an American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conducting Fellow and will conduct and present at the Festival Paraibano de Coros in João Pessoa, Brazil.

Dr. Moy's research focuses on the culture of singing communities and the factors that contribute to successful choral organizations. Her dissertation was an ethnographic study of the Seattle Men's Chorus, the largest gay men's chorus in the world and the largest community chorus in North America. She recently presented at the Eastern Division ACDA Conference, Connecticut ACDA Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Great Lakes College Music Society Conference, Northeast College Music Society Conference, National ACDA Conference, Gay and Lesbian Choruses International Festival, and the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference (NAfME).  Dr. Moy has been interviewed for featured articles in The Choral Journal, The Voice of Chorus America, and Teaching Music Journal. She also writes for the Music in a Minuet blog produced by NAfME. 

Dr. Moy is the President/Co-founder of Chorosynthesis, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the culture of American choral music through collaboration, sustainability, innovation, and excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from SPU, a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in choral music from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.

Bio in Portuguese

Wendy K. Moy é a co-diretora artística do Chorosyhthesis Singers, um coro profissional atuante na área de Seattle, e Diretora de Atividades Corais no Connecticut College (EUA). Wendy é frequentemente convidada como regente visitante e como professora por diversos grupo e instituições. Em junho próximo atuará como regente assistente na obra Tyler’s Suite, no Lincoln Center, Nova York. Recentemente foi selecionada como finalista na divisão de regentes de coros profissionais do The American Prize; como participante do ICEP da Associação Norte-Americana de Regentes Corais (ICEP) e do Carnegie Hall Choral Institute Conducting. Wendy continua a atuar como soprano-solista, atualmente nos grupos CONCORA and Chorosynthesis Singers. É pesquisadora da cultura de comunidades corais e fatores que contribuem para o sucesso das organizações corais, um trabalho que tem apresentado nas convenções nacionais da ACDA, na National In-service Conference of the National Association for Music Education, e no International Gay and Lesbian Choruses Festival. Wendy é formada em Educação Musical pela Seattle Pacific University, tem Mestrado pelo Westminster Choir College e Doutorado pela Universidade de Washington.