About Wendy

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Dr. Wendy K. Moy is a conductor, soprano, and nonprofit founder from Washington State. She was recently 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 (on sabbatical 2019-2020), the Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers. Under her co-direction, Chorosynthesis Singers was named the 2nd place winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance, professional division. They recently released a double CD of new choral music on themes of social consciousness on the Centaur Records label. 

Dr. Moy is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with ensembles of all levels. This past year has included debuts on the national as well as international scene. In June 2017, she served as assistant conductor for a performance of Tyler’s Suite at Lincoln Center. Selected as an American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conducting Fellow, she made her international conducting debut at the Festival Paraibano de Coros in João Pessoa, Brazil. She followed this with her conducting debut in Asia in Shenzhen, China. Passionate about mentoring/inspiring young singers, she conducted the Rhode Island All-State Senior High School Chorus in Spring 2018. Dr. Moy 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 the professional choruses, CONCORA and Chorosynthesis Singers

Dr. Moy has directed ensembles at the collegiate, community, and K-12 levels. For 12 years, she 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. 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.

A violinist since the age of four, she received advanced training with Richard Skerlong (Seattle Symphony). She went on to study orchestral conducting with Eric Hanson and Nikolas Caoile with additional coaching by Kenneth Kiesler. She has held the positions of violin coach, 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. 

Dr. Moy's honors include being selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bach Institute in Germany, the Conductors Retreat (orchestral) 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.

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 (SMC), 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, the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference (NAfME), and the international Together in Music Conference sponsored by the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research. She will be presenting at the upcoming Chorus America Conference as well as the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. Dr. Moy has been interviewed for featured articles in The Choral Journal, The Voice of Chorus America, and Teaching Music Journal on the subjects of entrepreneurship and culture-building in the choral arts. She writes for the NAfME Music in a Minuet blog and her research on the SMC will be published by Oxford University Press. 

Dr. Moy is the Vice 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 also serves on the ACDA Standing Committee on International Activities and reviews music grants for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Moy 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.