About Wendy

photo by Danielle Barnum

Dr. Wendy K. Moy is a conductor, soprano, and nonprofit founder from Washington State.  She is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College and co-founder/co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis SingersUnder her co-direction, this ensemble was just selected as a finalist in the professional choral division of the American Prize. In January, this ensemble will record a double-CD of new choral music premieres that will be released by Centaur Records.

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 served 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, 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. Dr. Moy is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with ensembles of all levels. In June 2017, she will serve as assistant conductor for a performance of Tyler’s Suite at Lincoln Center. She was recently placed 3rd in The American Prize in Conducting  (professional choruses division).

A strong advocate for collaboration in the arts, Dr. Moy has spearheaded numerous projects with composers, dancers, visual artists, and community music organizations. Most recently, she collaborated with David Jaffe, Mark Seto, and David Dorfman for Connecticut College's re-conceptualized production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's Carousel. While at the UW, she commissioned and premiered We Have Not Long to Love by James Blachly for women's chorus and baritone solo. With the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, she was part of a consortium of choruses to commission and premiere Eric Whitacre's Goodnight, Moon. 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 continues to perform as a soprano soloist, most recently with the Ensemble Companio, directed by Joseph Gregorio. She recently premiered a new song cycle for soprano and alto flute in the Faculty Showcase at Connecticut College. She is proud to be singing her 2nd season with CONCORA under the direction of Christopher Shepard

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. 

Dr. Moy's research focuses on the culture of singing communities and the factors that contribute to successful choral organizations. She recently presented at the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association Conference, Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Great Lakes College Music Society Conference, Northeast College Music Society Conference, and the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference.  Dr. Moy has been interviewed on her research for the Teaching Music Journal and also writes for the Music in a Minuet blog produced by NAfME. 

Dr. Moy is currently the Youth and Student Activities Co-Chair on the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Board and the International Conductors Exchange Liaison for the ACDA Eastern Division.  She is also 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.  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.