The Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, conducted by Dr. Xiangtang Hong, will perform at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 16 at First Evangelical Free Church in Fort Dodge.
There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be taken. First Evangelical Free Church is at 3058 10th Ave. N.; the office may be contacted at 573-5763.
Founded in 1955, the Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble has sung and played to audiences across the United States, as well as Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Australia and East Asia. Some concerts have been joint ministry tours with the Men's Collegiate Choir.
The Women's Choir will go abroad to Israel in May. The group, 30 to 45 women representing a variety of academic majors, worships God with their music while emphasizing musical excellence.
The Bell Ensemble is selected from the musicians within the choir and plays a diverse repertoire of arrangements and original music for bells on an almost six octave set of English handbells.
Dr. Xiangtang Hong, conductor, recently completed her doctoral studies in choral conducting and Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The recipient of a fellowship and the William H. Schuetz Memorial Scholarship from the U of I School of Music for choral excellence, she holds the distinction of being the youngest applicant accepted into the doctoral program.
Prior to her residency at the University of Illinois, Hong earned a master's in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., on a full academic scholarship, in addition to support from the Singapore National Arts Council. Her undergraduate degree is in Sacred Music from East Carolina University.
Hong was appointed to the faculty of Moody Bible Institute in 2006 as an instructor in music appreciation in addition to her responsibilities with the Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble.
The Moody Bible Institute, founded in 1886 by evangelist D.L. Moody, is a nondenominational undergraduate and graduate level institution that educates and trains men and women for Christian service. It is an accredited member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Moody's music department has been an integral part of the institute's curriculum since its founding. In addition to the Women's Concert Choir, Moody has three other touring groups: the Men's Collegiate Choir, the Chorale and the Symphonic Band.