True Concord’s Assistant Director, Philip Moody, is a conductor and vocalist based in Atlanta, GA. He is the Artistic Director and Founder of CORO and Co-Director of the 3-Summer MM in Choral Conducting degree at Simpson College. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the Des Moines Choral Festival, conducting the CORO Vocal Artists, Festival Chorus, and Festival Orchestra during their monthlong summer festival. Hailed as “exceptional and vibrant, with good control and feeling,” Moody’s discography includes over 20 commercial recordings including True Concord’s GRAMMY®-nominated recording Far in the Heavens. He has served as Director of Choral Activities at Clayton State University, Associate Director of Choral Activities at University of Georgia, and was a co-founder of the professional male vocal ensemble Cantus.
While earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts under Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Moody was the winner of the 2011 ACDA graduate conducting competition, participated in the 2011 Conducting Masterclass with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, and was awarded both the Creative Achievement Award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. Prior to Tucson, he lived in Houston where he sang with Houston Grand Opera Chorus and was the Schissler Conducting Fellow at the Moores School of Music: University of Houston. As the orchestral conducting fellow there he was the Associate Conductor for the Moores Opera Center, both Assistant Conductor and Manager for the Moores School Orchestras, and received a Master of Music degree in orchestral and opera conducting. From the University of New Mexico he received two Master of Music degrees: one in conducting and one in voice and received his Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music/Voice from Saint Olaf College. His mentors include Helmuth Rilling, Bruce Chamberlain, Anton Armstrong, Bradley Ellingboe, Richard Bado, and Franz Krager.