DECEMBER 19, 2012

FCF MindQuest welcomes Arizona Musicfest’s Robert Moody

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robert moodyFCF-MindQuest is thrilled to present Maestro Robert Moody as its debut speaker for 2013 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center (33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale) on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. Maestro Moody will share his story and discuss the art vs. craft of conducting and summarize the role of the American symphony orchestra in the 21st century as he speaks about The Art of Conducting in the 21st Century.

Maestro Moody is the Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest. The Musicfest Festival Orchestra consists of members of some of the nation's top orchestras (Chicago, Boston, Detroit, National Symphonies, The Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and many more.) Maestro Moody leads this orchestra in four orchestral concert programs each February. Robert Moody has served as Music Director for the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) since 2005, Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and Music Director for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) since 2008. Moody served as Associate, then Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony from 1998 through 2006. He conducted a wide variety of concerts, including Classics, Chamber, Pops, Family, Handel's Messiah, and New Year's Eve gala. In addition, he founded The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and for seven years was Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra. Moody was born and raised in Greenville, SC, where he took up the cello in the public school system in the 4th grade. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Furman University with performing emphasis on voice and cello. He completed his Master of Music Degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Maestro Moody share his passion and excitement for the future of conducting. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the FCF office at 480-488-1090. Tickets are $18 for FCF members, $20 for non-members and guests and $5 for students.