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Bob Moody will be commissioned as the new director of music and organist at New Providence Presbyterian Church, during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, March 30.
All area residents are invited to attend the service and the reception that will follow.
Moody has been serving as the interim director of music at New Providence.
After learning to play the organ "on his own," Moody, a native of Staunton, played his first church service on youth Sunday at First Baptist when he was 15. Moody began his organ study after high school graduation in 1958 with Dr. Carl Broman at Mary Baldwin College and Trinity Church, still practicing on the instrument at Christ Lutheran on Lewis Street. He continued study with Georgia Renfro in Charlottesville starting in 1961 while a student at the University of Virginia, first in electrical engineering and then in music education.
He was supply organist at Emmanuel Episcopal in Staunton in 1959 while Dr. Ruth McNeil was on sabbatical from Mary Baldwin, and since that time he has been organist and/or choir director at St. Mark's Lutheran in Charlottesville, Hinton Avenue Methodist in Charlottesville, Covenant Presbyterian in Staunton, and Tinkling Spring Presbyterian in Fishersville. Since 1983 he has served as guest or interim organist in well over 25 area churches from New Market to Charlottesville, and particularly enjoys playing "organs older than he is."
Moody lives in an 1832 farmhouse in western Augusta County with his wife Joy, and practices on his Rodgers digital organ in the parlor or his 100-year-old piano in the dining room each day.
Besides enjoying time with his three granddaughters and managing business pursuits, he is a member of Hebron Presbyterian in Staunton where he sings in the choir, a member of the Charlottesville Chapter of The American Guild of Organists, a member of The Organ Historical Society, a member of the board of Valley Music Academy, and is a past president of the Staunton-Augusta Rotary Club.