Moody Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Moody Bible Institute's Music Department sponsored the second annual Student Theme Song Contest for Founder’s Week 2011. The winning entry will be used for congregational singing during the conference.
All full-time graduate and undergraduate students from the Chicago campus were asked to use their gifts of poetry and music to develop a song, either contemporary or traditional in style, that supported this year’s Founder's Week theme of “The Riches of His Grace.”
Of the entries that were submitted, one student was selected by a panel of music, communications and theology faculty as the winner for lyrical strength, musical integrity, singability and reflection of the conference theme. Kristi-Joy Matovich, a freshman theology major, won for her song titled The Riches of God’s Grace. Matovich plays in the Moody Symphonic Band, following in the footsteps of her father who was also a band member.
“The goal of this contest is to develop a connection between the current student body and the conference,” said Dr. Cynthia Uitermarkt, chair of Moody’s Music Department. “We have students with profound gifts, and many wonderful pieces were submitted. We feel that Kristi-Joy’s song effectively and beautifully spoke to this year’s theme.”
The winning entries will be heard live at Founder’s Week in addition to being featured on the radio and online. This is the second year the Music Department has hosted the Student Theme Song Contest.