A Concert For Gary: A celebration and commemoration of Dr. Gary Moody

Gary Moody headshot

An afternoon concert has been planned for Sept. 30 to celebrate and commemorate of the work and life of Dr. Gary Moody.

The Concert For Gary is a time for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Colorado State University to honor all that Moody has given to the program over his 29-year career. The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

Alumni, students, colleagues, and friends are invited to help by sending pictures of Moody for a slideshow that is going to be presented during the concert. Those with photos can contact Copper Ferreira to share photos; a link to an electronic folder to which people can add pictures and photographic memories will be provided.

Because of the impact Moody had teaching oboe and bassoon for many years, his former applied students are invited to join in a large double reed ensemble (bassoon and oboe only) to perform at the concert as a final farewell to a dear teacher. There will be a brief rehearsal at 2 p.m. that day in the Runyan Rehearsal Hall for bassoon and oboe players who would like to perform —  Associate Professor Rebecca Phillips is conducting. Formal concert dress is not required and colored clothing is appropriate. Download Bach Chorales (PDF)

This concert is free but guests are asked to reserve a ticket.

In memory: Gary Edwin Moody

Gary Edwin Moody passed away Aug. 20, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. He was 62 years old.

Gary was born on Aug. 21, 1955, in Delta, to Elbridge and Billie (Cassell) Moody. He graduated from Longmont High School in 1973 and went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1978. Gary attended the University of Iowa where he got his master’s degree and later continued his education by obtaining his doctorate also from University of Northern Colorado in 1995.

On Oct. 17, 1987, he married Risë Ammerman in Denver.

Gary worked at the Vail Mountain School for five years before joining the staff at Colorado State University where he was a professor in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance for 29 years. He was a member of the Des Moines Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Nico Milan Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa. From 1981 to 2008, he was principal bassoon with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Gary was also an entrepreneur and in 1990 started a business, GEM Woodwind Products.

Gary loved his family, music, teaching, was an avid biker, world traveler, and lifelong learner.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his wife Risë; his brother Rick (Christine) Moody; his sister Rebecca (Jeff) Clark; his brother-in-law Ravel (Sharon) Ammerman; six nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held.

Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gary and Risë Moody CSU Music Scholarship Fund. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.comto share condolences.