Music Instructor/Director of Choral Activities
A 1905 upright piano held a prominent place in the living room of the home Todd Moses grew up in. It was his great uncle’s and he started playing it when he was eight, following the fingertips of older siblings. But it wasn’t until he joined the Macombers that he discovered the harmony he had been looking for.
“It was fantastic, life altering,” says Moses. “As a Macomber, I found other students as passionate about music making as myself.”
Fast forward through 30 years and several teaching posts and Moses is now poised, with baton in hand, to help other Macomb students make the same discovery.
The Macombers are Macomb’s singing and dancing troupe that perform throughout the state as well as in twice annual “extravaganzas,” the proceeds of which fund scholarships for the troupe’s members. Moses was encouraged to tryout while in the Magic Company, the College’s high school choral group. Passing that audition in 1986 was nearly as exciting as learning in May that he had gotten the job as Macomb’s new music instructor and director of choral activities at Macomb, which includes directing the Macombers.
“I just love it. Once I get into the rehearsal room with the students, it’s so comfortable, it just flows,” says Moses, who previously served as director of choral activities at Dakota High School. “But I never truly left Macomb.”
Moses earned a bachelor’s degree in music education/voice from Ball State University and a master’s degree in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. Throughout his career, he has continued to stay active with Macomb’s choral groups. He has performed with InVoice, a group of Macombers alumni, and has codirected Garfield Singers, the College’s middle school/junior high choral group. But returning to Macomb as a faculty member is about as meaningful as when he moved that 1905 upright piano into his own living room and began teaching his daughter on it.
Macomb, after all, is where Moses met his wife, Liz, a fellow music educator and Macomber alum. Macomb is where he is teaching and directing many of his former Dakota music students, including daughter, Bethany, a second-year Macomber who will be continuing her music education at Brigham Young University next year. And Macomb is where he will be able to share with aspiring music educators and performers what he believes is the most important lesson they will ever learn.
“I tell my students, love what you do and always follow your passion,” says Moses. “That is the only way to truly be fulfilled in your career.”