Moody L. Chisholm, Jr. ’49

Moody L. Chisholm, Jr. ’49 of Lakeland, Fla., died July 20, 2005. He was a tenor soloist, conductor, and co-founder of the Bach Festival of Central Florida. He earned his master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York. After moving to Polk County, Fla., in 1955, he served as choir and music director of Beymer Memorial Methodist Church in Winter Haven, First Methodist Church in Lakeland, and First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, from which he retired in 1989. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland where he sang in the choir. Known to his friends as “Moo,” he performed in classical and sacred music productions as a tenor soloist and conductor. In 1975, he and Virginia Davidson founded the Bach Festival of Central Florida. Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Dorathea Janssen Chisholm, 2006 Fredericksburg Pl, Lakeland, Fla. 33803-2568; a daughter, Lynn Chisholm; a son, Moody L. Chisholm, Jr.; a sister, Alice Griffith; and three grandchildren.