According to a statement, when the orchestra polled its musicians, audience, board, search committee, and staff during the search process, Moody was the top choice of every group. He will assume the post his fall, replacing Peter Perret, who led the ensemble from 1978 through 2004.
Moody will relinquish his position in Phoenix at the end of the 2005-06 season. He is also principal guest conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and artistic director of the Arizona Music Festival. He studied at the Eastman School of Music.
"I've been looking forward to leading the artistic vision of a great orchestra for a long time now," Moody said in a statement. "My vision for the Winston-Salem Symphony is for it to become an orchestra that is viewed nationally as one of the true gems of regional orchestras around the country."
Moody was chosen from a group of finalists that also included Michael Butterman, music director of Opera Southwest; John Russell, associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony; and Alfred Savia, music director of the Evansville (Indiana) Philharmonic. Alexander Mickelthwate, assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, withdrew himself from consideration earlier this year.