[ Musicianship and Analysis ]
Richard Gard is a conductor, teacher, and performing musician. His professional activity is centered at Yale University since 2000, where he teaches “Hearing and Analysis” at the Yale School of Music and is director of Undergraduate and Secondary Music Lessons for the university. Gard earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in choral conducting at Yale.
Gard is also the director of music at St. Thomas More Chapel and Catholic Center at Yale, and founder of its Center for Music and Liturgy. As part of his duties at the Center, Gard is publisher of the Cloud Hymnal, an online music resource with a growing library of nearly 9,000 free liturgical musical works for churches.
As a composer and editor, Gard draws upon a lifetime of musical service to the Church and choral music in schools; several of his published works actively sold for more than 20 years. While he has many pieces in 4-part choral settings, Gard now works mostly in a melody and accompaniment texture accessible to congregational singers. Gard is particularly blessed to work with his talented wife, Evelyn, when they create texts and music for special celebrations and liturgies.
Expert in browser and app-based applications, Gard is the Chief Academic Officer of Music Prodigy, a developer of digital music education systems currently in use throughout the United States.