About Richard


Richard Gard is Lecturer of Hearing and Analysis and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Lessons at Yale University.  A performer since age 6, he has also enjoyed a long year career as a conductor and teacher, and recently patented an audio algorithm for his music education software. A life-long church musician, Richard is Director of Music for Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale and the Center for Liturgical Music.  Richard is also Director of the New Haven Ballet Orchestra.

Mr. Gard received his Doctor of Musical Arts and masters degrees from Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music where he was a student of Marguerite Brooks. He earned his BA degree from California State University, Long Beach, under the tutelage of Frank Pooler and Julien Musafia. Richard was honored at Yale with two named scholarships and four academic prizes.

He is known as an outstanding teacher with three Connecticut State Teaching Merit Awards and a national teaching award. Richard’s choral arrangements, translations and compositions have achieved national publication and production. Richard is a leader in the utilization of digitized resources, tablet devices, and cloud platforms for teaching music at all levels. As Chief Academic Officer for Music Prodigy Corporation, a software developer, he is designing and testing expert teaching systems for tablets, mobile, desktop, and cloud devices.  He is development team member for Rock Prodigy, Music Prodigy, Choir Prodigy, and Cloud Hymnal systems.

Richard’s performances include tours throughout the United States and the United Kingdom including professional appearances in Salisbury Cathedral, York Minster, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Woolsey Hall, Palace Theater, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Waterbury First Congregational Church, Oakdale Chevrolet Theater, Mohegan Sun Arena, Boston Symphony Hall, Foxwoods Grand Arena, and Temple B’nai Israel. Richard and his wife, Evelyn, share six children.

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