Richard Pugsley has conducted the internationally recognized Gloriæ Dei Cantores for over 15 years, and performed with the choir in concert halls and churches in 24 countries throughout Europe, Russia, and North America for over 20 years.
Known for his musical sensitivity, artistic elegance, and performance authenticity, Pugsley is passionately committed to enlivening the sacred texts of choral music as relevant and present encounters of sung prayer.
Maestro Pugsley has directed the choir in numerous operatic and choral concert performances at the Church of the Transfiguration including Carissimi’s Jephtha, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Saul; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors; and J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. He directed the New England, USA premiere of The Pilgrim’s Progress by Vaughan Williams, as well as concerts of Walton’s The Twelve, Poulenc’s Gloria, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality, For St. Cecilia, and Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice.
In addition to being conductor of both choral and orchestra ensembles, Pugsley has been hailed as an extraordinary teacher and coach of vocal technique. His own performance as the lead baritone in the New England premiere of Pilgrims Progress won accolades from the Boston Globe.
Pugsley has produced over 25 recordings both choral and instrumental on the Paraclete Recordings record label, and is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Producers and Engineers wing. He most recently produced Gloriæ Dei Cantores’ collaborative recording of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with an anticipated release later this year.
A tenacious advocate for youth music education, Pugsley has also directed workshops with thousands of students throughout the world—using the medium of music to inspire young musicians to reach their greatest potential and experience the joy of excellence in performance.