Richard Proulx

Chicago, Illinois

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In 1970 Richard wrote a Beautiful treatment to the Liturgy "Gloria In Excelsis" Being a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Beverly Hills, Ca. we immediately adopted it as our weekly Anthem. Copies of it were printed out and pasted in the Front Page of our Hymnals. I am sure that Richard must have known our Choir Director at the time. His name was Owen Brady and he was also head of the Bureau of Music for the City of Los Angeles. His work lives on and he shall be...

I was an acoylte at St. Stephen's Church in Seattle in 1971, where Richard Proulx was organist and choirmaster. When you listened to the beautiful music from Richard Proulx and the choir, you never doubted that there was a God. The music ministry of Mr. Proulx really helped establish me in the Christian faith.

I had the distinct pleasure of performing "We Adore You, O Christ" for the very first time for Peter Bahou, for whom it was dedicated. Thank you for blessing the Church with your music!

I'm listening to one of Richard's extraordinary perfect choral CD's: this time his recording choir has just sung "Emitte spiritum".
We have lost a giant.
A Friend

We used Richard's brilliant handbell arrangements at the Cathedral of St. Paul, a wondrous space for his music. He had encouraged Msgr. Hayden to purchase the Petit and Fritsen Bells and they matched Proulx's arrangements to perfection.
Among other occasions, we rang the astonishing "Christ the Lord Is Ris'n Today" (from "The Pilgrim") at the Easter Vigil. Those musical liturgical memories will never be forgotten.
How lucky we were to have met him in this...

I was a high-schol classmate of Richard's also. We sang together in Sister Maxilinda's Mixed Chorus, and also in Rev. John Sweeney's Gilbert and Sullivan Productions at the Catholic Youth Center in St. Paul, MN.
During those days, he was a good bass, and besides that, fun.
He was a musical giant. I am so sorry he's gone.

Dorothy Dittberner Scanlan

I met Richard in 1965 when I was a young Baritone in the Holy Childhood Church Choir. He helped me to develop a love of liturgical music that has stayed with me all my life. Many years later, in Southern California, I was again blessed to be able to spend a day with Richard at one of his many liturgical music seminars. He remembered me and I felt as welcome as I had 40 years ago at Holy Childhood. Richard was a hugely talented man. His directorial and musical skills will remain with us...

I was blessed to be able to sing with Richard many years ago at Holy Childhood Parish in St. Paul, MN. To this day I am still singing in a guitar group at church and it's all because of the wonderful direction and commitment to perfection shown to me while singing under the meticulous direction of Richard. Thank you Richard!


Richard's Obituaries

Renowned Composer & Conductor Died Thursday, 18 February 2010 At Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Born in Saint Paul, MN on 3 April, 1937, Proulx was Organist and Director of Music from 1980 - 1994 at the Cathedral of the Holy Name in Chicago. During his tenure at Holy...

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