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Richard Gard

Although retired in 2021 from his faculty position at the Yale School of Music and Director of Music at Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale, Richard remains a lifelong musician and educator at heart. He enjoys accompanying and performing with ensembles more than solo work, and loves to create the “soundtrack” to whatever event or activity he plays for or conducts. 


Richard worked in commercial and pop music, performing with big and not so big bands and soloists in Los Angeles clubs and civic orchestras; in Connecticut he connected with the large arena and equity theaters as a contractor and conductor, and founded the Performing Arts Collaborative LLC to facilitate this work.  His groups have performed in theaters and arenas with 500 to 25,000 audience, including a sold-out choral concert on the main stage of Carnegie Hall with orchestra and 400 choristers from the US, Britain, and Finland in 2016.


In 2012 Richard joined the The Way of H Inc., to consult on the development of his ideas into online music teaching systems: Rock Prodigy, Choir Prodigy, Music Prodigy, All-state Choir Prep, and SongBird.  School choir members have since practiced more than 1 million hours learning to sight sing in his apps, and guitarists played more than 1 million hours.

In 2016 Richard designed and published the online Cloud Hymnal.  Cloud Hymnal offers a free library for non-profit use, and also hosts subscription music from other sacred music publishers in an easily searched which also creates liturgy or set lists. Cloud Hymnal accepts user submissions of sacred music and the library grows by several hundred works each year. As of June 2023, there have been more than 500,000 free downloads of shared music. 


Richard has been interested in music technology since its inception. In1976 he built a Moog III synthesizer with Dr. Hank Keating in Los Angeles.  Recordings were made on 1” Tascan tape machines, Tascam and Neve boards, Maestro Echo-plex, magnetic tape loops on mic stands.  Richard performed and recorded with the first products by Echoplex, Moog, ARP, Sequential, Buchla, Alesis, Electro-harmonix, Oberheim, Synclavier, Emu, Kurzweil, String Ensemble, Yamaha DX, and Mellotron.  


An editor and arranger for three choral music publishers, Richard’s SATB arrangement of Debussy’s “Beau soir” was in print for 29 years, and his 22 English settings of Norwegian and Swedish hymns was popular in Augsburg collections and hymnals.


Before joining the faculty at Yale University School of Music, Richard was on the faculty of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Connecticut, Gateway Community College, Connecticut, Cypress College, California, and Newbridge High School, California.

From age 5, Richard has devoted much of his talent to liturgical music and has served as music director at multiple churches throughout his career, culminating in his 22 years at Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale, of which he is most proud. 


Richard and Evelyn Gard founded the Performing Arts Collaborative (PAC) in 2004 to foster creativity and excellence through the performing arts. 


Performing Arts Collaborative (PAC) is a full-service and creative entertainment production company dedicated to helping organizations and individuals create the perfect event or show. Our team of experienced professionals is here to provide you with comprehensive, start-to-finish production services, from concept to curtain call. We can also provide segmented services, including casting, rehearsing, coaching, hiring musicians, providing technical services, and managing promotions and marketing. We bring together professionals and newcomers to the entertainment industry to nurture and encourage new talent while creating top-level entertainment through music and the theater arts.  

PAC is dedicated to creating the perfect performance for your needs. With our extensive experience in the entertainment industry, we will make sure that your event or show exceeds  expectations.

Evelyn Gard

Evelyn's (Evie) career in entertainment is a lifelong journey that has afforded her the opportunity to perform, direct and produce entertainment for most of her adult life. 

She considers herself fortunate to have performed in some of the region’s most popular entertainment venues including Carnegie Hall, Foxwoods and MGM casinos, and the Oakdale Theater, and has toured internationally with multiple ensembles.  She considers her concert at Winchester Cathedral the greatest highlight, because it afforded her the opportunity to pay homage to her favorite author, Jane Austen, who is buried there. 


Her production credit includes major public events in partnership with national and local media, as well as theatrical productions and concerts in venues of various capacity including Carnegie Hall in NY, the Palace Theater, Oakdale, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Los Angeles. 

Evie is often sought out as a coach, not only for beginning vocalists, but for her mentoring in interpersonal and business matters. She is a firm believer in the power of mentoring and believes in providing guidance and opportunities for new talent through her professional affiliations.


Evie is particularly passionate about nurturing new talent and bringing it to the fore, and believes that anyone willing to put in the work can have a career in the Arts, even if they need to keep their day job.


Evie is an advocate for community engagement has worked with Yale University for MacNeil/Lehrer’s By the People project, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, WNPR, and national media to produce events that and promote open dialogue and discourse on matters of civic relevance.  Her work has been recognized by Business New Haven (Rising Stars), Connecticut Business Times (Twenty Noteworthy Women). In 2018 she was awarded PRSA’s Practitioner of the Year Award, and New Have Biz’s Inaugural Women Who Mean Business Award. 

After 21 years, Evie retired (Emeritus) in 2022 from her position as Associate Dean of Communications and Marketing for the Shoreline-West region of Connecticut State Community College, where she also served as regional spokesperson and oversaw a vibrant, creative team of talented communications and design specialists.  She remains active in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Elm Shakespeare Company where she serves on the Development and Marketing committees. 

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