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Dr. Richard P. Gibala

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Director of Music

The Cathedral of St. Thomas
Phone: (703) ***-****  
Cathedral of St. Thomas More
3901 Cathedral Lane
Arlington , Virginia 22203
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Point Park University
  • honorary doctorate
    Leonine Institute
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Richard Gibala, music director at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington and music coordinator for the diocese, plays at the new organ console during this year's chrism Mass.
As the principal instrument of the "mother church" of the diocese, the console was "in nearly constant use and showing signs of wear," said Richard Gibala, cathedral music director and music coordinator for the Arlington Diocese. The old keys had become uneven and some were harder to press.
The new console is computer generated, so it's "more efficient," Gibala said. It also has four instead of the previous three manuals, or keyboards, along with extra stops. Stops are small knobs that correspond to a set of pipes, each representing a unique sound.
There is now "more flexibility while playing," said Gibala, adding that the music also is enhanced by the new acoustics in the cathedral. During renovations wood paneling on the walls was replaced with granite.
The original cathedral console was installed with the pipes when the current church was built in 1961. After the diocese was established in 1974 and the church became a cathedral, additional pipes were added and the console was "tweaked a bit," said Gibala. Over the years the organ has received regular maintenance and care, but the new console "is by far the biggest improvement" he said.
The decision to replace the console rather than the entire organ was partially financial. An organ would cost more than $2 million; the console was $175,000.
Gibala compared the organ to an old mansion: "You can tear it down and start over, neglect it or you can maintain it," he said. Father Rippy and Gibala have opted for the third route.
"I believe it is a magnificent instrument," Gibala said, "and it can serve the cathedral for years to come."
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Richard P. Gibala currently is Director of Music at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, and serves as Artistic Director of Cathedral Concerts. He is the Music Coordinator for the Diocese of Arlington, and is a charter member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Council.
Rick has conducted workshops and retreats, and has served as guest choral conductor in various locations throughout the United States. He has been organ consultant to over 30 churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
He has written articles for The American Organist, Pastoral Music, Today's Parish, Church, and The Liturgical Singer, and is the author of With Harp, Lyre, and Spatula, a cookbook for church musicians, published by NPM. Rick’s compositions have been published by GIA and Morning Star Publication.
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Rick Gibala, director of music at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, is using revised versions of the "People's Mass" by Jan M. Vermulst and "Mass of the Angels and Saints" by Steven Janco.
The cathedral is one example of this, where Gibala recently purchased its first new hymnal in 15 years.
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Richard P. Gibala Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA
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Rick Gibala, Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA, will be the Choral Director.
For the first time in the history of our great Archdiocese, the Office for Divine Worship will host a music festival where adult, teen, and children's choirs are invited to participate together. We are delighted to have Rick Gibala from the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington to serve as our Choral Director. Rick's life-long love of pastoral music, his years of service at the parish, cathedral, and diocesan levels, with both adult and children's choirs, and his experience in working with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians make him the ideal choice to lead this exciting event.
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