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Dr. Richard P. Gibala

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Director of Music

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


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Charter Member
    National Association of Pastoral Musicians Council


  • honorary doctorate
    Leonine Institute
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Richard ..., 8 Oct 2015 [cached]
Richard Gibala 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.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he served as music coordinator for the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 1978 - 1986, where he founded the Diocesan Choir and the local chapter of the NPM. Rick served as chairperson for the NPM regional conventions in Pittsburgh in 1982 and in Washington, DC in 1990. He chaired the national NPM convention held in Washington, DC, July, 2001. In 1999 Rick was honored at the national NPM convention as Pastoral Musician of the Year. In September, 2000, he received an honorary doctorate from the Leonine Institute.
He also served as chair for the 2003 regional convention of the American Guild of Organists held in Northern Virginia, and chair for the Millennial Gathering of The Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians held in Washington, DC in 1999. ick was dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 1998-2000, and served as chair of the Tri Chapter of the AGO from 2004 - 2006. He has also served as Chapter Director for the Arlington Chapter of NPM.
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. BACK TO TOP
Office for Divine Worship - Home, 27 July 2010 [cached]
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.
Rick Gibala, director of ..., 10 Jan 2007 [cached]
Rick Gibala, director of music at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More and diocesan coordinator of music, considers his full-time job a vocation. (GRETCHEN R. CROWE | CATHOLIC HERALD)
Deftly working the pipe organ pedals with his feet, Rick Gibala, the director of music at the Arlington church and coordinator of music for the diocese, occasionally was able to lift his hands from the three-tiered keyboard to direct his choir.Eyes glancing from the sheet music to his robed singers, the 60-year-old Gibala played the organ and conducted the choir like he had been doing it, well, since he was a kid , which he has.An early startGibala was in high school when he took a job as church organist for his home parish of St. Mary in McKeesport, Pa., a southeast suburb of Pittsburgh.Every morning at 7, Gibala played the organ at back-to-back daily Masses , a ministry that continued even while enrolled at Point Park University 15 miles away."I literally played my way through college," Gibala said, sitting in the basement of the cathedral, where his current office is located. His musical training, however, began even earlier.Neither his mother, Bernice, nor his father, Ted, played an instrument or sang, but Gibala said that his parents instilled their joint love of music into their three sons. In Gibala's words, he took what he was given and ran with it.He studied the piano, clarinet and the organ , his great love , and joined the choir in the third grade.His singing days were numbered, however, five years later, when Gibala's voice changed and, inexplicably, his left vocal chord was paralyzed.Though now unable to carry a tune, Gibala continued his study of music, throwing all his energy into his organ playing.He now "sings" through the pipe organ , what he calls "the king of instruments."With all of its keys, pedals and stops, playing the organ has always come naturally to him, he said, and he is "grateful to God every day for that gift."Gibala also was given the gift of faith , instilled in him through his mother's teachings and his father's quiet example.Gibala still remembers his father kneeling by the bed in prayer every night."It was his modeling that taught us what (we) had to do," Gibala said.Eventually, "it becomes part of your life."The family was poor, but it didn't matter."We had God, we had our faith, we had a happy household," Gibala said."If you put God first, everything else falls into place."A professional ministerWhen Gibala graduated from college in 1970, he put his degrees in early childhood education and music to work.Named director of music at St. Winifred Parish in Pittsburgh, he also taught in the parochial school , literally working seven days a week teaching school and leading the music for the parish Masses.Father Jeremiah O'Shea, now senior priest at St. Valentine Church in Bethel Park, Pa., was the pastor of St. Winifred while Gibala was there.
Father O'Shea said Gibala had the talent and the personality skills to create community within both his choirs and the parish.
While at St. Winifred, Gibala became the first lay person appointed music director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.He traded his work with the school for his diocesan responsibilities and focused on starting a diocesan choir, which is still thriving.He also created a local chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).
Gibala, too, is grateful for this knowledge and understanding."Music has a way of helping unfold the liturgical year in a very beautiful way," Gibala said.On Easter Sunday, when the organ plays "Jesus Christ is Risen Today," "you can feel the resurrection."In ArlingtonIn 1986, Gibala's work with NPM took him from Pennsylvania to Virginia, where he became national chapter coordinator and accepted a position as the music director at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls.In 1990, he accepted his current position at the cathedral, hired by then-rector Msgr.
With the arrival of Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde to the Arlington Diocese in 1999, Gibala was appointed as diocesan coordinator of music.
As coordinator, Gibala formed and now conducts the diocesan choir, which, with its approximately 200 representatives from throughout the diocese, sings at events like ordinations and rites of election.For two years, one of those representatives was now-seminarian Stephen Schultz, who credited Gibala's leadership for bringing the choir together.
Though Schultz no longer is able to sing with the choir, the members pray for him every time they convene, Gibala said.
If one thing is clear about Gibala's nearly lifelong involvement with Church music, it is that he considers it a vocation , a ministry, not a job. Gibala said that while at Mass, he is not performing, but instead leading prayer."It's not about me , I'm just helping people pray," he said."When I direct our choir, and they're singing, I just know God is there.God is in this music."Gibala favors the compositions of 16th-century composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, specifically "Sicut Cervus;" and Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude and Fugue (St. Anne)" for the organ.
Still involved with NPM, Gibala now serves as the chair of the division for diocesan music directors.In his spare time, he loves to cook, and has put together a cookbook made especially for musicians."I also love to have friends over , sitting around the table," Gibala said.But most of his time is taken up with music, one of the reasons Gibala said he's married to his ministry."It's a calling," Gibala said.
The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More: Parish Staff, 12 May 2015 [cached]
Dr. Richard P. Gibala, Director of Music
The Archdiocese of Chicago, 5 Oct 2007 [cached]
Directing the choral festival will be Rick Gibala, Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, VA. "Rick's life-long love of pastoral music, his years of service at the parish, cathedral, and diocesan levels, with adult and children's choirs, and his work with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians make him the ideal choice to lead this exciting event, " said Todd Williamson, Director of the Archdiocese's Office for Divine Worship.
Gibala also serves as Artistic Director of Cathedral Concerts, is Music Coordinator for the Diocese of Arlington and is a charter member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Council. In 1999, he was honored by NPM as Pastoral Musician of the Year, and in 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from the Leonine Institute.
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