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Richard DeMone - Choral Music Composer

Choral music composerRichard DeMone is a respected choral music composer and is also known for writing popular songs, many of which have been performed throughout New England and New York. His involvement in various churches as organist and choir director, which began in junior high school days, has inspired him to write Christian choral music in many different styles and genres and for a great variety of levels of musical expertise for adults, youth, and children, alike. As an adult, Richard worked with several well-known night club singers and wrote songs for them which were very popular with the public. Some of these compositions cross over the boundaries into Christian choral music, as well.

A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Richard also studied privately with piano and organ instructors Edward B. Whittredge of Quincy, MA, Doris Lehnert of the Hartford Conservatory and Clarence Watters at Trinity College, as well as conducting instructor Emanuel Balaban of New York City. The education Richard received from these prestigious schools and his instructors nurtured him along the path of pursuing his dreams as a choral music composer.

Richard DeMone began his career as Organist/Choir Director at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, in East Milton, MA, and since then he has served churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. His longest tenure was as Director of Music Ministries for the First United Methodist Church, Melrose, MA, from 1978 until 2010. He is currently at Grace Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Richard has composed anthems, solos, cantatas, instrumental works, secular choral pieces, and pop songs and has been active as a performer in nightclub venues and as a musical director in professional and community theaters. Several of his more prominent productions include “Dames at Sea” and “The Drunkard” in New York City, “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” and “Threepenny Opera” at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, “Anything Goes” at the Hartford Stage Company, “The Sound of Music,” and “Pippin” for the Chateau de Ville Dinner Theatre circuit in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and a tour of “Cabaret” starring Judy Carne.