Gloriæ Dei Cantores holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of Sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century.
About the Choir
Gloriæ Dei Cantores has received extensive critical acclaim for its artistic elegance, performance authenticity, and compelling spirituality. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope for over 30 years, Gloriæ Dei Cantores has toured extensively, touching the hearts of audiences in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. The choir has appeared on the concert stage and in recordings with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Samuel Adler, Mark O’Connor, Stephen Cleobury, Vladimir Minin, and the late George Guest, Mary Berry, and Margaret Hillis, among others. Highlights of the choir’s career include three invitational tours of Russia, the opening of the 900th anniversary of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, live broadcasts with the BBC, the soundtrack of Lorenzo’s Oil, and performances in some of the finest concert halls throughout Europe. Its discography of over 50 recordings is distributed in the United States through Gloriæ Dei Cantores Recordings, Paraclete Press, Inc., and Naxos of America, Inc. The choir makes its’ home in Orleans, MA.
About the Director
Known for his musical intuition and performance authenticity, Richard K. Pugsley has been applauded for his “expert conducting” (Classics Today) with “clarity and instinct for high impact moments” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and for his ability to “reveal the details of each composition with a rare sensitivity and luminosity.” (New York Classical Review). Pugsley has conducted the internationally recognized Gloriæ Dei Cantores for over twenty years, and performed with the choir in concert halls and churches in twenty-four countries throughout Europe, Russia, and North America for over thirty years. His passion for enlivening the sacred texts of choral literature as relevant and present encounters of sung prayer spans the traditions of ancient Gregorian chant, to classic repertoire, modern works, and rarely-performed choral gems.
His directing in the New England Premiere of The Pilgrim’s Progress was heralded by the Boston Globe as “powerful in conception and polished in execution.”
Pugsley is an accomplished producer of over thirty recordings on the Paraclete and Gloriæ Dei Cantores Record labels. He most recently produced Gloriæ Dei Cantores’ album, Stabat Mater: Choral Works by Arvo Pärt that was released in 2020, rose to #5 on the Traditional Classical Billboard Charts, and has been hailed as “superb, unfailingly secure, lovely, and expressive.” (Fanfare).
A tenacious advocate for youth music education, Pugsley has also directed workshops with thousands of students throughout the world—using the medium of music to inspire young musicians to reach their greatest potential and experience the joy of excellence in performance.
About the Director Emeritus
Under the inspired leadership of Elizabeth C. Patterson, Gloriæ Dei Cantores has achieved its present status as a world-class choir internationally recognized for its exceptional artistry and compelling spirituality. Known for her interpretive vision and her commitment to performance authenticity, Ms. Patterson is considered one of America’s finest choral conductors.
As the founding director in 1988, Elizabeth Patterson transformed Gloriæ Dei Cantores from a small church choir to a world-class concert choir. She established an aggressive program of study for the choir including three extended study tours in England with choral masters George Guest of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and Dr. Stephen Cleobury of King’s College, Cambridge. She has garnered respect from colleagues around the world, including Margaret Hillis, Keith Lockhart, Craig Timberlake, Dorothy Richardson, and Gerre Hancock.
In addition to directing the choir’s discography of over 50 recordings, Elizabeth Patterson has overseen the development of a repertoire incorporating over 2,400 works including world premieres of Transfiguration Mass by Samuel Adler, The Vision by Dominick Argento, Resurrexi by Gerald Near, and Folk Mass and Let Us Move by Grammy award-winning artist Mark O’Connor.
Under Ms. Patterson’s direction, Gloriæ Dei Cantores collaborated in ten holiday tours with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops; performed at the annual Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center where Ms. Patterson directed the premiere of Bruce Saylor’s A Christmas Garland on a televised broadcast; sang with the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards at Boston Garden; and opened the 900th Anniversary Celebration of the Basilica at San Marco in Venice.
An accomplished keyboard artist, organist, pianist, and harpsichord specialist, Elizabeth Patterson is also recognized for her extensive contribution to the world of Gregorian chant, working with the late Dr. Mary Berry, CBE, of the Schola Gregoriana in Cambridge, England, and directing the performance of chant in concerts and recordings.
“Ms. Patterson is a true choral alchemist, and never fails to draw truly golden sound and beautifully nuanced singing from her hard-working musicians. Sacred illumination is their mission, and they achieve it with spiritual sincerity and power.” —American Record Guide
The Choir’s Impact
“Beautifully finished but richly emotional” —BOSTON GLOBE
“Beautiful, affecting music” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“A world-class concert choir” —WASHINGTON POST
“They sing with absolute fluency and authority.” —GRAMOPHONE
“Truly golden sound and beautifully nuanced singing.” —AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“The fabulous singers of Gloriæ Dei Cantores sing with the enthusiasm and devotion that their fans have come to expect.” —AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
“Seamless ensemble, seductive phrasing and surprising dynamic range… producing a sound of great physical beauty.” —LOS ANGELES TIMES
The important thing about this choir is their dedication to international understanding and friendship, and their desire to help consolidate at a deep level, that sense of unity which is such an essential part of the Christian message.” —Dr. Glen Williams, Former General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
“You have contributed greatly to the process of strengthening brand new reconciliation and understanding between Americans and Russians.” —Patriarch Alexy II
“One of the finest crafted, best blended, and innately musical ensembles with which I have had the pleasure to work.” —Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops
“I have no hesitation in saying that Gloriæ Dei Cantores is one of the best choirs of its kind which I have heard in the United States—one which combines dedication, enthusiasm, hard work, and very considerable technical ability with the musicianship which turns a good choir into an excellent one. I am proud to be associated with it. Gloriæ Dei Cantores is a unique representation of American culture at its very best. The choir has a large repertoire and its high standards rival those of the great European choirs. They bring musicianship, enthusiasm and total commitment to all they undertake and, consequently, their many concerts have received the highest critical acclaim.” —Dr. George Guest, St. John’s College, Cambridge, England
“An extraordinary recording—the singing is superb, the sound outstanding, and it provides one with a truly spiritual as well as musical experience. I consider it a great privilege to have my music included on this beautiful record. In my estimation this musical product is the finest on the market today.” —Samuel Adler
“I was proud to be their representative here—the very best of America.” —Mark Palmer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
“I have been amazed by the very high level of performances. One of the very best performances of the Messe Solennelle I have ever heard. The direction of Elizabeth Patterson is absolutely wonderful.” —Marie Louise Langlais
“You are truly one of the great choirs in the world.” — Dr. Robert Schuller, Pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, CA
“Truly important American choral music presented by this group unsurpassed in performing music of this kind. American composers are indeed fortunate to have these marvelous advocates.” —Dominick Argento
“They are superb in every way—ensemble, authenticity of style, conviction of interpretation, sheer beauty of sound, and above all, the spiritual glory flawlessly expressed for all to hear.” —Gerre Hancock