Richard McIntyre earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in organ music from The Boston Conservatory in 1977, launching a thirty-year public school teaching career. He completed a Master of Arts in Composition at The College of New Jersey in 1995, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at Temple University in 2010. He has studied organ with David Drinkwater and Dowell MacNeill, and composition with Robert McMahan, Maurice Wright, and Richard Brodhead. In addition to teaching, Dr. McIntyre has worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16, serving parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has arranged and composed a large quantity of music for the ensembles under his direction, and his compositions have won recognition from Philadelphia’s Network for New Music, and The New York Virtuoso Singers.
Dr. McIntyre retired from public school teaching in 2009, but continues a full schedule as a free-lance musician. Currently, he is the music director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ. He conducts the Hunterdon Choral Union, a community chorus that performs in conjunction with the Hunterdon Symphony, and is the piano accompanist for The Opera Project, a consortium of professional singers who perform monthly concerts of art song and operatic repertoire. The Hunterdon Choral Union premiered his Lamentations (four movements with texts by George Herbert and from the book of Jeremiah) in 2015, and The Opera Project has premiered two of his one-act operas: A Jubilee, (2010) based on a play by Anton Chekhov, and In a Grove, (2016) from a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
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