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Richard Proulx, a choral conductor and prolific composer and arranger of music, led the musical program at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral for many years after holding similar positions at churches in St. Paul, Minn., his hometown, and in Seattle. 
At Holy Name, seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, he conducted several choirs, leading one on a tour of Europe in 1988, and provided a variety of music for services and events.  He also oversaw the installation of two organs: a Canadian Casavant in 1983, and an organ from Netherlands-based Flentrop six years later.

After stepping down from his post at Holy Name in 1994, Mr. Proulx remained in Chicago and maintained a busy schedule of composing, arranging and recording. In 1991, he started a choral group called The Cathedral Singers. Employing vocalists from diverse genres, the group has recorded more than 25 CDs, including two volumes of Mr. Proulx's compositions titled "Rare Beasts & Unique Adventures," a line adapted from the poet W.H. Auden. The group's music was also heard in an episode of the television show "ER."

Mr. Proulx composed more than 300 pieces. Much of his output was sacred music and choral compositions. But he also crafted commercial tunes, notably a 1971 theme song for the Union Pacific Railroad, as well as two operas. In addition, his arrangement of Agnus Dei, Requiem Mass was played at the 1996 funeral for Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, a close friend. 

  • Octavos - Choral Music

Away In a Manger String Quartet

Eucharistic Acclamations from Mass of St Michael - O Connor - click and print

Gloria Simplex - eAccompaniment

God, Who at the Font Once Named Us

Here Is Joy for Every Age

Justice Shall Grow and Flourish (Justus ut Palma Florebit) - Click and Print - Proulx

Like a Deer That Longs (Clarinet & French Horn Parts)

Like a Deer That Longs: Psalm 42

Like a Deer That Longs (Clarinet & French Horn Parts) - Click & Print

Like a Deer That Longs: Psalm 42

Litany for the Season of Advent - eAccompaniment

Love Is His Word Flute Part

Mass for Christian Unity - Assembly Card

May Angels Lead You into Paradise

Mass of St Michael - Eucharistic Acclamations and Lamb of God - O Connor

My God My God: Psalm 22 - eAccompaniment

O God, Let All the Nations Praise You: Psalm 67

O God Let All the Nations Praise You: Psalm 67

Praise O Zion - String Quintet - click and print

Praise, O Zion (Brass Quartet & Timpani) - Click & Print

Praise, O Zion (Brass Quartet & Timpani)

Psalm 22: My God Why Have You Abandoned Me?

Psalm 22: My God Why Have You Abandoned Me? - Click and Print

Silent Night

The Eyes of All - Proulx - click and print

The Eyes of All - Proulx

Who Is This King of Glory?

Veni Sancte Spriritus

Missa Simplex CD - O'Connor

Eight Choral Introits for Feasts and Solemnities - Click & Print

Missa Simplex Full Score - O'Connor / Proulx

Missa Simplex Full Score Click and Print - O'Connor / Proulx

Psalm 100: All the Earth

Love Is His Word - Click & Print

Praise, O Zion: Sequence for Corpus Christi - Click and Print

Praise, O Zion: Sequence for Corpus Christi

Missa Simplex Assembly Card - O'Connor / Proulx

Gloria Simplex - Click and Print

Two Psalms for Treble Voices - Proulx

Two Psalms for Treble Voices (Proulx) - Click and Print