Buryl Red was described by The Washington Post as "uncommonly creative.” The creative genius of Buryl Red as composer, conductor, producer, and arranger, has been experienced in such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway, NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live, and thousands of schools, churches, and theaters around the world. His output includes more than sixteen hundred published compositions and arrangements, production of over 2500 recordings, and the musical supervision, composition, and arranging for several hundred shows, documentaries, and musical specials for network and cable television.
Several of his choral works including Celebrate Life! and the first performing edition of Pergolesi's Magnificat are considered landmarks in their fields. He was the executive record producer for some of the most widely used music textbooks in the United States including the Silver Burdett Making Music series.
In 1969, the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention invited Buryl to become the musical director of The CenturyMen, a 100-voice men’s choir composed of auditioned music directors throughout the United States, whose mission was to share the Christian message through singing on radio and TV, concerts, making recordings, and concert tours across the USA and to fifteen foreign countries.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Buryl Red was a graduate of the music schools of Baylor University and Yale University and was a long-time resident of New York City. He was honored with numerous civic and professional awards and degrees.