Robert Riggs, department chair since 2013, is professor of music and teaches music history, violin and viola. A member of the faculty since 1987, he returned in 1996 after two years as a visiting associate professor of music at the University of Utah. He studied violin with David Cole, Kurt Frederick, Leonard Felberg, Dorothy DeLay, and Emanuel Borok. For twenty-five years, Riggs has been a recitalist and a player with orchestras and chamber ensembles; his engagements have included a five-year position in Germany with the orchestra of the Lower Saxon State Opera in Hannover, and ten years of free-lance work with Boston area orchestras. He is currently a member of the Oxford Piano Trio, which performed in Berlin in the summer of 1995.
Dr. Riggs received the Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University; he has written numerous articles on the music of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and has delivered papers at meetings of the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, and the International Mozart Congress in Salzburg in 1991. His book, Leon Kirchner: Composer, Performer, and Teacher was published by University of Rochester Press in 2010.