Jeffrey Riehl is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Richmond where he has taught since 1995. At UR, he conducts the highly-acclaimed Schola Cantorum and teaches voice and courses for both music majors and general students. His choirs have performed to critical acclaim in distinguished venues throughout the United States and Europe and recently released their third CD recording. Dr. Riehl’s choirs are widely admired for their musicality, vitality, and expressive sound. An accomplished solo and ensemble singer, Riehl has performed with Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Schreier, Joseph Flummerfelt, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training choir, the early music consort Affetti Musicali, the Eastman Collegium Musicum and lutenist Paul O’Dette, the Williamsburg Choral Guild, the Carolina Chamber Chorale at the Spoleto Festival USA, and numerous collegiate and civic choirs throughout the East. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and has recorded for Chesky Records as a member of the Westminster Choir and for the Milken Foundation Archive of American Jewish Music.
Riehl is Director of Music at historic Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Richmond and was for ten years Artistic Director and Conductor of the James River Singers, one of Richmond’s finest chamber choirs. Before joining the UR faculty, he held appointments at Nazareth College of Rochester, Westminster Choir College, and Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Riehl’s research focuses on the choral music and traditions of Slovenia, where in 2003 he was Artist in Residence at the Academy of Music and lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, and more recently the grand motets of Michel-Richard Delalande and sacred music at the Court of Versailles. He also is a composer and arranger.
Riehl earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music where he was a conducting Fellow and received the Walter Hagan Conducting Award, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. His conducting studies have been with Joseph Flummefelt, Frauke Haasemann, Don Neuen, and William Weinert, and in masterclass with Helmuth Rilling, Leonard Slatkin, Kenneth Jennings, Michael Morgan, and David Effron; voice studies with Thomas Houser, Oren Brown, Marvin Keenze, Philip Morgan, and Carol Webber.