Associate Professor and Chair
203 Drama Bldg.
Richard Will holds appointments in the Department of Music and the Department of Drama. He received his bachelor’s degree from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctorate from Cornell. He began teaching at UVA in 2001, following several years at the University of Washington. His courses focus on opera, 18th-century music, and bluegrass performance. He is currently Chair of the Drama Department (2018-21) and was previously Chair of the Music Department (2010-15).
Will’s research focuses on opera, classical music, and folk music of America and Europe. He is completing a new book, Don Giovanni Live: Performance, Media, Myth. Previous publications include The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven (Cambridge University Press, 2002); Engaging Haydn: Culture, Context, and Criticism (co-editor; Cambridge University Press, 2012); and numerous essays on opera, orchestral music, religious music, and folk music.
A bluegrass fiddler and singer, Will performs frequently and hosts a regular jam session for members of the university and Charlottesville communities.