Riggs bio

Emily Riggs


Emily Riggs (soprano) earned a DMA in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland, a MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a BA in Music and Art History from the University of Richmond, VA. Her current research and performance focuses on the 20th and 21st century art song of Latin America. As part of her continued interest in this material, Dr. Riggs has recorded and translated over fifty songs by world-class composers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, and Venezuela and appears regularly with pianist, David Ballena, in performances of this repertoire in venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Active as a soloist and recitalist, Dr. Riggs recently collaborated with the two-time Grammy Award winning new music ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, in a performance of Schoenberg’s chamber music works at the University of Richmond. This past January, she received praise from the New York Times for her performance in the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s presentation of Charles Ives’ complete songbook, 114 Songs, at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York.  Riggs is a member of the Ensamble Arte and performs in a duo with guitarist, Dan Hartington. Dr. Riggs is a student of Mr. Marvin Keenze of Philadelphia. Additional study includes Ms. Sharon Sweet, Ms. Carmen Balthrop, and Ms. Marianne Casiello.