Organist Ann Marie Rigler is Professor of Music and College Organist at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where she plays weekly for Chapel services and teaches organ and piano, music history, and courses in Christian worship practices and hymnody. She previously served on the faculties of Penn State University, Wayne State College, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Simpson College.

Hailed by American Record Guide as “a jewel of an organist,” Dr. Rigler maintains an active schedule as a solo recitalist, presenter, choral accompanist, chamber musician, and adjudicator, with recital and lecture presentation credits at venues throughout the United States, including performances at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the College Music Society, and the Southwest region of the American Choral Directors Association. She is featured on several recordings as organ soloist, choral accompanist, and chamber musician, including “Historic Organs of Pennsylvania,” “The Green Album” and, most recently, “The Trumpet Sounds” with the William Jewell College Concert Choir. In 2012 and 2015 she performed as both organ soloist and choral accompanist at sites throughout the United Kingdom, and she looks forward to her next tour of the UK in May 2018. Her current projects include a program of organ duets in collaboration with Dr. Melody Steed of Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS) for the second Musforum conference for women organists in June 2017. She currently freelances as a church musician, having served parishes of various denominations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rigler’s research interests in both historical and contemporary organ pedagogy have generated a variety of presentations ranging from lecture-recitals to a video-based program, “Conversations and Legacies: Exploring Late 20 th-century American Organ Pedagogy Through Oral History,” which currently features interviews with 22 American university-level organ teachers active in the period 1970-2005. The DVD of her 2010 national AGO convention presentation, “How We Got Here from There: Trends in Pedagogy, 1860-1960” was released in the fall of 2011. In recent years she has also enjoyed offering presentations on 19th-century American church music, organ teacher, and the theology of Henry Ward Beecher, as well as teaching classes on the organ for the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, in partnership with the University of Kansas.

A native Pennsylvanian, Dr. Rigler lived in Pittsburgh for several years before her family relocated to Rolla, Missouri. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa prior to earning the B.Mus. degree in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Dora Poteet Barclay award in organ as a student of Robert T. Anderson. She received the M.S. in Library and Information Science and the M.M. in Musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was a University Fellow and held teaching assistantships in organ and musicology while studying with Jerald Hamilton. As a Rahn Scholar at the University of Iowa, where she earned the D.M.A. in Organ Performance and Pedagogy, she studied with Delores Bruch Cannon and Delbert Disselhorst. Her dissertation research on organist John Zundel was supported by grants from the Organ Historical Society American Organ Archive and the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies. Faculty research awards from Wayne State College allowed her to pursue post-graduate harpsichord study with Larry Palmer at Southern Methodist University. More recently, her oral history research has been supported by a Special Projects Grant from the San Francisco chapter of the AGO. In addition to her performances and presentations, she has written articles and reviews for The American Organist, The Diapason, The Journal of Singing, and Music Library Association NOTES.

A strong advocate for young organists, Dr. Rigler served the American Guild of Organists on the national committee for the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists from 2005 to 2011. She has taught at eight Pipe Organ Encounters for high school students and served as Faculty Coordinator for the POE held in Kansas City in June 2009. She looks forward to welcoming organists of all ages to Kansas City in July 2018 for the national convention of the AGO, for which she serves on the New Music Committee and on the Steering Committee as the local coordinator for the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.

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