Richard Will

Richard Will

Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Randall 122
Office Hours: Tuesdays - 3:30-5:00


Richard Will received his bachelor’s degree from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctorate from Cornell. He began teaching at UVA in 2001, where his courses focus on opera, 18th-century music, and bluegrass performance. He is currently Chair of the Drama Department (2018-24) 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. His new book, Don Giovanni Captured: Performance, Media, Myth (University of Chicago Press), will appear in 2022. 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 fiddler and singer, Will performs frequently around Charlottesville and central Virginia.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176