Richard Will specializes in classical, folk, and roots music of America and Europe. He is the author of The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and co-editor of Engaging Haydn: Culture, Context, and Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has also published essays on the symphony, the orchestra, opera, religious music, and folk music in a variety of journals and collections. Currently he is working on a new book, Don Giovanni Live: Performance, Media, and the Progress of a Modern Myth.
A native of California, Will received his bachelorÕs 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 18th-century music, American folk and roots music, and the history and interpretation of musical performance. In 2010-15 he served as music department chair.
Will is also a bluegrass fiddler and hosts a regular jam session for members of the university and Charlottesville communities.