Thomas Riis

Thomas L. Riis, the Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center at the College of Music, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he served as the Albert Seay Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colorado College. Dr. Riis is a specialist in Musical Theatre and writes and lectures frequently on many topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American music. His book Just Before Jazz, devoted to African-American Broadway shows, received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 1995. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he taught in Lueneburg, Germany, 2005-2006. His other interests include medieval song, historical performance practice, and the music of Frank Loesser. Dr. Riis remains active as a conductor, choral singer, viola player, and cellist.