Eastern Mennonite University

Paige Riggs

Paige Riggs, principal cellist, returns to the Bach Festival for a tenth season from her home in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her major teachers include Paul Katz, Timothy Eddy, and Janos Starker.

Her college teaching appointments include the University of Virginia, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and Slippery Rock University. She performed and taught for many years at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N. C., and has been a guest artist at numerous festivals and concert series including the Music on the Edge Series in Pittsburgh, the Foothills Music Festival, the Garth Newel Music Center, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Staunton Music Festival, and the Embassy Concert Series in Washington, D. C.

While a student she received fellowships from the Spoleto Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center, which awarded her the C. D. Jackson Memorial Prize. Dr. Riggs has lived with her husband and two daughters in Pittsburgh since 2002, and is principal cellist of the McKeesport Symphony and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.