Diana RiggsDirector of Music

Diana Riggs began her piano studies at the age of 5 in her hometown of Hubbard, Iowa. By the time she was 9 she was playing for Sunday School. At the age of 13, when she was tall enough to reach the pedals, she began her organ studies at the Conservatory in Iowas Falls. A year later she began playing the organ for Sunday services at her church in Hubbard. After high school graduation she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, graduating with an Associate Arts degree in Music.

Following her graduation from Stephens, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and spent the next 2 years as the piano soloist with the 14th Army (WAC) Band, as well as playing the glockenspiel in the marching band, piano in the dance band and accompanying the chorus, touring the Southern and Eastern United States. She was also organist at the WAC Chapel and substituted regularly at the main Post Chapel at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

Returning to Columbia, Missouri after her discharge from the Army, she enrolled in the music school at the University of Missouri, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. During this time she was organist at the Chapel (United Church of Christ) in Columbia, Missouri. She accompanied many vocal and instrumental soloists as well as the University Singers and performed in many recitals.

After graduation, Diana moved to Boston and continued her studies at Boston University, School of Fine and Applied Art, majoring in organ and liturgical studies.

Since that time she has been organist in churches in Boston, Ohio, West Virginia, California, and Arkansas, as well as playing at the English speaking Chapel in Istanbul, Turkey. She taught music at Aleppo College, Syria, and at Wheeling Country Day School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Diana has been a member of the American Guild of Organists since 1953. At age 70 she bought a 5-octave Dusty Strings harp which she enjoys playing.

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