Ann Marie Rigler, D.M.A.

Professor of Music; College Organist Core Curriculum, Music, Music Education

At Jewell, Dr. Rigler teaches music history, hymnody, class piano and applied organ, and plays for weekly chapel services. Prior to her appointment to the Jewell faculty, she was Instructor in Music at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University, where she taught applied organ as well as music appreciation, and also served as Reference Librarian for five different academic units within the University Libraries system. She has also served on the faculties of Wayne State College (Nebraska), the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Simpson College.

Dr. Rigler maintains an active schedule as a solo recitalist, clinician, adjudicator and chamber musician. She is currently working on a recording project featuring the new Létourneau organ in the multi-faith Pasquerilla Spiritual Center at Penn State and preparing a major lecture on trends in American organ pedagogy to be delivered at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C., in July 2010. She has served the American Guild of Organists on the national committee for the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists since 2005 and was Faculty Coordinator for the Greater Kansas City chapter’s Pipe Organ Encounter for high school students in June 2009. In addition to solo recitals for the Organ Historical Society, Dr. Rigler has performed with baritone Robert Barefield at national meetings of the College Music Society and the American Guild of Organists, and with trumpeter David Bohnert at the 2001 Region VI convention of the AGO. Having won third place in the AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in 1992, she has since adjudicated both regional and national tape rounds of NYACOP. As a church organist, she has served parishes of various denominations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. A faculty member for the Kansas City, South Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Des Moines and Madison (Wis.) Pipe Organ Encounters, Dr. Rigler co-authored the script for the videotape, The Organ and You: A Young Person’s Guide to the King of Instruments. She has also written articles and reviews for The American Organist, The Diapason, The Journal of Singing, and Music Library Association NOTES.


  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa