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Visiting Honorary Professor


Professor Robin A. Leaver

Visiting Honorary Professor



Robin A. Leaver was Professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University (1984-2008), and continued as a Visiting Professor at Yale University and at the Juilliard School, New York City. On 1 July 2008 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Queen’s.

Prof. Leaver holds Theol.Dip., Trinity College, Bristol, England; D.theol. cum laude Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. Studied with A. Casper Honders. Recipient, Winston Churchill Fellowship (1971); honorary member of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (1973); first recipient of the Dominick A. Iorio Faculty Research Prize, Rider University (1997); Honorary Fellow of the Academy of St Celilia, London (2001); Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2008).

He was President of the American Bach Society (2000-2004); President of the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie (1985-89); Member of Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Kessler Reformation Collection, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University (1995-).

He is author of many articles and more than 25 books, including Bachs theologische Bibliothek (1983), J.S. Bach and Scripture (1985), The Theological Character of Music in Worship (1989), "Goostly psalmes and spirituall songes": English and Dutch Metrical Psalters from Coverdale to Utenhove 1535-1566 (1991), Liturgy and Music: Lifetime Learning (with Joyce Ann Zimmerman) (1998), Luther’s Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications (2007); contributor to many reference and other books. Currently he is editing the Ashgate Research Companion to Johann Sebastian Bach.