Faculty Profile: Dr. Raymond Riley
Dr. Raymond Riley, professor of music at Alma College since 1988, has enjoyed a long and multi-faceted musical career. Appearing in numerous venues as a recitalist, lecturer, clinician and soloist throughout the Midwest, he believes his piano performance background has been invaluable in supporting his efforts to combine art and science and to foster creativity with technology.
A first-prize winner in the Society of American Musicians competition in 1982, he has been featured on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial and the Mostly Music concert series in Chicago. He has also performed in many collaborative engagements with Alma music faculty and the Alma Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Riley and his Spring Term students received considerable media attention when they traveled to the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo and attended over 20 concerts in nine days.
In addition to teaching piano and pursuing performance opportunities, Dr. Riley has conducted extensive research in the area of computer technology and new media that is reshaping the music industry today. He teaches several courses in Musical Instrumental Interface (MIDI) composition, digital recording techniques and multimedia development.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from DePaul University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where he studied with artist-in-residence Ralph Votapek.