Robin A. Leaver is emeritus professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and honorary professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has also taught liturgical studies at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, a Bach course at the Juilliard School, New York City, and more recently courses on Bach, music history, and hymnology at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
He graduated from Trinity College, Bristol, England, and holds a doctorate from the Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr. Leaver is a past president of both the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie and the American Bach Society.
He is the author of numerous books, articles entries in reference works in the cross-disciplinary areas of liturgy, church music, theology, and hymnology, published on four continents, with significant contributions to Luther, Schütz and Bach studies. Recent Bach publications include: Exploring Bach’s B – Minor Mass (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which he co-edited with Yo Tomita and Jan Smaczny; articles in the Bach-Jahrbuch (2013); a chapter in Bach and the Organ: Bach Perspectives 10 (University of Illinois Press, 2016); and The Routledge Research Companion to Johann Sebastian Bach (Routledge, 2017), of which he is editor and primary author.