Dr. Jeffery L. Briggs (born March 10, 1957) holds a Doctorate in Musical Composition and Theory from the University of Illinois, Master in Music from Memphis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Briggs' composition teachers included Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, Donald Freund, and John Melby.

Jeff was awarded the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky and Louis Lane Prizes for Music Composition at the Eastman School of Music, the Haimsohm Prize for Musical Composition at the University of Memphis, an ASCAP Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Briggs has had a dual career writing music for acoustic instruments and computer games with more than 50 published titles including the original theme music for the game Civilization