Rita Borden
Featured on New Music Arizona Concert, June 13, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Rita Borden
Rita Borden joined the Northern Arizona University-School of Music faculty in 1995. She teaches piano, accompanying and chamber music as well as coordinates the accompanying program and piano area of the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy. Ms. Borden is an active performer on campus with the NAU Faculty Chamber Music series and on many faculty and guest artist recitals.

Ms. Borden has a rich background as a collaborative pianist and has performed throughout the country with many artists, including Deborah Voigt, Douglas Masek, Richard Todd, Bil Jackson, James Self, Michele Zukofsky and the Pacifica and Colorado Quartets. She has performed on the Chamber Music Sedona Series and with the San Diego Symphony and Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts.

Her accompanying experience includes a ten-year post at California State University-Fullerton as well as many seminars and auditions, including the Piatigorsky Seminar, Metropolitan Auditions, Richard Miller Seminar, National Cello Institute, National Association of Teachers of Singing and NAU Suzuki workshop. Ms. Borden has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California-Idyllwild School of the Arts and the NAU Summer Music Camp.

Ms. Borden earned the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and the Master of Music in Accompanying from the University of Southern California. Her teachers include Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, Malcolm Hamilton, Walter Schenkman, Daniel Graham and Nina Scolnik.