Northern Arizona University
Rita Borden joined the Northern Arizona University School of Performing Arts faculty in 1995 where she teaches piano, accompanying, and chamber music. Ms. Borden is a pianists and coordinator with the NAU Faculty Chamber Players, and is an active collaborator on faculty recitals and with guest artists on the NAU Performing Arts Series. She has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist, including performances with the San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Chamber Music Sedona, Colorado String Quartet, San Diego Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts.
Ms. Borden coordinates the piano accompanying/chamber music emphasis at NAU and supervises the piano scholarship accompanying students. She has over twenty years of experience in all areas of the accompanying field including a staff accompanist position at California State University-Fullerton (1980-1989) and has accompanied many workshops and auditions such as the USC Piatigorsky Seminar, National Cello Institute, Metropolitan Auditions, and Richard Miller Seminar. She has been on the faculty of the Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU, Idyllwild Arts, USC-ICSOMATA, and serves as piano coordinator for the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy.