Rita Borden


Principal Lecturer of Piano/Accompanying
Building 37A, Room 168

MM Accompanying, University of Southern California
BM Education, University of Northern Colorado


Rita Borden joined the Northern Arizona University School of Music faculty in 1995 where she teaches piano, accompanying, ensemble, chamber music, piano pedagogy and sight reading. She is an active performer on campus with faculty and guest artists and for several years was the coordinator of the Faculty Chamber Music Series. She is also coordinator of the piano accompanying program and the piano area of the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy.

Ms. Borden has distinguished herself as a versatile collaborative pianist performing orchestral, vocal, solo and chamber music concerts throughout the country. She has performed numerous chamber music and solo concerts for Chamber Music Sedona including performances with Colorado and Pacifica String Quartets. Ms. Borden has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony and the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestras and is principal keyboardist with Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 1995.

Ms. Borden has over thirty years of experience in all areas of the accompanying field including a ten year post as staff accompanist at California State University-Fullerton and as accompanist for San Diego Master Chorale and many seminars and auditions including the Piatigorsky Cello Seminar, National Cello Institute, Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and Richard Miller Voice Seminar. She has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California-Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, California State University-Summer Arts Festival and the NAU Curry 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. Ms. Borden has studied with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith, Malcolm Hamilton, Nina Scolnik, Walter Schenkman and Daniel Graham.