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 Performing Arts faculty in 1995 where she teaches piano, accompanying and chamber music.

Ms. Borden is a pianist 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:

  • San Diego Symphony
  • Pacific Symphony
  • Chamber Music Sedona
  • Colorado String Quartet
  • San Diego Master Chorale
  • Pacific Chorale
  • Flagstaff Symphony
  • 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 NAU Music Camp, Idyllwild Arts and USC-ISOMATA.