Teaching Area : Voice, Piano, French Horn
Rita has been a musician all of her life. At three years old, she was turning pages while her mother played the organ in a small Catholic church in rural Wisconsin. She sang in the church choir, took piano lessons and played (French) horn through college. Rita took as many music classes as she could while studying for her Communication Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after graduation, she returned to Music Ministry. Not long after arriving in Chicago, she began working with Robert
Tenges, currently the Executive Director of Sherwood Music School; she studied with Robert for ten years. Rita also studied with David Bloom and Spider Saloff at the Bloom School of Jazz.
Since 2008, Rita has sung professionally with big bands, small combos, trios and duos, as well as continuing in music ministry. She has worked with many respected members of the Chicago jazz community and has sung at many notable local venues. She also spent fifteen years in Music Ministry at St. Teresa of Avila parish in Lincoln Park. Currently, she performs with the Reunion Jazz Orchestra and the Sound of the Big Band Orchestra, and works in small combos and trios at various venues in the Chicago suburbs. She also performs on occasion with the Bodhi Band at the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago.
Rita has also improved her stage presence by studying with personal presence coach Rachael Jayne Groover, former professional singer and author of the book, "Powerful and Feminine; How to Increase Your Magnetic Presence & Attract the Attention You Want."
Rita’s goal in teaching piano and voice is to focus on the fundamentals, but to do it in such a way that students can’t wait to continue playing or singing outside of the lesson. She enjoys seeing her students grow in their music abilities and expression and is excited to be a part of the Tritone Music School.