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Rita Southworth Moerschel, piano, has been active in the Boston music world, first as a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music and then as a performer and teacher. Specializing in collaborative piano, she has given recitals in the Boston area with members of the Boston Symphony and also with Boston freelance musicians in such places as the Fogg Museum, Wellesley College, Boston University, Curry College, The All Newton Music School, the Brookline and Newton Public Libraries, New England Conservatory, and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. In addition to the standard chamber music repertoire, she includes works of many women composers on her programs.
On the faculty of The All Newton Music School, Rita also maintains a private piano studio. She is Music Chair of the Crescendo Club of Boston as well as being a professor in the Fine and Applied Arts Department at Curry College in Milton.
A native of Minnesota, Rita graduated with a piano major from the University of Minnesota after which she studied in New York with Nadia Reisenberg. Her teachers in the Boston area include Kyriena Siloti, Victor Rosenbaum and Andrew Wolf. She received a Master of Education with distinction from Curry College. Rita can be heard on the CD Cathy Sings with mezzo-soprano, Cathy Beatty.