Formerly Principal Percussionist/Assistant Principal Timpanist with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Marilyn Rife now resides in Baltimore, MD. Before moving to Baltimore, Marilyn performed with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Symphonic Choir. She was also Orchestra Manager with the Oregon Symphony.
Before moving to Portland, she had performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an extra musician in subscription concerts, tours, and recordings. She was also an instructor of percussion at Trinity University and St. Mary's University, both in San Antonio, Texas. She has served in an advisory capacity on orchestra panels for The National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 and 1996.
Marilyn is currently the Director of Orchestra Personnel for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
"... snappy, impeccable percussionist who really ought to be declared a national landmark."
-- Mike Greenberg, San Antonio Express-News
About Marilyn ...
A native of Chicago, Marilyn spent many summers at the National Music Camp
and her last two years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, both in Interlochen, Michigan. She is an Oberlin College graduate.
Performances and Recordings
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In November of 1992, Marilyn was featured as soloist with the Winters Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of "Primitive Echoes" Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra by Alice Gomez. The work, written for Marilyn, was subsequently performed with The San Antonio Symphony.
"...the infectious rhythms bypassed thought to resonate on a primal level, unlocking the sort of mystic reaction that surfaces every time I hear Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring.'"
-- Diane Windeler, San Antonio Light on Primitive Echoes, Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra
Marilyn has participated in a number of symphonic recordings, including:
- with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an extra percussionist:
- Shostakovich - "Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad)", Leonard Bernstein conducting (1989) (Deutsche Grammaphon),
- Gershwin, James Levine conducting (1993) (Deutsche Grammaphon),
- Cage, Carter, Babbitt and Schuller, James Levine conducting (1994) (Deutsche Grammaphon),
- Varese, Pierre Boulez conducting (2001) (Deutsche Grammaphon)
- with the San Antonio Symphony with Michael Martin Murphey
("Sagebrush Symphony" - Warner Bros. 1995)
Marilyn Rife has several popular recordings commercially available:
Marilyn has several published percussion works through Southern Music Company.
© 1996-2006 Marilyn Rife. Original photos by San Antonio Express-News, Warren Johnson, Marilyn Rife, and Sherron Huffman.
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