Molly Rife

Music Faculty, Cello
Molly Rife, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, began playing the cello at age 11. Molly made her solo debut in 2007 when she performed as soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra after winning the Gold Medal for the Tucson Symphony Young Artists Competition. She has also performed as soloist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

Molly earned her Master of Music degree in cello performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Stephen Balderston and her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Arizona State University, under the tutelage of Thomas Landschoot.

Molly currently holds a position with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and is a member of 42nd Parallel, a conductorless chamber orchestra founded in Chicago, IL. Molly has played with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Molly has played with many ensembles, including the Clark St. Quartet and Fonema Consort, performing at venues such as Merle Reskin Theatre, Constellation, the DePaul University Art Museum, the ARC Gallery, the Greenhouse Theatre, the Redmoon Theatre, and House of Blues.

While Molly’s primary focus is classical music, she enjoys playing various genres. Molly has performed with local Chicago bands and artists, including the Grammy-nominated band Sidewalk Chalk, B Forrest, and Aryk Crowder. She has also appeared on recordings for the Shedd Aquarium Aquatic show One World: Make a Difference, Sam I Am Film’s movie Scrooge and Marley, and Team Starkid’s album and production Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.

Molly currently resides in Chicago, playing and performing with many different ensembles and teaching private and group cello lessons. She is honored to have joined the faculty at Southport Performing Arts Conservatory this year as the private cello teacher and also teaches group cello lessons at Music For Kids, a non-for-profit organization.