Saturday, January 3, 2015

Singer Spotlight: Rita Litchfield-Good

Happy New Year!

For our next singer spotlight, meet our alto section leader, Rita. On the Sunday before Christmas, she performed a beautiful rendition of Handel's classic aria, "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion". Then on Christmas Eve, she sang a solo with CCA's new youth choir -- which includes her daughter, Elizabeth -- while her other daughter, Natalie, played violin in the Christmas pageant and her husband, Jay, played the cello for our Messiah selections. We are fortunate indeed to have the Good family!

Rita Litchfield-Good  joined Christ Church in 2010. She is a champion of new American art song, and was an active recitalist and soloist in the New York-Metro area before relocating to Phoenix in 2006.  Locally, she has appeared as a concert soloist with Arizona Musicfest, Arizona Bach Festival, and the American Bach concert series.  This past year she left the two-time Grammy winning Phoenix Chorale alto section after a successful 8-year run to have more time with her family and to become a certified yoga instructor. 

Rita has been a featured soloist with Portland Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, One World Symphony, and other orchestras, performing works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Janacek, and Verdi. 

While in New York she made her Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall debuts, covered for New York City Opera and appeared on the stages of east coast regional opera companies. Before she focused on a classical singing career Rita toured with a poetry performance group,  and performed in regional and local musical theater in California, Virginia, New York, and Vermont.  

When she’s not performing on stage or in church she does four shows a day teaching sixth grade Intro to Fine Arts (visual art and music) at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale! She also teaches private voice lessons from her home studio, enjoys chocolate, gardening, sewing, yoga, and running with her dogs Lola, Lensio, and O'Reilly. She resides in Phoenix with her amazing husband, Jay, and their two extraordinary daughters, Elizabeth and Natalie.

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