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Molly Rife

Faculty: Cello


DePaul University, MM, Cello Performance
Arizona State University, BM, Cello Performance
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Molly Rife is an active performer and teacher in Chicago, IL. Molly loves working with aspiring cellists of all ages and has been teaching private and group classes at Merit since 2016. Molly holds a position with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, among others. Molly is enthusiastic about various genres of music and has performed with Kygo, Noname, and local Chicago artists, like Sidewalk Chalk, Sir the Baptist, and Urban Twang.


My favorite cellist is Jacqueline Du Pre

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“Music is a very powerful part of people’s lives. It is healing and nurturing, it stimulates the body and brain, and it is pure fun. Playing an instrument is a great way for people of all ages to connect with their bodies and engage in a physical, mental, and emotional way. Music helps people show their personality, creativity, and self expression.