Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Morey Ritt (Professor)

Fields of Study:
Piano Performance

Degrees and Studies:
M.A. Queens College

Biographical Information:
Morey Ritt has been recognized for her artistry in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States, Europe, Canada, Argentina, Australia and Israel. She studied with Nadia Reisenberg and played in the chamber music classes of William Kroll and Artur Balsam. Honors earned at this time included the Concert Artists Town Hall Award, the Chopin (Kosciuszko) Prize and the first Spalding Prize to have been awarded at Tanglewood. After attending Queens College and graduating from the Mannes College of Music Ms. Ritt studied in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure under the Fulbright program and toured as a recipient of a Rockefeller grant. She was then appointed to the faculties of both Mannes and Queens College; at the latter she earned a Master of Arts degree in Musicology and has since devoted herself to teaching there. Prof. Ritt has also taught in Australia, where she served as Exchange Senior Lecturer in Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane while performing in chamber music and solo recitals and appearing as as soloist with the Queensland Symphony. teaching and playing have also taken her to the Spoleto, Evergreen, Weathersfield and Round Top festivals and to the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington. In May 2011 Ms. Ritt visited the China Conservatory in Beijing, China, where she taught advanced piano students and presented a duo recital with clarinetist (and Q.C. colleague) Charles Neidich.

Ms. Ritt's varied repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary works. First performances have included many compsitions by Queens College colleagues Allen Brings, Sol Berkowitz, Gabriel Fontrier, Joseph Goodman, Leo Kraft, Joel Mandelbaum, George Perle, Bruce Saylor, Hugo Weisgall and Thea Musgrave. She has recorded for the CRI, the Musical Heritage Society and the Society of Composers labels. For Connoisseur she joined violinist Ruth Waterman in recording the Bach Sonatas, subsequently performed at the Bach Festival in Stuttgart and re-recorded for the BBC.

Early in her teaching career she edited for Dover Publications a volume of nineteenth century piano duets that has enjoyed long-lived popularity. Morey Ritt is Professor of Music at Queens College.

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