Formerly Principal Percussionist/Assistant Principal Timpanist with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Marilyn Rife moved to Portland, Oregon in December of 2002. 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.
In addition to her duties as Orchestra Manager for the Oregon Symphony, Marilyn has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Symphonic Choir.
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)
With composer Alice Gomez, Marilyn Rife is a co-founder of the Latin folk group, Marimba Quest. Based in San Antonio, the group consists of Alice Gomez, Marilyn Rife, Michael and Linda Richter, and Madalyn Blanchett, performing on marimba, acoustic guitar, bass, and flute. The members of the group perform in different combinations, depending on the type of performance.