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David Rife

Violin II

David Rife received his bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.  David moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he has held the positions of Associate Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, Principal Second Violin, and Assistant Principal Second Violin.  He was on the faculty of Quest for Education and Arts for 6 years where he was the director of the Advanced Orchestra.  Since 2011 he has been on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center Junior Artist Immersion Program in Estes Park, Colorado.  David is a dedicated violin teacher, and first violinist of the Southwest String Quartet.  For many years was the first violinist of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet.   In 2005 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Private String Teacher Award in Arizona by the American String Teachers Association.  His students have won local competitions, soloed with local orchestras and many have attended music schools and conservatories throughout the country.  David was inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum in 2012.