Rita Attrot has been teaching piano students of all ages and levels for thirty years. She received her early training at the Victoria Conservatory, where she took her diploma in Teacher Training with Winifred Scott Wood. Ms. Attrot went on to complete her Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria with Bruce Vogt and followed up with a Master of Music degree in performance from the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Dr. Damjana Bratuz and Ronald Turini. As a graduate student and post-graduation, Rita specialized in Accompanying and Chamber Music.
Ms. Attrot held the position of Staff Accompanist at Acadia University in Nova Scotia for 9 years, worked as a free-lance accompanist for instrumentalists and singers in Toronto, and served as a coach and repetiteur at the University of Toronto Opera School. She has collaborated with: violinist Mishan Han- releasing a CD from a live performance at the Glenn Gould Studio, pianist Lynn Johnson- performing piano duo and two-piano recitals in the Maritime provinces, the Appassionata Trio and the Erato Ensemble- serving as principal pianist in concerts throughout Vancouver, Victoria and the Lower Mainland. Above all, Rita is passionate about working with vocalists and can be heard in recital performing innovative programs of great song literature with frequent collaborator, soprano- Catherine Laub.
Ms. Attrot is Head of the Piano Department at the B.C. Conservatory of Music in Burnaby, where she has many private students and teaches the Piano Pedagogy course. As a church musician, Ms. Attrot has held many posts as organist and choir director: she is presently the Music Director at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Vancouver.
In her free time, Rita enjoys walking in Stanley Park, roller-blading, snowshoeing, and watercolour painting.