Director, Sorella & Sorella Advanced, Vocal Instructor
Rita Lilly is familiar to audiences in oratorio, recital, and opera, but most notably for her performances of baroque and early music. She has been lauded by The New York Times for "possessing a voice of strength, clarity, and virtuosity" and by the S.F. Classical Voice for "having a pure, silvery voice with plenty of color." Ms. Lilly is a native New Yorker who has appeared as a featured soloist with the American Boychoir, American Classical Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Artek, Bachworks, Bach Aria Group, Clarion Music Society, Concert Royal, Rebel, Trinity Church Concerts Series, and the New York Consort of Viols, among others. As the soprano soloist of the Waverly Consort, she toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including performances at N.Y.'s Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters. Ms. Lilly has been featured on live broadcasts on New York’s WNYC, WNCN, National Public Radio, and Radio-Canada.
Since coming to the Bay Area, Ms. Lilly has been a soloist with the Albany Consort, American Bach Soloists, AVE, Bay Choral Guild, Berkeley Community Chorus, Berkeley Early Music Festival, California Bach Society, Chora Nova, Contra Costa Chorale, Les Graces, Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, Musicsources, New Music Works in Santa Cruz, S.F. Concert Chorale, S.F. Renaissance Voices, and Sacramento Baroque. Upcoming concerts include performances with S.F. Cappella and her debut with the S.F. Bach Choir. Ms. Lilly's recordings include three with the Waverly Consort on EMI; Handel and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the American Boychoir on Musical Heritage; Scarlatti’s St. Cecilia Mass on Newport Classic; Sowerby’s Medieval Poem on Naxos; a German Baroque Christmas with American Classical Orchestra on Musicmasters; and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the S.F. Concert Chorale. Ms. Lilly served for five years as Music Director of St. Jerome Catholic Church in El Cerrito and is now in her second year as Music Director of the Lafayette Christian Church. She is on the faculty of the SFEMS Baroque Summer Workshop as voice instructor and maintains an active vocal studio in her home in the Bay Area.