Served as principal percussionist/assistant principal timpanist with The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, and also simultaneously served as an extra percussionist with The Chicago Symphony for over 20 years. Ms. Rife has been a featured soloist with The Winters Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of "Primitive Echoes," Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, by Alice Gomez. Ms. Rife records with composer/instrumentalist Alice Gomez, and flutist Madalyn Blanchett. Their top selling recording, Flute Dreams, and their last recording, Obsidian Butterfly, were released on Silver Wave Records. Many of their tracks can be heard on the soundtrack for the IMAX movie, “Bears.” Ms. Rife and Alice Gomez also have several educational percussion works published by Southern Music Company, including the popular marimba works, Rain Dance and Mbira Song. Ms. Rife was Instructor of Percussion at Trinity University and St. Mary's University, both in San Antonio, TX. She is a graduate of Oberlin College.