Rita Z. Asch received her degree from Oberlin College and has been active in various capacities on the Princeton music scene for many years. A long-time composer-in-residence at Creative Theatre, a children’s drama school at The Arts Council of Princeton, she wrote numerous scripts, musical scores and lyrics for both student and adult acting company productions.
Over the years both the New Jersey Youth Symphony and Westminster Conservatory Community Orchestra commissioned Asch to create musical pieces with narration. She wrote Celebration in Three, a piece for string orchestra which was performed at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 2004 to commemorate the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Other compositions include the Suite for Baroque Violin and Harpsichord, The Little Prince, a piece for narrator, oboe and piano, The Myth of Canens and Picus for flute, narrator and piano, and Au Jardin de Proust for narrator, cello, and piano.
Since joining the arts organization MOVIS, she has appeared in group shows with sound pieces created for events at The Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, the Anne Reid Gallery at Princeton Day School, the Gallery at Mercer County Community College, The Arts Council of Princeton, The Pingry School, The Bernstein Gallery at The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Princeton University, The Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ., The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ., The NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ and The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ. Most recently, she has appeared with MOVIS in an exhibit in Cluis, France and at Artworks, Trenton ,NJ., The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ, and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington, NJ.
Rita Asch lives in Princeton, NJ with her life partner Frank M. Magalhaes, photographer and sound engineer.