Rita attended the NSW Conservatorium of Music High School then enrolled in tertiary study, graduating with a DSCM in performance. Her cello teachers were Colleen McMeekin, Nathan Waks and David Pereira. She then undertook further studies in the UK with Joan Dickson and Christopher Bunting.
As well as working as a freelance musician, she has taught cello and conducted string ensembles in schools, and at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. She has also worked as AMEB string examiner for a number of years.
Rita regularly plays in classical chamber music and orchestral concerts, and also collaborates with musicians in other genres such as folk, celtic and cabaret music.