Ri-Shea Schlitter started learning violin at the age of 5 and viola at the age 12. She studied with such well-known instructors as Jenny Rudin and Gennady Kleymann. She also studied chamber music with Adolph Baller and Andor Toth at Stanford University, and William Whitson as a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
She is a member of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, SC. She has appeared in concert with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Clay Aiken and Josh Groban.
Before moving to North Carolina in 2004, Ri-Shea taught and performed extensively in the San Francisco bay area. She held principal or assistant principal positions in the Redwood Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Stanford Symphony and the Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra. She has been the leader and manager of Opus One Strings for over 25 years, and also appeared with the Amati String Quartet and Sapphire String Quartet. She performed around the SF Bay Area and at Palm Dessert as part of the Triana Chamber Ensemble. In the early 1990's, she was on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California.