Young Artist Seminar

AGES 18-24

During four weeks of intense study, students receive an education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth, and value. While participating in two weekly private lessons and two full orchestra concerts, students delve deeply into advanced chamber music and perform for their peers and the public at our historic concert hall and in the community. They may choose, in addition, to participate in a concerto competition, explore traditional music from around the world, and attend panel discussions about the music industry led by experienced professionals. Young Artist composers are given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and recorded by faculty musicians.


Fees, Faculty and Schedules






Piano usage fee for piano majors $150
Secondary instrument fee $285
Bedding (optional) $50

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment.

Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
David Shea Clarinet
Lei Weng Piano
Keith Fitch Composer-In-Residence
Nicholas Carthy Orchestra Conductor
Gary Lewis Orchestra Conductor
Financial Aid
Merit Scholarship

All students who submit a complete application will be considered for merit scholarship.

Need-based Financial Aid

Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment (counselors and work-study) to students accepted into the Young Artist Seminar. To apply for need-based financial aid, complete the Financial Aid form on page 5 of the Young Artist Seminar application, upload an audition recording, and submit the appropriate tax documentation.

Students listed as dependents must submit their parent(s)/guardian’s most recent income tax return. Financial aid applications will not be considered without this information and priority is given to complete applications (including attachment and audition) submitted by February 15.


Counselors are Young Artist Seminar (YAS) students who supervise, reside with, and mentor up to eight students under age 18 during the programs preceding or following the Young Artist Seminar. Counselors are not on duty during the four weeks of the Young Artist Seminar, June 20 to July 16. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2017. Applicants must be age 20 or older on the first day of their counselor duty.

Counselor Positions

Co-head Counselor: $3,500 (May 31 to June 19 AND July 17 to August 7)
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor: $1,550 (June 2 to June 19)
Junior Music Program+Jazz Program Counselor: $2,300 (July 17 to August 7)


Work-study recipients are Young Artist students who are given additional job responsibilities that may include janitorial, kitchen crew, stage set-up, or grounds upkeep. Work-study positions are paid hourly; students can expect to work approximately 2 hours per day during the Young Artist Seminar. Applicants must be age 18 or older on the first day of their work-study duty.

Work-study Positions

Kitchen Work-study: $12/hour, up to $850 gross earning (June 19 to July 16)
Other Work-study: $11/hour, up to $650 gross earning (June 19 to July 16)

Important Note

Shortly after notification of financial aid award, counselors and work-study students will receive a detailed agreement specifying arrival and departure times for their choice of work schedule. We highly recommend you do not make travel arrangements without consulting the financial aid award agreement. All amounts listed represent total gross income before any applicable taxes.

Guidelines for Financial Independence Based on IRS Information
  1. Student is not listed as a dependent by parent(s)/guardian on their federal income tax return.
  2. Student attends school less than full-time or non-student is 19 or older by December 31, 2016.
  3. Student receives less than half of total support per year from parent(s)/guardian. This includes tuition, clothing, medical care, insurance, etc. If you meet all of the guidelines for financial independence based on the guidelines above, please submit a copy of your most recent federal income tax return.

If you do not meet all of the guidelines for financial independence based on the guidelines above, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s most recent federal income tax return with your application.


Typical Daily Schedule

7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Masterclass/Guest Artist

9:30am: Chamber A

10:30am: Chamber B

12:00pm: Lunch

2:30pm: Chamber C

3:45pm: Orchestra

6:00pm: Dinner

8:00pm: Performance Class