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 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 for a chance to perform with the Young Artist Festival Orchestra on June 30, compete in the inaugural Chamber Music Competition for cash awards of up to $5,000, apply for the Young Artist Piano Trio fellowship, attend panel discussions about the music industry, and take part in mock auditions and receive feedback from seasoned orchestral musicians. Young Artist composers are given the opportunity to have their pieces workshopped, performed and recorded by faculty and student musicians. In addition to private lessons, Young Artist voice majors will have a rare opportunity to study with Cherity Koepke, Director of Opera Colorado Apprentice Program, and coach with maestro Nicholas Carthy.


Fees, Faculty and Schedules


Tuition – $2,750
Lodging & Meals – $1,275




Piano usage fee for piano majors $150
Secondary instrument lessons fee $300
Bedding (optional) $60

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.

Registration for 2019 will open soon.  Please check back!

Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
David Shea Clarinet
Andrew Campbell Collaborative Piano
Regina Shea Collaborative Piano
Cherity Koepke Drama Coach in partnership with Opera Colorado
Nicholas Carthy Orchestra Conductor
Benjamin de Kock Double Bass
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 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 18 to July 14. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2019. Applicants must be age 20 or older on the first day of their counselor duty.

Counselor Positions

Co-head Counselor: $3,600 (May 29 to June 18 AND July 15 to August 5), 2 positions awarded
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor: $1,550 (May 31 to June 18), 6 positions awarded
Junior Music Program: $1,550 (July 15 to July 29), 6 positions awarded
Jazz Program Counselor: $775 (July 29 to August 5), 3 positions awarded


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 17 to July 14)
Other Work-study: $11/hour, up to $650 gross earning (June 17 to July 14)

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, 2018.
  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 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 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

Audition Requirements

Young Artist Program applicants must submit a recorded audition to complete their application for admission and be considered for merit scholarship or other financial aid.

Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces or movements that best represent the applicant’s level and accomplishment.  Video or audio uploads are accepted.  Supported file types are avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.  There is also the option to copy YouTube links into the application instead of uploading files.  Composition majors should submit two sample compositions in pdf and e-audio, if available.  Young Artist Piano Trio fellowship applicants should include solo and chamber performance samples, and a list of chamber repertoire studied and performed.

All recordings and composition scores must be uploaded as part of the online application.

Concerto Competition Guidelines

Young Artist Seminar Concerto Competition Guidelines

The 2019 Concerto Competition is open to all instrumentalists and singers enrolled in the Young Artist Seminar (June 18 to July 14, 2018).

The competition will occur in the following stages and timeline:

  1. Click “yes” within the Young Artist Seminar (YAS) online application to the question, “Are you interested in competing in the Concerto Competition?” Complete the application by February 15, 2019 for priority scholarship consideration.


  1. Pre-approval Round: please indicate your concerto choice on the online application. Orchestration must be for classical orchestra or subset (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and timpani, strings). You will be notified by April 1 whether your concerto repertoire is approved for the Preliminary Round.


  1. Preliminary Round: a link will be sent to the contestants to upload an audio or video file (no longer than 15 minutes) of a concerto movement or equivalent. To be considered for the final round, the upload must be completed by May 1. Selected finalists will be notified by May 15.


  1. Final Round (open to the public): finalists will perform the same concerto/aria/work that was submitted for the Preliminary Round of no longer than 15 minutes at Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall on Saturday, June 22 with Rocky Ridge staff accompanist. Memorization is required. All piano scores (please no photo copies) must be submitted to the RRMC office by 5 pm on the first day of the Young Artist Seminar on June 18.


  1. The winner will perform with the Young Artist Festival Orchestra on Friday, June 28 at the Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall in Estes Park, CO.
Young Artist Piano Trio Application Guidelines

Young Artist Piano Trio Application Guidelines 

Now in its second year, Rocky Ridge Young Artist Piano Trio, made possible by the Eric John Bundy Memorial Fund, is a fellowship program of the Young Artist Seminar (YAS) from June 18 to July 14 at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Exceptional violinists, cellists, and pianists between the ages 18 to 24 at the start of YAS are eligible to apply. Trio fellows receive full tuition support, housing, and meals. Upon completing the Young Artist Seminar, the Trio will function as ambassadors for one year at venues recommended by Rocky Ridge with the goal of advancing music education and increasing appreciation of chamber music in communities around the nation. Portion of the proceeds from a summer benefit concert featuring the Trio will be directed towards travel support for their ambassadorial work.

Online Application Guidelines

-Check the box “Yes, I want to be considered for the Young Artist Piano Trio Fellowship”

-Submit a chamber music repertoire list in the application

-Upload one chamber music performance sample (in addition to the two contrasting solo pieces) in the “Audition Upload” section of the application

-For more information, please visit

Only completed applications (i.e. paid the $85 application fee) will be considered for this fellowship.

Questions? Contact SoYoung Lee, Executive Director, / 970-586-4031


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.

Registration for 2019 will open soon.  Please check back!