ABOUT ROCKY RIDGE MUSIC CENTER
Music. Nature. Community.
Founded in 1942, Rocky Ridge Music Center is dedicated to providing transformative music education at both our historic summer campus in Estes Park, CO and our newly established year-round Music Academy in Boulder and Denver, CO. The Center’s programs give students of all ages and levels a variety of opportunities to work with exceptional artists, teachers, and colleagues from around the world. Rocky Ridge encourages participants to engage in lifelong music-making and to build creative communities where they live and work.
World Class Faculty
The quality of our programs comes from expert muscians who are passionate about their craft. Their passion shows in the way they teach and expand the ever-growing Rocky Ridge community. Meet Our Faculty »
A World Class Setting
Our summer campus in Estes Park, CO provides an idyllic setting for learning and enjoying the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get Directions »
One of the Oldest Summer Music Programs in the Country
Rocky Ridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus resides on a rustic 20th century American homestead, consisting of the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn Lodge (now converted to a piano studio with two antique Steinway grand pianos) and over 40 structures that function as practice rooms, a composition lab, teaching studios, sleeping cabins, and a dining hall built in 1911, which now doubles as a performance hall.
Rocky Ridge Music Center was founded in 1942 by pianist Beth Miller Harrod, a visionary Nebraskan who studied at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France. Her vision was to establish a summer program where her piano students could immerse themselves in music free from the distractions of everyday life and, in her words, “in the European tradition of coming to the house of the master teacher.” The original spirit of creating a serene place to commune with music and nature, and the close mentorship model of master teacher to student, remain palpably strong today, yet Rocky Ridge programs and community have evolved over the years to be more inclusive and responsive to our time.