ROCKY RIDGE FACULTY & STAFF

A world-class community of musicians dedicated to music education

STAFF

SoYoung Lee, Executive Director

Megan Quilliam, Assistant Director

Madison Casey, Accountant

John Dilts, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Bob Nesbit, Property Manager

 

 


FACULTY, SUMMER PROGRAMS

Conducting

Adam Flatt

YAS Faculty - Conductor in Odd Years (2021, 2023)

Orchestra Conductor
M.M., Indiana University; B.M., University of California at Berkeley

Adam Flatt, conductor, enjoys a busy and versatile musical presence in three different regions of the United States.  He serves as Music Director of the Colorado Ballet, the Newport Symphony … Continued

Nicholas Carthy

YAS Faculty - Conductor in Even Years (2020, 2022)

Orchestra Conductor

Nicholas Carthy studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Mary Peppin and John York, and in 1981 won an Austrian government scholarship to study at the Mozarteum … Continued

Brass

Daniel Watt

JAS Faculty, JMP Faculty

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
M.M., Northwestern University; B.M., University of Denver

Daniel Watt, a native of Colorado, is an active freelance musician across the Front Range. Mr. Watt serves as principal trombonist with the Fort Collins Symphony, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, … Continued

Donald Williams

JAS & JMP Faculty

Trumpet
M.M., CU Boulder; B.M., University of Norther Colorado

A long-time resident of Colorado, Williams is a founding member of the Apollo Chamber Brass, a non-profit group dedicated to educational outreach and the continuing advancement of chamber music, and … Continued

Composition

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

Explorations With Music Composition Instructor

Composition, Viola
Bachelor of Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music
Masters of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition from Yale University

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a performing musician and a composer. She is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Viola and string quartet violist. She has a Bachelor of … Continued

Keyboard

Andrew Campbell

YAS Faculty

Collaborative Piano
D.M.A., University of Michigan; M.M., Indiana University; B.M. Oberlin College

Andrew Campbell has established himself as one of the most versatile collaborative pianists in the United States with a performing career that has taken him to six continents. Recent appearances … Continued

David Korevaar

JAS and APS Faculty

Piano

David Korevaar, whose playing has been called a “musical epiphany” by Gramophone Magazine, performs an extensive repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician around the US and internationally. In addition … Continued

Gerardo Teissonnière

YAS Faculty

Piano
Graduate, Cleveland Institute of Music; Post-graduate Diploma studies in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro

Regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., … Continued

Greg Harris

JAZZ Faculty

Piano, Vibraphone
M.M., CU Boulder; B.A., Fort Lewis College

Multi-Instrumentalist Greg Tanner Harris leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th … Continued

Hsing-ay Hsu

APS Faculty (Session 2 only)

Piano
M.M., Yale; B.M., Juilliard

Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at … Continued

James Welch

JAS Faculty

Collaborative Piano
M.M., East Carolina University; B.M., SUNY Fredonia

James Welch serves on the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia as a collaborative pianist and instructor of class piano.  He has accompanied for students and … Continued

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

APS Faculty (Session 1 only)

Piano
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.M., B.M., Mannes College The New School for Music

Born in Poland, Magdalena Baczewska [baCHEVska] has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, educator, recording artist, producer, and an administrator, currently serving as Director of the Music Performance … Continued

Nathan Hess

JMP Faculty

Piano
D.M.A., M.M., University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music

Nathan Hess has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. He has soloed with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Western New … Continued

Sergio Gallo

APS Faculty (Sessions 1 & 2)

Piano
D.M.A., University of California – Santa Barbara; M.M., University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music

Sergio Gallo joined Georgia State University in fall 2006, having previously served as faculty at the University of North Dakota and Millikin University. Dr. Gallo received his degrees from the … Continued

SoYoung Lee

Executive Director, APS Faculty, RRMA Faculty

Piano
D.M.A., University of California – Santa Barbara; M.M., University of Southern California

SoYoung Lee, Executive/Music Director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has held director positions … Continued

Spencer Myer

YAS Faculty

Piano

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of … Continued

Tamara Goldstein

APS Faculty (Session 1 only), RRMA Faculty, Denver

Piano
D.M.A., University of Colorado Boulder; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Indiana University

Pianist Tamara Goldstein enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, educator and recitalist. From a musical family, she received her early training at the PreCollege Divisions of the Manhattan School … Continued

Orchestra

Adam Flatt

YAS Faculty

Orchestra Conductor
M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington; B.A., University of California – Berkeley

Adam Flatt, conductor, enjoys a busy and versatile musical presence in three different regions of the United States.  He serves as Music Director of the Colorado Ballet, the Newport Symphony … Continued

Jeffery Meyer

Conductor

Orchestra Conductor
D.M.A., State University of New York-Stony Brook

An accomplished conductor, pianist, and educator, Jeffery Meyer launched his career as a champion of contemporary orchestral music and innovative collaborations. He currently holds positions as the Artistic Director of … Continued

Ken Marrs

JAS & JMP Faculty

Orchestra Conductor, Double Bass
M.M., University of Arizona; B.M.E., Indiana University – Bloomington

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ken Marrs began studying the double bass with Derek Weller and Stuart Sankey.  He received a bachelor’s of music education in choral and instrumental music from … Continued

Percussion

Dave Hammond

JAZZ Faculty

Drums
M.M., University of Denver; B.M., Berklee College of Music

Dave Hammond performed professionally in Boston, South America and Denver before becoming one of the founding music instructors at the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). Under the direction of … Continued

Greg Harris

JAZZ Faculty

Piano, Vibraphone
M.M., CU Boulder; B.A., Fort Lewis College

Multi-Instrumentalist Greg Tanner Harris leads the “Greg Harris Vibe Quintet,” and is a member of Bluegrass legend Pete Wernick’s Flexigrass, hip-hop/jazz/soul group Future Jazz Project, New World Citizen Band, 9th … Continued

Strings

Benjamin de Kock

YAS Faculty, RRMA Faculty, Denver

Double Bass
BM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
MM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
DMA in Double Bass Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Benjamin received his Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the instruction of professor Albert Laszlo, and his Doctorate at the University of … Continued

Braun Khan

JAZZ Faculty

Double Bass, Electric Bass
M.M., Central Michigan University

Braun Khan is from Mount Pleasant Michigan and began playing the acoustic guitar and the electric bass in high school. He quickly developed a love for music and began performing … Continued

Claude Sim

YAS Faculty

Violin
BM - Oberlin Conservatory

Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist. He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory (BM ’99) with Greg Fulkerson, Almita … Continued

David Rife

JAS & JMP Faculty

Southwest String Quartet, Violin
M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., Eastman School of Music

David Rife received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the New England … Continued

David Rose

YAS Faculty

Viola
M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington; B.M., University of British Columbia

David Rose was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and there began his early musical education and violin study. At the suggestion of his first teacher, Ernest Kassian, David switched to the … Continued

Dawn Wohn

YAS Faculty

Violin
B.M. Juilliard
M.M. Yale University
D.M.A. Stony Brook University

Highly sought after as musician with a wide range of styles and interests, violinist Dawn Dongeun Wohn has performed throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. She has appeared … Continued

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

Explorations With Music Composition Instructor

Composition, Viola
Bachelor of Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music
Masters of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition from Yale University

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a performing musician and a composer. She is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Viola and string quartet violist. She has a Bachelor of … Continued

Károly Schranz

YAS Faculty, Violin

Violin
Artist Diploma, Franz Liszt Academy - Budapest

Károly Schranz currently teaches at the University of Colorado – Boulder, and has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival. Until … Continued

Ken Marrs

JAS & JMP Faculty

Orchestra Conductor, Double Bass
M.M., University of Arizona; B.M.E., Indiana University – Bloomington

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ken Marrs began studying the double bass with Derek Weller and Stuart Sankey.  He received a bachelor’s of music education in choral and instrumental music from … Continued

Mary Beth Tyndall

JAS & JMP Program Director

Cello, Southwest String Quartet
M.M., University of Arizona; B.M., B.M.E., Ball State University

Mary Beth Tyndall is a cellist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performs in the symphony’s string quartet. She is also on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster as … Continued

Matt Fuller

JAZZ Faculty

Guitar
M.M., CU Boulder

Guitarist Matt Fuller is an active performer and educator, he teaches jazz guitar at Denver Metro State University. Matt recently relocated back to his home state of Colorado after living … Continued

Pasquale Bianculli

JAS & JMP Faculty

Guitar
Guitar Workshop in Oyster Bay, NY
MM - State University of New York at Stony Brook

Born into a musical family and raised in Brooklyn NY, Pat’s earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Following in his footsteps, he … Continued

Si-Yan Darren Li

YAS Faculty

Cello
Artist Diploma, M.M., Peabody Conservatory; B.M., Juilliard

Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li made his professional debut at the age of 9 and has since gone on to an international career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. He … Continued

Wynne Wong-Rife

JAS & JMP Faculty

Southwest String Quartet, Violin
M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., Eastman School of Music

Wynne Wong-Rife has a multi-faceted career as a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The TSO String Quartet and the Southwest String Quartet. In addition, she teaches a large class … Continued

Voice

Brent Weber

YAS Faculty

Voice, Voice (classical)
B.M.E., Kansas State University
M.M., University of Missouri in Kansas City
M.M., Yale School of Music


A Fredonia voice faculty member since 2013, Brent Weber teaches Applied Voice, Opera Seminar, Opera History and has stage directed many productions including The Merry Widow, for the Hillman Opera … Continued

Daniel Ihasz

YAS Faculty

Voice
M.M., Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music

Lyric Baritone Daniel Ihasz earned a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, along with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Since 1992, he has … Continued

Derek Granger

JAS Faculty

Choir, Voice
B.M.E., University of Arizona

Derek Granger is the Director of Choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. Under his direction, the Flowing Wells Choirs have maintained an active presence in the community, have … Continued

Helen Ihasz

JMP Faculty

Choir, Voice
B.M.E., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Helen Ihasz has 25 years of teaching experience at a variety of levels in general, choral, and instrumental music in the public schools. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education … Continued

Scott Glysson

JMP Faculty

Choir, Voice
D.M.A., M.M., University of Arizona; B.M., George Mason University

Scott Glysson is the Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia. Glysson has been recognized for his achievements in conducting in both the choral … Continued

Woodwinds

Catherine Peterson

JAS Faculty, JMP Faculty

Flute
M.M., University of Michigan; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Catherine Peterson is second/assistant principal flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. A regular substitute flutist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2010, she has performed Afternoon of a Faun at Myerhoff Symphony Hall … Continued

Claudia Anderson

YAS Faculty

Flute
D.M.A., University of Iowa; M.M., University of Massachusetts

Claudia Anderson is known for her originality and brilliance as a solo and chamber music performer across the U.S. She is a founding member of the innovative flute duo ZAWA! … Continued

David Shea

JAS & YAS Faculty

Clarinet
D.M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington; M.M., University of Illinois

David Shea currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Texas Tech University, and is also principal clarinet in the Abilene Philharmonic and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras. He has earned … Continued

Grant Larson

JAS & JMP Faculty, JAZZ Program Director

Saxophone
D.M.A., M.M., CU Boulder

An active recitalist and proponent of new music, saxophonist Grant Larson has premiered works for saxophone by Paul, Hanson, Philip Wharton, Chiayu Hsu, Steven Makala, and John Drumheller at regional and national … Continued

Jason Lichtenwalter

JAS & YAS Faculty

Oboe, English Horn
M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory

Jason Lichtenwalter joined the Colorado Symphony as oboist/English hornist in 2002 and has held the same position with the Britt Festival Orchestra since 1998.  Besides prior positions with the Dallas Opera Orchestra (Principal), … Continued

Kellan Toohey

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Clarinet
D.M.A., CU Boulder; M.M., University of Northern Colorado; B.M., CU Boulder

Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He holds a DMA from the University of Colorado and … Continued

Kimberly Brody

RRMA Faculty

Oboe
B.M., St. Olaf College

Kim has lived in Boulder since 2001. She moved here from Chicago, where she played in numerous orchestras throughout the whole metro area. She taught at North Park University and … Continued

Paul Zaborac

JAS Faculty

Clarinet, Flute, Jazz, Oboe, Saxophone
DMA - Saxophone Performance & Pedagogy - University of Colorado, Boulder
MM - Saxophone Performance - Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Australia
BME - Simpson College

Paul Zaborac is a versatile saxophonist, composer, and educator. Well versed in both classical and jazz saxophone, he has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally in Costa Rica, China, Hong … Continued

Peter Cooper

YAS Faculty

Oboe
B.M., Northwestern University

Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and Senior Instructor of Oboe at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Cooper has also held positions as Associate Principal Oboist … Continued

Rémy Taghavi

YAS Faculty

Bassoon
D.M.A. (in progress), Stony Brook University; M.M. Juilliard School; B.M., University of Southern California

Noted for his “bubbling, charming” playing, Rémy Taghavi is a highly sought-after bassoonist and educator based in the Northeast, and has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups across North … Continued

FACULTY, MUSIC ACADEMY

Brass

Donald Williams

JAS & JMP Faculty

Trumpet
M.M., CU Boulder; B.M., University of Norther Colorado

A long-time resident of Colorado, Williams is a founding member of the Apollo Chamber Brass, a non-profit group dedicated to educational outreach and the continuing advancement of chamber music, and … Continued

Composition

Dianne Betkowski

RRMA Faculty

Cello, Composition

Dianne Betkowski is an avid performer, teacher, chamber musician and composer who has lived in Denver since 2001.  She has performed, toured and/or recorded with the Saint Louis Symphony, the … Continued

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

Explorations With Music Composition Instructor

Composition, Viola
Bachelor of Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music
Masters of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition from Yale University

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a performing musician and a composer. She is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Viola and string quartet violist. She has a Bachelor of … Continued

Max Wolpert

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Fiddle, Mandolin, Composition
B.M., Berklee College of Music

Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet. Drawing from tradition both musical and mythological, Max makes music inspired by … Continued

Keyboard

Carol Rankin

RRMA Faculty

Piano

Carol Rankin studied at the Mannes College of Music and received her Master of Music degree with distinction, and Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. As winner … Continued

Margaret Patterson

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Piano
D.M.A., M.M., CU Boulder

Margie Patterson has over 25 years teaching experience at all levels. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder where … Continued

SoYoung Lee

Executive Director, APS Faculty, RRMA Faculty

Piano
D.M.A., University of California – Santa Barbara; M.M., University of Southern California

SoYoung Lee, Executive/Music Director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has held director positions … Continued

Susan Olenwine

Piano Faculty

Collaborative Piano, Piano

Susan Olenwine earned both Bachelor and Master Degrees in performance at Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Constance Keene and Artur Balsam.  She had additional studies in accompanying … Continued

Tamara Goldstein

APS Faculty (Session 1 only), RRMA Faculty, Denver

Piano
D.M.A., University of Colorado Boulder; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Indiana University

Pianist Tamara Goldstein enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, educator and recitalist. From a musical family, she received her early training at the PreCollege Divisions of the Manhattan School … Continued

Strings

Benjamin de Kock

YAS Faculty, RRMA Faculty, Denver

Double Bass
BM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
MM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
DMA in Double Bass Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Benjamin received his Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the instruction of professor Albert Laszlo, and his Doctorate at the University of … Continued

Dianne Betkowski

RRMA Faculty

Cello, Composition

Dianne Betkowski is an avid performer, teacher, chamber musician and composer who has lived in Denver since 2001.  She has performed, toured and/or recorded with the Saint Louis Symphony, the … Continued

Erik Peterson

Violin

Violinist Erik Peterson enjoys sharing great music with a broad audience. With the Mendelssohn Trio and Ivy Street Ensemble he performs throughout Colorado, the United States, and Europe to reach … Continued

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

Explorations With Music Composition Instructor

Composition, Viola
Bachelor of Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music
Masters of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition from Yale University

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a performing musician and a composer. She is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Viola and string quartet violist. She has a Bachelor of … Continued

Katarina Pliego

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Cello, Double Bass
M.M., Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; B.M., Anglia Ruskin University – Cambridge

Katarina Pliego is currently pursuing a doctorate in cello performance at the University of Northern Colorado, studying with Gal Faganel. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honours from … Continued

Keith Barnhart

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Guitar
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Denver

“Keith is a perfect example of what we want in the field: brilliant, hard-working, patient, kind and charismatic.” ~Zachary Carretin, Artistic Director of the Boulder Bach Festival Keith Barnhart is … Continued

Max Legrand

RRMA Faculty, Denver

Banjo, Guitar

Max is a Colorado native, an experienced guitar instructor, and the creator of HappyBanjoDude… the most popular YouTube channel for banjo tutorials. He began his musical journey at age 13 … Continued

Max Wolpert

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Fiddle, Mandolin, Composition
B.M., Berklee College of Music

Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet. Drawing from tradition both musical and mythological, Max makes music inspired by … Continued

Teague Bechtel

RRMA Faculty, Denver

Guitar
D.M.A., University of Northern Colorado

Teague Bechtel, a guitarist, music educator, and composer from the Orlando, Florida area, received his Doctorate of Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018. Formerly … Continued

Tim Cuffman

RRMA Faculty, Boulder & Denver

Viola, Violin

Timothy Cuffman has over a decade of violin and viola teaching experience with students of all ages and levels of experience. He is committed to the progress of his students … Continued

Woodwinds

Daniel Nester

RRMA Faculty, Denver

Beginning Recorder, Bassoon
M.M., University of Southern California; B.M., Tel Aviv University

Daniel Nester begun studying the bassoon at the age of 12 in Israel, where he finished his Bachelor of Music degree in the Tel Aviv University, under the guidance of … Continued

Kellan Toohey

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Clarinet
D.M.A., CU Boulder; M.M., University of Northern Colorado; B.M., CU Boulder

Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He holds a DMA from the University of Colorado and … Continued

Kimberly Brody

RRMA Faculty

Oboe
B.M., St. Olaf College

Kim has lived in Boulder since 2001. She moved here from Chicago, where she played in numerous orchestras throughout the whole metro area. She taught at North Park University and … Continued