ROCKY RIDGE FACULTY & STAFF

A world-class community of musicians dedicated to music education

STAFF

SoYoung Lee, Executive Director

Jon Bee, Director of Operations

Madison Casey, Accountant

John Dilts, Strategic Initiatives Consultant

 

 

Ilona Vukovic-Gay, Director, Junior Programs

Daniel Ihasz, Dean of Student Affairs

Stephen Wade, Program Director, American Roots Music Program

Bob Nesbit, Property Manager

 


FACULTY, SUMMER PROGRAMS

Conducting

Adam Flatt

YAS Faculty

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 (the Oregon coast’s professional orchestra) and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Adam is well-known for his inspiring work with music students at the highest level.  He … 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, and the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, and is second trombonist with the Cheyenne Symphony. Mr. Watt joined the faculty of the University of Wyoming in 2016 … 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 he is currently second/associate principal trumpet in the Wyoming Symphony. Recently, he performed as a guest artist at Sul Ross State University in Apline, TX … Continued

Terry Sawchuck

YAS Faculty

Trumpet
M.M., B.M., University of Michigan

Terry Sawchuk is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an orchestral musician, Terry has served as Acting Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and has performed and recorded … Continued

Composition

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

JAS & JMP Program Director

Composition, Southwest String Quartet, Viola
M.M.A., Yale; B.M., Manhattan School of Music

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a composer and a performing musician. In the Tucson Symphony Orchestra she is the Young Composer’s Project Instructor, the Assistant Principal Viola and the violist in the TSO String Quartet. She is also on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster as the violist in the Southwest String Quartet. … 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 include a South African concert tour, highlighted by a recital at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival; a performance of Bach’s keyboard concerto in d minor … Continued

David Korevaar

JAS 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 to his teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he holds the Peter and Helen Weil fellowship in piano and where he has been … 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., American pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents. From appearances at the … 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 & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 5 albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Glass Gold,” “Open Space,” … 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 Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe. A Steinway Artist, Ms. Hsu is winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition Silver Medal, the … Continued

James Welch

JAS & JMP 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 faculty on various instrumental juries and recitals, the accompanying and vocal coaching of the mainstage musicals, and various master classes.  International experiences have included the … Continued

Larry Graham

APS Faculty (Session 2 only)

Piano
M.M., B.M., Juilliard

Larry Graham launched his career with numerous successes in piano competitions such as the Kosciusko and Concert Artists Guild auditions. He was winner of the coveted “Prize of the Public” by overwhelming vote at the Queen Elizabeth Concours in Brussels. Graham has performed over 35 different concerti with orchestras and numerous solo engagements. Graham has … 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 Program and Lecturer in Music at Columbia University. The press describes her as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), and a “player of taste … 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 York Chamber Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent recital appearances and masterclasses have included the American Liszt Society Festival; The Americas Society in … 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 Conservatoire Européen de Musique in Paris (Diplôme d’Excellence), the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, Hungary, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Master of Music and Artist … 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 at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Adult Education & Preparatory Department, Millikin University Preparatory Division, and the Boulder Arts Academy & Boulder Ballet. A strong believer in … 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 of Music and The Juilliard School before earning performance degrees at Indiana University (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and the University of Colorado at Boulder … 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 (the Oregon coast’s professional orchestra) and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. His prominent presence in the musical life of Colorado extends back many years.  When Marin … 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 the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic as well as the Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University. In recent concert seasons, he has performed as a … 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 Indiana University where he studied bass with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.  Ken has performed with the Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw Bay, Toledo, and Tucson … 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 Mr. Hammond DSA bands have performed at 13 of the last 16 Colorado Music Educators Association conferences, performed 14 times at the CBA State Concert … 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 & Lincoln Orchestra, and SuperCollider. Among his work as a studio musician, he has released 5 albums- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Glass Gold,” “Open Space,” … Continued

Strings

Aaron Smith

ARMP Faculty

Double Bass, Banjo, Guitar, Voice

Aaron’s journey with the bass has followed a varied route. After a childhood spent exploring the electric bass and performing in as many venues as possible, he initially chose not to pursue music full-time, and began attending liberal arts school in Athens, Ohio. It was here, however, that he became introduced to bluegrass and old-time music, and … Continued

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 Colorado at Boulder. He first came to Colorado in 2002 to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School. After attending the AMFS for several years … 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 extensively in church groups and local bands. His experiences ranged from pop/rock to gospel to funk. A few years after taking up the electric bass … Continued

David Evans

ARMP Faculty

Guitar, Voice

David Evans has been performing country blues (vocal and guitar) since 1962, having learned directly from many southern blues musicians of an older generation. Much of this learning was gained in the course of field research beginning in 1965. Evans is Professor of Music Emeritus at The University of Memphis and is the author of … Continued

David Rife

JAS & JMP Faculty

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

David Rife, a native of South Carolina, received a 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 Conservatory of Music.  He has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Mazuko Ushioda, Jerry Lucktenburg, Dennis Bourret, and members of the Cleveland … 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 viola at age 12 and immediately enjoyed the deep, warm sound of this new instrument. A few years later, he became a member of 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 as a soloist with orchestras such as the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Orchestra, performed recitals across the world including Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice … Continued

Howard Rains

ARMP Faculty

Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Voice

Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler, now living in Kansas. He comes from a musical and artistic family and his two obsessions are painting and playing traditional American fiddle music. He is the fourth generation to play on the same fiddle that was made for his great-grandfather and learned his finger-picked guitar … Continued

Ilona Vukovic-Gay

JAS & JMP Program Director

Composition, Southwest String Quartet, Viola
M.M.A., Yale; B.M., Manhattan School of Music

Ilona Vukovic-Gay pursues a career as a composer and a performing musician. In the Tucson Symphony Orchestra she is the Young Composer’s Project Instructor, the Assistant Principal Viola and the violist in the TSO String Quartet. She is also on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster as the violist in the Southwest String Quartet. … 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 his retirement in 2018, Mr. Schranz enjoyed a distinguished career as a founding member and second violinist of the Takács Quartet.  Over the span 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 Indiana University where he studied bass with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.  Ken has performed with the Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw Bay, Toledo, and Tucson … Continued

Mary Beth Tyndall

JAS & JMP Faculty

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 a member of the Southwest String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed a wide variety of string quartet works from the classical to … 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 in NYC as a freelancing musician and teacher from 2012-2015. His debut album as a leader Waiting for Violet was released in May 2014 and … 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 has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy … Continued

Stephen Wade

ARMP Program Director

Banjo, Guitar

Musician and writer Stephen Wade has spent nearly his entire life in study of American folklife, uniting the twin strands of scholarship and the creative arts. Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s, Wade was exposed to a number of vernacular musicians who had moved north to the city from the Mississippi Delta … Continued

Tricia Spencer

ARMP Faculty

Banjolele, Fiddle, Guitar, Voice

Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time fiddling knee to knee from her grandpa and grandma, Vernon and Iona Spencer.  While growing up, she and her family traveled through the midwest where she learned from the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnett, Lyman Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, … 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 of violin students, several of whom have placed in competitions and soloed with local orchestras. After studying with John Ferrell at The University of Arizona … 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 and Don Giovani, Little Women, Music Man, Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables Highlights, with Western New York Chamber Orchestra at the Rockefeller Arts … 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 been a member of the voice faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he is currently Full Professor and former Chair … 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 earned numerous superior ratings at state and local festivals, and were invited to perform with the University of Arizona Community Chorus (2015) and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (2016). Past teaching … 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 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1993 she was the recipient of a Summer Fellowship at Northwestern University. Ihasz has been teaching beginning conducting at … 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 and orchestral genres. As the conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he has performed both nationally and internationally. Under his leadership as the … Continued

Tricia Spencer

ARMP Faculty

Banjolele, Fiddle, Guitar, Voice

Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time fiddling knee to knee from her grandpa and grandma, Vernon and Iona Spencer.  While growing up, she and her family traveled through the midwest where she learned from the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnett, Lyman Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, … 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 under the direction of Louis Langree, and toured Carnegie Hall with the BSO under the direction of Marin Alsop. She has also performed with the … 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! and of New Prairie Camerata, a chamber initiative that showcases a community’s historical and architectural gems through performance and stimulates community participation. A Fulbright scholar … Continued

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 Richard Paley, Mordechai Rechtman, and Gadi Ledderman. Daniel then studied with Judith Farmer at the University of Southern California for his Masters, there winning the … 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 degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the University of Illinois (MM) and Indiana University (DM). His teachers have been Howard Klug, Lawrence McDonald, Eli Eban, … 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 conventions. He is the soprano saxophonist with the Colorado-based Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, … 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), Honolulu Symphony (2nd/Asst Principal, Acting English Horn), and East Texas Symphony (Principal), he has also performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth, and New World symphonies, the Naples and Boulder philharmonics, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, … 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 his teachers include Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Jon Manasse. An active orchestral player, Mr. Toohey currently holds the positions of Principal clarinetist in the Boulder … 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 Valparaiso University, as well as private students in her home. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and continued … 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 Kong, and Australia. In addition to actively presenting solo recitals and at national and regional conferences, Paul has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, … 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 of the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Oboist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States as … Continued

Rémy Taghavi

YAS Faculty

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

Bassoonist Rémy Taghavi is an active performer and educator in the New York City area with interests spanning classical, jazz and popular music. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, he has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups and festivals across the US, Canada, Ecuador and Japan, and he recently co-founded the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival … Continued

FACULTY, MUSIC ACADEMY

Brass

John Jungerberg

RRMA Faculty, Denver

Trumpet
M.B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison; B.M., University of North Florida; B.A., Florida State University

John comes to Rocky Ridge from Macky Auditorium Concert Hall at the University of Colorado Boulder where he worked as Operations Manager. In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations of this 2,048-seat, College of Music venue and served as the main point of contact for their clients. Prior to that role, John earned his … 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 Utah Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and the Colorado Symphony, among others.  Her compositions have been performed by such orchestras as the National Symphony, the Rochester … 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 stories from around the world.  Whether built upon the verve and bounce of an Irish jig, the endearing asymmetry of a Welsh pipe tune, or … Continued

Keyboard

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 she studied with Dr. David Korevaar. A prizewinner in the Simone Belsky Competition, she is in demand as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Many of … 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 at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Adult Education & Preparatory Department, Millikin University Preparatory Division, and the Boulder Arts Academy & Boulder Ballet. A strong believer in … 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 with Samuel Sanders at the Juilliard School, and coached with Bruce Simonds and Ward Davenny at the Yale School of Music, and with Eli Haimowitz … 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 of Music and The Juilliard School before earning performance degrees at Indiana University (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and the University of Colorado at Boulder … 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 Colorado at Boulder. He first came to Colorado in 2002 to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School. After attending the AMFS for several years … 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 Utah Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and the Colorado Symphony, among others.  Her compositions have been performed by such orchestras as the National Symphony, the Rochester … 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 thousands. In his role as Artistic Director of Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and Front Range Chamber Players Erik is able to reach large audiences with … Continued

Ethan Lorentz

RRMA Faculty, Denver

Guitar
B.M.,M.M. - University of Denver, Lamont School of Music

Colorado native Ethan Lorentz is a classically trained guitarist who has won awards as both a soloist and a chamber musician.  These have included top prize in the Denver Guitar Competition and 1st prize in the Shark Tank Entrepreneur Competition.  He was also a semi-finalist in the Schadt String Competition, a prizewinner in the Lamont Solo … Continued

John Dilts

Guitar
B.A., University of Colorado, M.A., University of Chicago

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, John works to develop programs and partnerships that take Rocky Ridge in exciting new directions and help build long-term sustainability. Prior to joining RRMC, he spent over fifteen years as a researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where he worked on projects partnering with federal, state, and … 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 Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (UK) where her teacher was Caroline Bosanquet, and a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the Royal Conservatoire of … 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 an energetic performer and teacher living in Boulder, Colorado. Adept on multiple instruments, he can be seen and heard performing regularly with the Boulder Bach … 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 learning the acoustic guitar stylings of Dave Matthews and John Mayer, and then quickly progressed to the virtuosic playing of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. … 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 stories from around the world.  Whether built upon the verve and bounce of an Irish jig, the endearing asymmetry of a Welsh pipe tune, or … 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 the guitar instructor at Casper College in Wyoming he is a patient and enthusiastic educator. Through his doctoral research he has become one of the … 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 as well as their enjoyment and appreciation of music. Cuffman has served as a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, where he earned his … Continued

Voice

Jon Bee

Director of Operations, RRMA Faculty, Boulder & Denver

Choir, Jazz, Pop, Voice, Voice (classical)
BA in Music, Millikin University
MFA in Arts Management & Leadership, Webster University

Jon Bee comes to Rocky Ridge Music Center by way of St. Louis, MO. A longtime musician and thespian, he was most recently seen on stage in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at Vintage Theatre in Aurora, CO. He is also a reviewer and contributor for Broadway World Denver. Before moving to the Denver … 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 Richard Paley, Mordechai Rechtman, and Gadi Ledderman. Daniel then studied with Judith Farmer at the University of Southern California for his Masters, there winning the … Continued

Kathryn Eagles

RRMA Faculty, Boulder

Flute
M.A., B.M., University of Alaska – Fairbanks
DMA, University of Colorado - Boulder

Dr. Kathryn Eagles is a flutist and educator from Fairbanks, Alaska. She holds both a BM and MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her primary teachers include Dorli McWayne and Christina Jennings. In addition to her studies at the university, she … 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 his teachers include Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Jon Manasse. An active orchestral player, Mr. Toohey currently holds the positions of Principal clarinetist in the Boulder … Continued

Teresita Lozano

RRMA Faculty & Programa Nuestra Música Director

Flute
B.M.E., Baylor University

Teresita Lozano is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of the El Paso, Texas – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua borderland and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Teresita engages in music research that explores the relationship between music, Diaspora, and inherited memory in the construction of multicultural identities. Teresita has a … Continued