2020 Year End Appeal

December 22, 2020


Dear Friends, Supporters, Students, Faculty, and Alumni of Rocky Ridge,


How many times in this unprecedented year has music helped you through? I have seen the strength of music support elders in isolation, children navigating virtual school, and families managing disrupted lives. I hope you, too, have found solace in the beauty of music and soundscape. As we look forward into 2021, wouldn’t you like your farewell to 2020 be a positive action to ensure that music education expands to reach a wider diversity of students and continues to help heal our divided and wounded world?


It is with great hope and excitement that I lead the Rocky Ridge Board of Trustees into 2021. Out of trying times, great things are born—and this is the story of Rocky Ridge. When Beth Miller Harrod took her first group of piano students to the Rocky Mountains in the summer of 1942, the US was sending soldiers off to fight in World War II. Ms. Harrod brought hope, through music in the mountains, to young people who desperately needed a respite from the fear all around them. During our pandemic I have been listening to my teen pianist play for eight hours a day and am reminded that music, and particularly music as it is taught at Rocky Ridge, is a salve for our emotional and physical lives. This realization compelled me to take the leadership of Rocky Ridge as I believe we need music more now than ever to heal and evolve.


Although we had to close our physical mountain camp for summer 2020, thanks to SoYoung, Megan, John, and faculty, we were able to pivot to a virtual program delivering a seamless Rocky Ridge experience to students all over the world. We also used this valuable time at home to plan and create ways to amplify and expand what the Rocky Ridge music approach truly means and where it can grow. Our new vision for 2021 and beyond includes programming that reaches farther, physically and conceptually, to support music education in diverse communities around the country. We seek to provide year-long support for musicians and expand our teaching and digital recording capabilities.


The support of our broad community has helped us weather the pandemic and come out ahead, but we need you more than ever to harness this momentum and help us deliver the Rocky Ridge experience to a broader and more inclusive community—to bring the healing power of music to those who may not otherwise be able to afford the magic of music in the mountains. I encourage you to support our mission to expand Rocky Ridge Music in 2021 and beyond.  With your help, we can do it. Please click here to make your year-end contribution or you can send a check made out to Rocky Ridge Music to our main office 1128 Pine St. Boulder, CO 80302.


I wish you and all your family a peaceful, healthy, and music filled 2021.




Melvina Carrick, President

Board of Trustees

Melvina Carrick

President, Board of Trustees


A huge thank you to those who have already donated:

  • Margaret Cheng Tuttle
  • I.L. Thorson
  • Madison W. Casey
  • Jane Gordon
  • Evelyn Taylor
  • Pasquale Bianculli
  • Candace Meehan
  • J.C. Miller
  • Alice Chang
  • Catherine Pope

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