Rocky Ridge Music Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Peterson as Artistic Director of Solisti Rossi, a new youth chamber orchestra based on Antonio Vivaldi’s music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà of the eighteenth century. Vivaldi, nicknamed il Prete Rosso, ‘The Red Priest,’ wrote many of his 500 concertos for the all-female musicians of the Pietà, the figlie di coro.  The choice of the title, Solisti Rossi or ‘Red Soloists,’ gives a nod to not only the color of Vivaldi’s hair but also to the reddish color of the Colorado River, the word ‘Colorado’ meaning ‘colored red.’

A significant feature of Vivaldi’s ensemble was the importance of the individual for the greater good. The same holds true for Solisti Rossi. All players will rotate within sections (this includes violinists rotating between 1st and 2nd violin sections); and when feasible, concerts will be performed without a conductor, being led by the rotating student concertmaster.  The majority of the ensemble’s repertoire will focus on concertos — musicians from the orchestra will be selected to perform as soloists at each concert. An important component will be the opportunity to perform in chamber ensembles, the repertoire being expanded from Vivaldi to the present. Each semester will include five rehearsals culminating in a final performance.

After each rehearsal, Solisti Rossi musicians come together to enjoy a community dinner sponsored, in part, by Pizzeria Locale.

Erik Peterson, Solisti Rossi Artistic Director

Rocky Ridge Announces Auditions for 2020 Spring Semester:


Auditions for the Spring 2020 Semester by appointment. See details below for more information! We look forward to hearing from you!



WHO: Students through high school age are welcome to audition. Please prepare a complete movement (first movement is preferable) of any concerto. Memorization and accompanist are not required.

WHEN: By appointment. 

WHERE: Rocky Ridge Music Academy, 3401 W. 29th Ave. Denver, CO 80211

CONTACT: To schedule an audition, please email with your name, date of birth, instrument, email address, and the name of the concerto movement you would like to perform. You may also call 303-449-1106 and leave a message. There is no fee to audition. Once we hear from you, we will contact you by email to arrange your audition.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Rehearsal and performance dates:

Chamber Orchestra: 7 rehearsals + performance.

January 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 23

SATURDAY, Feb. 29: 3:30 dress rehearsal.

SUNDAY, Mar. 1: 6:00pm warm up, 7:00pm performance.


Chamber Music Ensembles:  5 rehearsals + performance.

March 15, 21 (Saturday), 22 (12:45 – 5:30 Field Trip to see Marin Alsop and the CSO and S.R. rehearsal), 29

SATURDAY, April. 4: 3:30 dress rehearsal.

SUNDAY, April 5: 3:30 warm up 4:30 performance.