Accepting strings, piano, and composition applications.
In this two-week immersion for advanced high school musicians, students improve their musical skills and develop their unique voices through chamber ensembles, performance classes, private lessons, audition preparation classes, workshops, musician wellness activities, and nature-based explorations.
Additionally, students collaborate to compose and premiere an original multi-disciplinary group composition for their final concert.
Students should be proficient at reading music and have prior experience playing in an ensemble. See below for more specific prerequisites. Audition is required.
Fees, Faculty and Schedules
$2,950 (includes lodging and meals)
UPGRADES & ADD ONS:
Piano usage fee is $75.
Secondary instrument lessons fee is $150.
Bedding (optional) is $85.
All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Flute Education: 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 Detroit Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony. An active chamber musician and educator, she performs with the nationally recognized Ivy Street Ensemble throughout Colorado on various concert series and most importantly, at schools across the Front Range, bringing music to the next generation.
Her previous musical engagements include Principal Flutist with the Central City Opera, Principal Flutist with Emerald City Opera, and co-Principal flutist of the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Cathy is a regular performer at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, and Front Range Chamber Players in Fort Collins, Colorado.
If you tune in to Colorado Public Radio, you will often hear Cathy broadcast with solo recordings as well as performances with the Ivy Street Ensemble.
She has a private studio of fantastic flute students of all ability levels, and is the flute coach for the Denver School of the Arts. She received a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Jeff Zook, Leone Buyse, Tim Day, and Walfrid Kujala.
You can learn more about Catherine at milehighflutist.com.
JAS & YAS FacultyInstruments: Oboe, English Horn Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
Jason Lichtenwalter holds the Oboe/English Horn position with the Colorado Symphony in Denver and the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Previous positions include Principal Oboe with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and East Texas Symphony as well as Associate Principal/2nd Oboe and Acting English Horn with the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony (Dallas and Vail), Fort Worth Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and Colorado Bach Ensemble, among many others. As a featured soloist, he has appeared on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn. He served as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Denver. Jason earned oboe performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers were James Caldwell and Richard Killmer, and he pursued post-graduate studies with Elaine Douvas, Robert Walters, Mark Ackerman, and David Matthews. In October 2020, he founded Peak Reeds, an online reed and cane shop catering to oboists and English hornists at altitude.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Southwest String Quartet, Violin Education: 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 Conservatory of
Music. David moved to Tucson in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he has held the
positions of Associate Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, Principal Second Violin, and Assistant
Principal Second Violin. David is a dedicated violin teacher, and first violinist of the Southwest String
Quartet. He was the first violinist of the TSO String Quartet for over 30 years. In 2005 he was the
recipient of the Outstanding Private String Teacher Award in Arizona by the American String Teachers
Association. His students have won local and statewide competitions, soloed with local orchestras and
many have attended music schools and conservatories throughout the country. David was inducted into
the Tucson Musicians Museum in 2012.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Southwest String Quartet, Violin Education: 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 for one year, she transferred to the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, and was awarded a B.M. with Distinction in Violin Performance. At Eastman she met and became engaged to David Rife, and in 1981, both decided to attend New England Conservatory of Music. Wynne graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1983 with a M.M. in Violin Performance, and then returned to Tucson with David to marry and start a family. Wynne and David have two daughters, Melissa and Molly (both cellists) and four cats. In addition to teaching and performing, Wynne also enjoys photography, knitting and Starbucks (not necessarily in that order).
Mary Beth Tyndall
Junior Program DirectorInstruments: Cello, Southwest String Quartet Education: 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 contemporary periods. She is also actively involved in educational programming and performances for young people. She is known for her portrayals of the more outrageous characters in the children’s books of Susan Lowell (such as Josefina Javelina), which the quartet dramatizes annually as soloists in the Tucson Symphony Kinderkoncerts series. The chamber music festival created by the Southwest String Quartet is a two week workshop in Tucson for middle and high school students. Mary Beth is one of the original founders of this festival and is the primary cello coach and orchestra conductor. She has also taught at the Chamber Music in the Mountains camp on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, the Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Tucson Cello Congress, the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Festival in Alaska. She is frequently a sectional coach for Tucson adult amateur orchestras and youth orchestras. In 2016, she was named Outstanding Studio Teacher by the American String Teachers Association.
Mary Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from Ball State University and a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Arizona. She has studied with Joseph Saunders, Gordon Epperson, Claus Adam, Martha Gerschefski and Hans Jorgen Jensen. She maintains a large studio of cello students of all ages and levels! Many of her students have performed as soloists with local orchestras and are continuing their studies in music conservatories around the country. As a performer and teacher her philosophy is one of joy, self-expression and personal growth through music.
David Korevaar, APS 1 and 2
JAS and APS FacultyInstruments: 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 named Distinguished Research Lecturer (2016), he is an active performer and recording artist. In the spring of 2016, Korevaar spent two weeks teaching in Kabul at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). The 2016-2017 season also included two tours to Brazil and a recital and master classes in Mexico City. In Fall 2017, he conducted and performed two of Mozart’s piano concertos in Boulder, bringing home a skill picked up in Japan and Brazil over the last several years. Korevaar’s extensive discography includes numerous solo and chamber music recordings, most recently a recording of Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Music since 2000 and a world premiere recording of piano music by the early twentieth-century Italian composer Luigi Perrachio. Other recent releases include a disc of chamber works by Tibor Harsányi with Charles Wetherbee (Naxos), and a Chopin recital on MSR, Hindemith’s three Piano Sonatas and Suite “1922” (MSR) and two Schubert Sonatas (MSR). In addition, his collaboration with members of the Takacs Quartet has resulted in a number of releases, including a disc of Brahms with violist Geraldine Walther and cellist Andras Fejer (MSR), two Beethoven Violin Sonatas with violinist Edward Dusinberre (Decca), and Hindemith’s music for Viola and Piano with Geraldine Walther (MSR). Korevaar also writes on various musical topics, with a focus on French music.
Maggie Polk Olivo
Junior Program Composition and Music TheoryInstruments: Composition
Maggie Polk-Olivo wears multiple hats as a musical collaborator, composer, educator and performer. Passionate about music education and new music, she is the creator and director of the BloomingSongs project- a music collection of works by renowned artists from all over the world. She teaches and co-directs the Fairview Artful Learning Violin Project alongside Brenda Brenner while coordinating the school’s performing arts program. Awarded the IU Freshman Composition Competition, she studied music composition with P.Q.Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Don Freund, Claude Baker, and Marilyn Shrude at IU Jacobs School of Music. Recognized by the Music Educators National Conference and a National Young Composer Award semi-finalist in her youth, Olivo has since had music performed and commissioned by the Southwest String Quartet, Vera String Quartet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Kim Carballo, Alejandra Martinez, and Sara Fraker.
In addition to composing, Olivo directs the IU JSOM’s Musical Beginnings and co-directs the Musical Arts Youth Organization’s Bridges, teaching music composition and chamber music. She is certified in the methodologies of John Feierabend, Musikgärten, Orff-Keetman Schulwerk, and Kodály Methodology. Maggie presents teacher-training workshops throughout the year and has been the recipient of Smithville, Puffin, and BUEA Foundation grants. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two children. In addition to creating music with and for others, she loves gardening and putting on shows with her kids.
- In order to secure your placement in the program, a 50% deposit of your tuition is due within 7 days of receiving your acceptance letter. Your final deposit is due a month before the beginning of your program.
- Any tuition paid is nonrefundable.
- If the camps are mandated to close by the CDC, state, or local authorities, you will receive a full tuition refund if the program has not yet started. If the camp is mandated to close during a program, your tuition refund will be prorated.*
- The camp will follow all applicable public health orders and federal, state, and local guidance regarding mitigating the spread of COVID-19, which may include indoor and outdoor occupancy limits, rapid COVID-19 tests, daily symptom and temperature checks, social distancing protocols, face covering requirements, and other protocols.
- The camp may require each camper to submit a current, signed health history that includes information in relation to the activities in which a camper may participate. This health history will include a description of any camp activities from which the camper should be exempted for health reasons; a record of past medical treatment, if any; a record of allergies and/or dietary restrictions; a statement from the custodial parent/guardian attesting that all immunizations required for school are up to date and including the actual date of last tetanus shot; a record of current medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter; and a description of any current physical, mental, or psychological conditions requiring medication, treatment, or special restrictions or considerations while at camp. The camp also recommends that all campers be vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to guidelines issued by the CDC and the applicable state or local public health agency.
- As a safeguard during this uncertain time, Rocky Ridge recommends that you purchase a third party tuition/travel insurance plan which will protect your investment should you choose to cancel ahead of time or are unable to complete the camp. We have partnered with TravMark, which comes highly recommended by AM Skier, Rocky Ridge’s insurance provider. Please see this page for more information on how to sign up for insurance. Regardless of which insurance company you choose, please take note that often the best time to purchase this type of insurance is when you make your initial deposit.
- We will be updating this policy list regularly. Please continue to visit this list for the most recent policy updates and COVID-19 safety protocols that will be required prior to and during the camps.
- *Except for the application fee of $85, which is nonrefundable.
See other COVID-19 Policies here.
In general, students should be able to read music at a high level and should have multiple years of experience on their instrument. In addition, students should have prior experience playing in an ensemble. See below for more specific guidelines for each instrument.
String players should be on or above Book 4 of the Suzuki method or equivalent.
- Bach: 2 part inventions or more advanced (Sinfonias, French Suites, WTC)
- Classical: Something along the lines of Mozart K 283 or the first movement K 309; or Haydn E minor or G major; or Beethoven op. 2, no. 1 or op. 14, no. 2
- Romantic: Schumann—pieces from the second half of the Album for the Young; Chopin—easier Preludes (E minor, B minor, A major, C minor) or Waltzes, etc.
- Impressionistic: Debussy—Children’s Corner; Reverie, Arabesques
- Modern: Liebermann—Album for the Young; Bartok—Romanian Folk Dances; Prokofiev—Album for the Young; Kabalevsky—Sonatinas, Sonatas
You are welcome to call the office at 303-449-1106 or email RRMC@RockyRidge.org for more information.
Junior Artist Immersion applicants must submit an audition recording along with their application for admission. Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces or movements that best represent the applicant’s level and accomplishment. Please submit video recording or a link to a YouTube video. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted. All recordings must be uploaded as part of the online application.