Junior Artist Seminar

AGES 13-18
In this two-week music immersion seminar aimed at 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 able to read music at a high level and should have prior experience playing in an ensemble. See below for more specific prerequisites. Admission to this seminar is by audition.


Fees, Faculty and Schedules


$2,950 (includes lodging and meals)




Piano usage fee is $75.
Secondary instrument lessons fee is $150.
Bedding (optional) is $75.

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


Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
David Rife Southwest String Quartet, Violin
Wynne Wong-Rife Southwest String Quartet, Violin
Mary Beth Tyndall Cello, Southwest String Quartet
Maggie Polk Olivo Composition
What You Can Expect
•Two 60-minute private lessons each week
•Optional lessons on a secondary instrument
•Studio classes
•Audition preparation classes
•Composition and Music Theory classes
•Presentations by faculty and guests
•Music projects that incorporate nature themes
•Daily chamberensemblerehearsals and coaching
•Special topics seminars
•Opportunities to perform for peers and the virtual audience
•Community service outreach opportunities (with proper social distancing)
•Optional yoga and meditation classes specifically designed for musicians
Important Refund and Other Policies


  1. 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.
  2. Any tuition paid is nonrefundable.
  3. 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.*
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. *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.


Coming soon. You are welcome to call the office at 303-449-1106 or email RRMC@RockyRidge.org for more information.


Oboe students should have the ability to play two-octave scales and should be familiar with or should have worked on some studies from the Barret Oboe Method book.

The following list of pieces should give you an idea of level required for JAS participants:
  • 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.

Audition Requirements

Junior Artist Seminar 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.