In two weeks of intense immersion in music, students hone their skills and develop their unique musical voices through composition, ensembles, performance, and private tutorials. Additionally, students collaborate to compose a new orchestral work for the final concert. Opportunities for growth are unparalleled: students may elect to explore jazz improvisation or fiddling, and can challenge themselves further through advanced classical repertoire or participation in the concerto competition.
Fees, Faculty and Schedules
UPGRADES & ADD ONS:
Piano usage fee for piano majors $75
Secondary instrument fee $85
Bedding (optional) $50
All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships.
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 from 2010-2015, she performed Afternoon of a Faun at Myerhoff Symphony Hall under the direction of Louis Langree, and toured Carnegie Hall with the BSO. 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 music with 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 www.catherinepeterson.com.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Oboe, Bassoon Education: D.M.A., M.M., CU Boulder
Dr. Rebecca Mindock is the Associate Professor of Double Reeds at the University of South Alabama. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder, from which she also has a Master of Music degree. She earned bachelors degrees in Music and English Literature from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Mindock is currently principal oboist of the Gulf Coast Symphony and the Wyoming Symphony, and plays English horn and oboe with the Mobile Symphony and section oboe with the Pensacola Symphony. She has previously held chairs with the Victoria Symphony in Texas and the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, and has also performed with the Meridian Symphony, the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Denver Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Western Nebraska Chamber Players, Colorado Mahlerfest, and the Colorado Symphony. She recently performed in Tokyo, Japan at the 2015 International Double Reed Society conference and as a soloist and clinician with the 2016 Cusco Music Festival “Armando Guevara Ochoa” in Peru. Recordings featuring Dr. Mindock are available on both Flying Frog Music and Centaur Records, including her CD of music for oboe, bassoon and piano as a member of the Three Wood Trio and her upcoming CD with Trebuchet, the faculty woodwind trio at the University of South Alabama. Her primary teachers include Peter Cooper, James Brody, Sherie Aguirre, and Nancy Brown.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Clarinet Education: D.M.A., University of Southern California; M.M., University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music
Internationally-renowned artist Jeremy Reynolds has performed on six continents, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music after performing as Principal Clarinetist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Clarinet with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarFest, Clarimania (Poland), ClariBogota (Colombia), Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, One Month Festival (South Korea), International Alliance for Women in Music, University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, International Double Reed Society and the National Flute Association. He has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. Reynolds has won awards at the Coleman and Carmel National Chamber Music Competitions, collaborating with Itzhak Perlman, Don Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Stefan Milenkovich, and Merry Peckham. He has been invited to teach in some of the world’s most renowned music conservatories, including the Versailles Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Spain, as well as Soochow University and Tainan University of the Arts in Taiwan. Reynolds is a Buffet Group Performing Artist/Clinician and Lomax Classic Mouthpiece Performing Artist.
JAS & JMP Faculty, JAZZ Program DirectorInstruments: Saxophone, Wind Ensemble Conductor Education: 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 Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. Grant currently serves as the Saxophone Practicing Artist at Denver School of the Arts, and wind ensemble conductor for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras. Equally comfortable in both classical and jazz settings, Grant has performed on stage with notable artists such as Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Art Lande, Brad Goode, Johannes Weidenmueller, Peter Erskin, Ray Charles, Ignacio Berroa, and “Slammin” Sammy K. He has released two jazz albums of original compositions under the Dazzle Recordings label (Denver, CO). Grant holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a Master of Music from the University of Colorado; and a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College. Previously, he served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia College, and the Boulder Arts Academy. For more information, please visit www.grantblarson.com.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Trumpet Education: B.A., CU Boulder
Dawn Kramer is a freelance trumpet player in the Denver area. She is currently a member of the Boulder Brass, the Darren Kramer Organization, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. She is second trumpet at the Buell Theatre. She has subbed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Denver Brass, and many regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.
As a Colorado native, Ms. Kramer attended the University of Colorado. She has toured as lead trumpet aboard several cruise lines, a Miami-based salsa band, as well as the internationally acclaimed rock band, Matchbox Twenty. These travels took her across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Mexico. She has appeared on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, the Rosie O’Donnell show, and VH1 Storytellers.
She has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Colorado Music Educators Association conventions.
Ms. Kramer teaches privately and is a staff member of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and the Colorado Honor Band Association.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Trumpet Education: 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 and has presented master classes there and at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. In 1999 Williams was a featured soloist with the University of Northern Colorado Symphonic Band, and he regularly performs with orchestras throughout Colorado, Cheyenne and New Mexico. An active private instructor and clinician, he has been teaching in the Loveland, Boulder and Denver areas for over a decade. He currently maintains a large private studio and lives in Littleton with his wife, son, and daughter.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Southwest String Quartet, Violin Education: 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 Quartet. David moved to Tucson in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he is presently the Assistant Concertmaster. He is a dedicated violin teacher and first violinist of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and the Southwest String Quartet. The Southwest String Quartet is very active throughout the State of Arizona as performers and clinicians. In the summer of 2007 the quartet was invited to be the quartet in residence at the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Festival. In 2005 David was awarded the teacher of the year of the state of Arizona by the American String Teachers Association. His students have won local and statewide competitions and are presently attending major music schools throughout the country.
JAS & JMP 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).
José Leonardi Moore
JMP FacultyInstruments: Violin Education: D.M.A., University of Arizona; M.M., University of Akron; B.M., Puerto Rico Conservatory
Violinist and violist José Leonardi Moore born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has served as a violinist and violist in different orchestras such as The Akron Symphony, Akron Baroque, Cleveland Opera Circle, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Warren Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Puerto Rico Philharmonic orchestras, among others. Dr. Moore is the Second Prize Winner at the 2009 Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona, Second Prize Winner at the 2006 Tuesday Musical Competition in Ohio, First Prize Winner at The University of Akron Concerto Competition 2006; First Prize Winner at the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concerto Competition 2003, and awarded several other prizes in other competitions besides being awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Strings 2006 and 2007, at the University of Akron, Ohio. Dr. Moore also performed in masterclasses for Ernest Salem, Axel Strauss, Elmar Oliveira, Linda Sinanian, among others. Summer festivals he has attended include FOSJA (Puerto Rico), Stony Brook (NY), Academie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer” (France) and Meadowmount (NY). In 2005 he was chosen to represent his native Country, Puerto Rico, to be part of the Latin America Youth Orchestra in Venezuela under the baton of the great Claudio Abbado. Dr. Moore earned his Bachelors of Music Performance degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory where he studied with Dr. Francisco Cabán, Dara Morales and Henry Hutchinson. He also holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Akron in Ohio, where he studied violin and viola with Prof. Alan Bodman, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona where he was teaching assistant to Prof. Mark Rush. He currently teaches the Suzuki and Traditional Methods, is the first violinist of the Sheherazade String Quartet, teacher for the TUSD, orchestra teacher at the Waldorf School, member of the Tucson Pops Orchestra, substitute violinist for the Tucson Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and Co-Concertmaster of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra.
JAS & JMP Program DirectorInstruments: Composition, Southwest String Quartet, Viola Education: 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. She has a Bachelor of Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Musical Arts in Viola and Composition from Yale University. She studied the violin with Rafael Bronstein, viola with Walter Trampler and composition with James Drew and Yehudi Wyner. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant for further study in London. Ilona’s compositions include a series of musical dramatizations of Susan Lowell’s children’s books such as the “Three Little Javelinas.” These compositions feature the TSO string quartet performing as soloists with the orchestra. Every year one of these musical stories is the main composition on the TSO’s week long KinderKonzert series. In addition to the Young Composer’s Project, Ilona is actively involved as a music
educator in Tucson. She has created a class of Kinder Komposition for the very young student, been an instructor in Tucson’s “Opening Minds through the Arts” program and taught creative composition classes in Arizona residencies. She teaches and performs at over thirty schools in the Tucson area each year. Previously she had been on the New College (Sarasota, Florida) faculty teaching music theory and composition. Her other compositions have been performed in the United States and Europe, with a premiere of her composition “Mladost” at London’s Wigmore Hall. Ilona has been the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Composer’s Project instructor for the past eight years. The class is a living laboratory of music composition that has several hundred alumni. Many have continued as composition majors at the college level and have been winners and finalists in the Morton Gould ASCAP Foundation awards. The Young Composer’s Project is a unique and nationally recognized program that has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant for the last four years and was lauded last year by cellist YoYo Ma.
Mary Beth Tyndall
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: 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.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Orchestra Conductor, Double Bass Education: 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 Symphony Orchestras as well as the Arizona Opera Company and Tucson Chamber Artists, where he also has performed as a vocalist. He received his master’s in choral conducting under Maurice Skones at the University of Arizona. Ken has taught music and performed with orchestras on four continents. He played electric bass in a 13 piece band that accompanied the Artifact Dance Ensemble’s tour of China. Ken has taught orchestra, choir, concert band, jazz band, music discovery and guitar at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He has directed youth, adult, church and community choirs in Michigan, Indiana and Arizona. The orchestras at Sahuaro High School where he has taught for the last decade have received high ratings (Superior with Distinction) at state festivals and competitions. His ensembles travel for clinics with university professors from throughout the southwest annually. His students have won competitions and played with local orchestras. Ken enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, yoga, camping, and the outdoors.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Piano Education: M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington; B.M., National Conservatory of Music – Argentina
Marina and Fred Hammond made their debut as a duo in 1991 at the Fifth Latin American Music Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. Since then, they have been committed to promoting contemporary piano music. The Hammonds have given recitals and played with orchestra in the United States, Argentina, Venezuela, and Spain. In 2014, the duo released their CD, FireProof, sponsored by Indiana University and produced by the Latin American Music Center, Jacobs School of Music. The summer of 2017 will be the Hammonds’ 14th summer teaching at Rocky Ridge.
JAS FacultyInstruments: Piano Education: M.M., B.M., Juilliard
Fred Hammond, born in Venezuela, is currently teaching piano at the Young Pianists Program of the Indiana University and IUPUI Music Academy. He has played in Spain, France, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the United States. Together with his wife Marina Beretta-Hammond, the Hammonds made their debut as a duo in 1991 at the V Latin-American Music Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. The Hammonds have played at the IX Contemporary Music Festival in Alicante, Spain and in the Chamber Music series at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. They have toured Argentina repeatedly, playing in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba and Concepcion. The Duo has given many performances as recitalists and with orchestra in the United States, Venezuela, Spain and Argentina.
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Collaborative Piano Education: 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 Lyric Arts performing ensembles’ tour of the Marche region of Italy in collaboration with the Postacchini String Quartet, and master classes at the Conservatorio G.B. Pergolesi (Fermo, Italy) with Tenor, Giuseppe Sabatini. During the summer seasons James has served on the faculties for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI), The New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Program (Fredonia, NY) and the Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), as an accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists on repertoire including art songs, opera, musical theater, choral, jazz, pop, and instrumental. As a soloist, James was a Second Prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International Piano Competition (New York, NY), and has appeared in master classes and performed at SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY), SUNY Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), Portland, Oregon, and Ambialet, France. James holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Fredonia. He has spent the past two summers studying piano with Paul Roberts from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, at his summer festival in Ambialet, France.
8:00am: Composition Class 1/Practice/Lessons
9:00am: Composition Class 2/Practice/Lessons
10:00am: Chamber Rehearsal
11:00am: Wind Ensemble/Strings Tech/Practice/Lessons
12:45pm: Orchestra (Piano & Voice group class)
4:30pm: Elective Class
7:15pm: Performance Class
9:15pm: Return to Cabins