Junior Artist Seminar

AGES 13-18*

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 can challenge themselves further through advanced classical repertoire or participation in the concerto competition.

*18 year olds must be within 6 months of graduating from high school at the start of the Junior Artist Seminar.


In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person camps at Rocky Ridge have been cancelled. We are offering a Virtual Junior Artist Seminar for the reduced cost of $775.00. Note the change of date for this program. This program will now run from July 15 to July 26th. You can see our daily schedule for the virtual program here


Fees, Faculty and Schedules


$2,650 (includes lodging and meals)




Piano usage fee for piano majors 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 Shea Clarinet
Grant Larson Saxophone
Daniel Watt Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
David Rife Southwest String Quartet, Violin
Wynne Wong-Rife Southwest String Quartet, Violin
Mary Beth Tyndall Cello, Southwest String Quartet
Ken Marrs Orchestra Conductor, Double Bass
James Welch Collaborative Piano
Derek Granger Choir, Voice
Maggie Polk Olivo Composition
Typical Daily Schedule

7:15am: Breakfast

8:00am: Composition Class 1/Practice/Lessons

9:00am: Composition Class 2/Practice/Lessons

9:50am: Snack

10:00am: Chamber Rehearsal

11:00am: Wind Ensemble/Strings Tech/Practice/Lessons

12:00pm: Lunch

12:45pm: Orchestra (Piano & Voice group class)

2:30pm: Break

4:30pm: Elective Class

5:30pm: Dinner

6:15pm: Practice

7:15pm: Performance Class

8:15pm: Choir

9:15pm: Return to Cabins

9:45pm: Lights-Out


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, audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Supported video file types are avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.

All recordings must be uploaded as part of the online application.