Faculty members guide students to develop their unique musical talents in a supportive and inspirational community. The camp curriculum is varied, comprehensive, and fun: students immerse themselves in music through private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestra, choir, jazz improvisation classes, and more. All students participate in creating an original musical theater piece by working together as composers, cast members, pit musicians, and visual artists.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person camps at Rocky Ridge have been cancelled. Instead we are offering a Virtual Junior Music Program that will take place on July 14 through July 26, 2020 for the reduced cost of $775.00. Please see this document for the proposed daily schedule.
Fees, Faculty and Schedules
$2,500 (includes lodging and meals)
UPGRADES & ADD ONS:
Piano usage fee for piano majors: $75.
Secondary instrument lessons fee: $150.
Bedding (optional): $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.
JAS Faculty, JMP 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 & JMP Faculty, JAZZ Program DirectorInstruments: Saxophone 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 Colorado-based 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, is the wind ensemble conductor for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, and serves on the faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center.
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 recently produced a collaborative album (Ascent) of original jazz compositions with fellow musicians Greg Tanner Harris, Matt Fuller, Braun Khan, and Dave Hammond. He also 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.
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 Faculty, JMP FacultyInstruments: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba Education: M.M., Northwestern University; B.M., University of Denver
Daniel Watt, a native of Colorado, is an active freelance musician across the Front Range. Mr. Watt serves as principal trombonist with the Fort Collins Symphony, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, and the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, and is second trombonist with the Cheyenne Symphony.
Mr. Watt joined the faculty of the University of Wyoming in 2016 as instructor of trombone and euphonium, and maintains a private studio.
Mr. Watt received his Master’s of Music from Northwestern University where he studied with Michael Mulcahy and Peter Ellefson, and his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Denver where he studied with Dr. Joseph Martin and Warren Deck.
JAS & JMP 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 & 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).
Mary Beth Tyndall
JAS & JMP 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.
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.
JMP FacultyInstruments: Piano Education: D.M.A., M.M., University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music
Nathan Hess has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. He has soloed with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent recital appearances and masterclasses have included the American Liszt Society Festival; The Americas Society in New York City; College Music Society Northeast Regional Conference; The Second Sunday Recital Series in Binghamton, NY; The Southwest String Quartet in Tucson, AZ; University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; Duke University; Bowling Green State University; West Chester University; Morgan State University; Buffalo Piano Teachers Forum; Randolph College; Duquesne University; the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania; and the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Pittsburgh.
Hess holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University, where he was named a Presser Scholar. He has performed in chamber music settings with members of orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Hess has also acted as orchestral pianist with the Erie Philharmonic.
Dr. Hess is especially interested in twentieth and twenty-first century American music. He has presented on Ned Rorem’s music for the College Music Society Northeast Regional Conference, and made his NYC debut at the Americas Society in Lukas Foss’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. For five years Hess chaired the piano program at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in Erie, teaching piano to some of the state’s most talented pre-college students. He performed in and produced a set of recordings for the textbook Harmony in Context, published by McGraw-Hill and written by Miguel Roig-Francoli. In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Hess is active in Music Teachers National Association and also adjudicates frequently throughout the region and East Coast. He currently is the Mary A. Spadafor Endowed Chair of Music in the D’Angelo Department of Music and Associate Professor of Piano at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where in 2018 he received an award for excellence in faculty scholarship. He can be heard on the Centaur label in a recording with flutist Susan Royal and in a recording of Bach arias produced by the International Trumpet Guild.
JMP FacultyInstruments: Choir, Voice Education: D.M.A., M.M., University of Arizona; B.M., George Mason University
Scott Glysson is the Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia. Glysson has been recognized for his achievements in conducting in both the choral and orchestral genres. As the conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he has performed both nationally and internationally. Under his leadership as the Artistic Director of The Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the group’s excellence was recognized through an invitation to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in March of 2014. As an undergraduate, he received the George Mason University College of Fine Arts award for Outstanding Music Student for his achievements in the area of choral and orchestral conducting. As a graduate student, Dr. Glysson was honored as one of eight finalists from across the country to compete in the National Choral Conducting Competition sponsored by The American Choral Directors Association.
Previously, Glysson served as Assistant Director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. While living in Northern Virginia he held the position of Director of Music at Floris United Methodist Church and teaching positions at several high schools in the Washington, D.C. area. He also served as the Artistic Director and founder of the Floris Concert Series, where he organized and conducted major-work charity concerts with chorus and orchestra. He has also held the position of Assistant Conductor of The Reston Chorale, one of the Washington, D. C., area’s most celebrated choruses.
An active scholar and educator, Glysson has presented and published in the fields of music education and musicology. In 2011 he was honored with the privilege to present his research on the motets of the medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society. As a board member of the Arizona State Chapter of The American Choral Directors Association, he has published several articles and reviews. Glysson’s dissertation and current research is focused on the choral motets of Camille Saint-Saëns and the 19th century Cecilian movement.
Glysson holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from The University of Arizona. He also holds an MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, and a BM in Music Education from George Mason University.
RRMA Faculty, BoulderInstruments: Clarinet Education: D.M.A., CU Boulder; M.M., University of Northern Colorado; B.M., CU Boulder
Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He holds a DMA from the University of Colorado and his teachers include Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Jon Manasse.
An active orchestral player, Mr. Toohey currently holds the positions of Principal clarinetist in the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinetist in the Fort Collins Symphony, Wyoming Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed across the US, Europe, and in Asia, and recently recorded his first solo cd, entitled Scenes from Home, premiere recordings of new music by Colorado composers.
Kellan has received numerous awards, including winning 2nd Prize in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition (2013 Assisi, Italy), 1st Prize and audience choice award in the University of Colorado Ekstrand Graduate Performance competition, 1st Prize in the University of Northern Colorado Concerto competition and Angie Southard Performance Competition, and was also the winner of the Colorado College Summer Festival and Greeley Chamber Orchestra concerto competitions. In November 2016 he made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City.
In addition to his performing and teaching work, Kellan enjoys active involvement in his church, composing music, reading, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
RRMA FacultyInstruments: Oboe Education: B.M., St. Olaf College
Kim has lived in Boulder since 2001. She moved here from Chicago, where she played in numerous orchestras throughout the whole metro area. She taught at North Park University and Valparaiso University, as well as private students in her home. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and continued her studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and in Cleveland with John Mack, principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She currently serves as Principal Oboe of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and 2nd Oboe of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing in a freelance capacity with various groups across the Front Range. In addition to her musical activities, Kim serves on the St. Olaf College Alumni Board, has a passion for health and nutrition on both the physical and spiritual level, and is an avid Colorado Rockies fan!
JAS & JMP FacultyInstruments: Guitar Education: Guitar Workshop in Oyster Bay, NY
MM - State University of New York at Stony Brook
Born into a musical family and raised in Brooklyn NY, Pat’s earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Following in his footsteps, he played popular music in dance and club bands throughout the city. He began intensive study in classical guitar with Jerry Willard and Edgard Dana, at the Guitar Workshop in Oyster Bay, NY. He received his M. Mus. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1981. The same year, he had the honor of performing for the legendary guitarist, Andres Segovia, in Granada, Spain. Other teachers and coaches have included Alexandre Lagoya, Angel Romero and Timothy Walker.
IN 2015, he was accepted into the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Certificte Program. Through this program, Pat assesses the achievements of guitar students of all ages throughout Canada and the United States. He has been teaching guitar and IB Music at the United Nations International School in New York and has been on the faculties of Long Island University, Dowling College and The Edna Manley College Of The Visual And Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
His recordings include a CD of music for flute and guitar, “Hill of Slane –Psalms, Sonatas and Sojourns” (2008) and also a CD of guitar duos, Catgut Flambo, with guitarist Harris Becker (1999). His books,“101 Tips and Tricks for Acoustic Guitar” and “Learn Folk Guitar with the Music of John Denver” are published by Cherry Lane Music. In addition, Pat has written extensively for the online publication, Guitar Connoisseur.
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.
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
There is no entry audition required for the Junior Music Program; however, as part of their application all students must upload video files for ensemble placement purposes and to be considered for merit scholarships.
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.