Young Artist Seminar

AGES 18-24

We are planning for a reduced enrollment seminar capped at 30 students at any given time and will be postponing large ensembles (including choir and orchestra) until 2022 in order to safely provide summer residential music programs. We will continue to follow the most current CDC, State, and County guidelines and recommendations for camp opening and safety. Please note that we are only accepting applications for violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and collaborative piano at this time.  Please see the tab below for policies concerning refunds and other COVID-19 related issues.  

During two or four weeks of intensive study, students receive a musical education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth, and value. In addition to two weekly private lessons, Students delve deeply into advanced chamber music with coaching by world-class musicians including an opportunity to be coached by a founding member of the Takács Quartet, take twice-weekly private lessons, perform for their peers, and live stream to the public. Students may choose to compete in the Chamber Music Competition, attend interactive panel discussions with music industry leaders, take part in mock auditions to receive feedback from seasoned orchestral musicians, and participate in a mentorship program with professionals from other fields for whom music is an integral part of their lives.

*New This Year*

Students may choose to attend a Half Session of the Young Artist Seminar. Please indicate your choice of session on your application form. 

Half Session 1: 6/1 – 6/13 || Half Session 2: 6/14 to 6/27 || Full Session: 6/1 to 6/27



Fees, Faculty and Schedules

  • Full Session: $4,250 (includes lodging and meals)
  • Half Session: $2,125 (includes lodging and meals)
  • $85
  • Piano usage fee for piano majors is $150
  • Secondary instrument lessons fee is $300
  • 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.  Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment.


Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
David Shea Clarinet
Dawn Wohn Violin
Claude Sim Violin
What You Can Expect
As part of our 2021 Young Artist Seminar, you can expect:
  • Twice-weekly 60-minute private lessons
  • Studio classes
  • Masterclasses featuring internationally renowned artists
  • Score study: in-depth work on chamber and orchestral scores to prepare the student for auditions and performances
  • Mock Auditions
  • Lectures and workshops by faculty and guests
  • Professional development seminars
  • Special topics seminars
  • Ample performance opportunities for peers and virtual audience
  • Music technology instruction aimed at expanding understanding of both audio and visual hardware and software that can enhance the musician’s readiness for new learning and performance parameters
  • Optional wellness activities including yoga, hiking, Alexander Technique, and meditation
  • Optional secondary instrument lessons
  • Participation in a professional mentorship program that extends beyond this summer program
Important Refund and Other Policies
  1. If you applied and were accepted to a program last year, you do not need to reapply for that same program. Please let us know as soon as possible about your desire to attend the 2021 program in question.
  2. 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.
  3. Any tuition paid is nonrefundable.
  4. 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.*
  5. As a safeguard during this uncertain time, you are required to purchase a third party tuition and travel insurance plan which will protect your investment should a student choose to cancel ahead of time or is unable to complete the camp. We have partnered with Travel Insured International, which comes highly recommended by AM Skier, Rocky Ridge’s insurance provider. Regardless of which insurance company you choose, please provide proof of insurance prior to making your final tuition payment to Rocky Ridge.
  6. 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 $85 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Financial Aid

Merit Scholarship

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.

Need-based Financial Aid

Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment (counselors and work-study) to students accepted into the Young Artist Seminar. To apply for need-based financial aid, complete the Financial Aid form on Young Artist Seminar application, upload an audition recording, and submit the appropriate tax documentation.

Students listed as dependents must submit their parent(s)/guardian’s most recent income tax return. Financial aid applications will not be considered without this information and priority is given to complete applications (including attachment and audition) submitted by March 15, 2021.


Counselors are Young Artist Seminar (YAS) students who supervise, reside with, and mentor up to eight students under age 18 during the programs preceding or following the Young Artist Seminar. Counselors are not on duty during the four weeks of the Young Artist Seminar, June 16 to July 12. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2020. You may also apply for more than one counselor position. Applicants must be age 20 or older on the first day of their counselor duty.

Counselor Positions

Co-head Counselor
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor
Junior Music Program
Jazz Program Counselor


Work-study recipients are Young Artist students who are given additional job responsibilities that may include janitorial, kitchen crew, stage set-up, or grounds upkeep. Work-study positions are paid hourly; students can expect to work approximately 2 hours per day during the Young Artist Seminar and more during the other programs. You can apply for one or more positions. Applicants must be age 18 or older on the first day of their work-study duty.

Work-study Positions:

Junior Artist Seminar Work-Study

Young Artist Seminar Work-Study

Junior Music Program Work-Study

Jazz Program Work-Study

Important Note

Shortly after notification of financial aid award, counselors and work-study students will receive a detailed agreement specifying arrival and departure times for their choice of work schedule. We highly recommend you do not make travel arrangements without consulting the financial aid award agreement and/or consulting with our office at 303-449-1106. All amounts listed represent total gross income before any applicable taxes.

Guidelines for Financial Independence Based on IRS Information

  1. Student is not listed as a dependent by parent(s)/guardian on their federal income tax return.
  2. Student attends school less than full-time or non-student is 19 or older by December 31, 2020.
  3. Student receives less than half of total support per year from parent(s)/guardian. This includes tuition, clothing, medical care, insurance, etc. If you meet all the guidelines for financial independence based on the guidelines above, please submit a copy of your most recent federal income tax return.

If you do not meet all the guidelines for financial independence based on the guidelines above, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s most recent federal income tax return with your application.

Typical Daily Schedule
*Subject to change*

7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Lessons/Practice

10:30am: Chamber Rehearsals/Coaching

12:00pm: Lunch

2:30pm: Masterclass/Special Topics Seminar

3:30pm: Lessons/Practice

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm: Performance Class/Studio Class

Audition Requirements

Applications for Summer 2021 will be available on January 15, 2021. 

Young Artist Program applicants must submit a recorded audition to complete their application for admission and be considered for merit scholarship or other financial aid.

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.

  • February 15, 2021 – Early Bird Discount of $100 applied towards tuition
  • March 15, 2021- Deadline to be considered for scholarships and need-based work study programs
  • After March 15, 2021 – Application accepted on space available basis