During four weeks of intense study, students receive an education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth, and value. While participating in two weekly private lessons and orchestra concerts, students delve deeply into advanced chamber music and perform for their peers and the public at our historic concert hall and in the community. They may choose, in addition, to participate in a Concerto Competition for a chance to perform with the Young Artist Festival Orchestra, compete in the Chamber Music Competition, attend panel discussions about the music industry, and take part in mock auditions and receive feedback from seasoned orchestral musicians.
*18 year olds must have graduated from high school or equivalent at the start of the Young Artist Seminar.
Fees, Faculty and Schedules
Tuition – $2,750
Lodging & Meals – $1,275
UPGRADES & ADD ONS:
Piano usage fee for piano majors $150
Secondary instrument lessons fee $300
Bedding (optional) $60
All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment.
Registration for 2020 is coming soon!
YAS FacultyInstruments: Flute Education: D.M.A., University of Iowa; M.M., University of Massachusetts
Claudia Anderson is known for her originality and brilliance as a solo and chamber music performer across the U.S. She is a founding member of the innovative flute duo ZAWA! and of New Prairie Camerata, a chamber initiative that showcases a community’s historical and architectural gems through performance and stimulates community participation. A Fulbright scholar to Italy, Ms. Anderson was subsequently principal flute of the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She is presently principal flute with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa, a guest artist and clinician at many colleges and music series around the country, and on the faculty of Grinnell College. She serves also as flute faculty and program director during the summers at Rocky Ridge Music Center (www.rockyridge.org). Equally at home in both the standard and contemporary repertoire, Dr. Anderson has commissioned and arranged works for solo and duo format and has moved into composition more recently. Writing about artistry in flute playing and chamber music as community is a current passion, as well as riding her Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. Other faculty positions have included the Universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa, Ithaca College, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. National Flute Association positions have included Coordinator for the Chamber Music Competition and adjudicator for HS Soloist, Young Artist, and Convention Performers Competitions. Claudia’s artistic and pedagogical inspiration came from the following great artists who were her teachers: Severino Gazzelloni, Thomas Nyfenger, Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett, and Peter Lloyd. Her recorded solo and duo performances can be found on the Centaur, Neuma and CRI labels. Her solo CD, American Flute (Centaur, 1994), was awarded five stars from Classical Pulse. Duo CDs include ZAWA! (Neuma, 2001), ZAWA2 (ZawaMusic, 2006) and Duos for Flute and Oboe (Centaur, 2005).
YAS FacultyInstruments: Oboe Education: B.M., Northwestern University
Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and Senior Instructor of Oboe at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Cooper has also held positions as Associate Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Oboist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States as well as in Asia and Europe.
Peter Cooper strongly believes in expanding the solo repertoire for the oboe. He has commissioned and premiered five oboe concertos. In 2019 he will play a new concerto by Kevin Puts which was co-commissioned by the Colorado and Baltimore Symphonies. In 2000 he premiered the David Mullikin Oboe Concerto with the Colorado Symphony and recorded it in 2001 with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London for Summit Records. The disc also includes the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto. The BBC Classical Music Magazine in its review of this CD praised Mr. Cooper as, “a first-rate soloist”. He previously recorded Swiss composer Heinrich Schweizer’s Oboe Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also premiered concertos by Bill Douglas and Gregory Walker with the Colorado Symphony and Chen Gang with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
In 2000, Summit Records released Mr. Cooper’s Whispers of the Past, a collaboration with harpist Marcia LaBella that garnered critical acclaim. Classical London Magazine lauded the CD as “A well recorded disc with stylish and charming performances.” The American Record Guide wrote, “Mr. Cooper has my favorite type of oboe sound: sweet, not too harsh, no sharp edges, just a melting soft pastoral tone.” Excerpts from this CD are frequently heard on National Public Radio.
Mr. Cooper has been invited to perform as Guest Principal Oboist with many noted ensembles. He has played many times with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has recorded and toured with them. Others include the Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee and San Diego Symphonies, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
A prizewinner in the Tokyo International Oboe Competition, he has been soloist with orchestras in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and England, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony.
He frequently performs and teaches master classes at International Double Reed Society conventions. He has been a Principal Oboist of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has performed as Principal Oboist in the Oregon Bach Festival, St Barth Music Festival, El Paso Chamber Music Festival, and Strings in the Mountains.
Peter Cooper plays on Marigaux oboes; Marigaux, Paris, has sponsored him in a series of master classes and recitals throughout the United States and in Asia.
A 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Cooper studied with Ray Still and Gladys Elliot.
JAS & YAS FacultyInstruments: Oboe, English Horn Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
Jason Lichtenwalter joined the Colorado Symphony as oboist/English hornist in 2002 and has held the same position with the Britt Festival Orchestra since 1998. Besides prior positions with the Dallas Opera Orchestra (Principal), Honolulu Symphony (2nd/Asst Principal, Acting English Horn), and East Texas Symphony (Principal), he has also performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth, and New World symphonies, the Naples and Boulder philharmonics, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and Colorado Bach Ensemble. As a featured soloist, he has appeared on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and earned oboe performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Caldwell and Richard Killmer. He has pursued post-graduate studies with Elaine Douvas, Robert Walters, Mark Ackerman, and David Matthews.
Visiting ArtistInstruments: Oboe, English Horn Education: Walters is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University, where he holds an MFA degree in poetry
Robert Walters joined The Cleveland Orchestra as solo english horn in 2004. He made his concerto debut with the Orchestra in 2006 performing Ned Rorem’s English Horn Concerto, and has subsequently played Peteris Vasks’s English Horn Concerto and, on the oboe d’amore, Bach’s Concerto in A major, BWV1055. In November 2015, he premiered Bernard Rands’s Concerto for English Horn with The Cleveland Orchestra, which had was commissioned for Mr. Walters as part of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Mr. Walters has also appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Beijing Radio Symphony, China Film Philharmonic, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Redlands Symphony, and most recently at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California.
JAS & YAS FacultyInstruments: Clarinet Education: D.M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington; M.M., University of Illinois
David Shea currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Texas Tech University, and is also principal clarinet in the Abilene Philharmonic and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras. He has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the University of Illinois (MM) and Indiana University (DM). His teachers have been Howard Klug, Lawrence McDonald, Eli Eban, James Campbell and Ronald Phillips. Shea has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Brazil and Chile. As a member of Trio Montecino, he recently toured in Belgium, Germany, and the United States to promote the release of their second CD, Nuevo Sonido: Latin- American Trios, which is available on the Eroica Classical Recordings label. Shea has performed at the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfests in Chicago, Columbus, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Kansas City, as well as the OU Clarinet Symposium, University of Montevallo Clarinet Symposium and most recently, at Klarinetstage, Belgium. Shea was a finalist in the Boosey and Hawkes North American Clarinet Competition and was a concerto competition winner at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Colorado Springs Summer Music Festival. In addition to his solo and chamber music performances, Shea has performed as an orchestral musician with the Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Sinfonia de Camera. He has also been involved in numerous CD recording projects for Crystal, Naxos, Delos, Opus One, Indiana University Recordings and Hal Leonard Productions where he worked with such artists as Eugene Rousseau and the Indiana Clarinet Trio. As a teacher, Shea has given master classes throughout the US and South America. He has been invited twice to teach as a sabbatical replacement at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has also participated in a Big 12 Fellowship grant with Dan Silver at CU-Boulder, where innovative teaching pedagogies were discussed and demonstrated during week-long residencies at both campuses. In 2005, Shea was awarded the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and most recently, was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy. David Shea is a Buffet-Crampon USA Performing Artist and is the Texas State Chair for the International Clarinet Association.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Bassoon Education: D.M.A. (in progress), Stony Brook University; M.M. Juilliard School; B.M., University of Southern California
Bassoonist Rémy Taghavi is an active performer and educator in the New York City area with interests spanning classical, jazz and popular music. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, he has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups and festivals across the US, Canada, Ecuador and Japan, and he recently co-founded the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. Other groups with which he has collaborated include the Cape Symphony, American Youth Symphony, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Échappé, the New York Classical Players, SoundMind, Frisson Ensemble and ensemble mise-en, and has been an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship with Ensemble Connect, a two-year program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. That same year he performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner. His teaching positions include roles as bassoon instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and as a faculty in the Evening Division at The Juilliard School, where he teaches music production. In 2018 he will be joining Rocky Ridge Music Center as resident bassoon faculty. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and is a DMA candidate at Stony Brook University. His primary teachers include Frank Morelli, Judith Farmer and Norbert Nielubowski.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Horn Education: D.M.A., B.M., University of Alabama; M.M. Florida State University; Performer's Certificate, Roosevelt University
Dr. John McGuire has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the country, most notably the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida West Coast Symphony.
As a soloist he was awarded the title Yamaha Young Artist, has been a finalist in the American Horn Competition, won several regional solo competitions and has appeared as a guest artist at many workshops, festivals and schools across the United States. With several world-premiere performances to his credit, John is a passionate proponent for the creation of new solo horn literature as well as a sought-after contemporary music performer.
Prior to serving on the faculty of CSU, John served as adjunct instructor of Horn at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Appalachian State University, Texas Women’s University, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Florida A&M University. In addition, John maintained a private studio of over fifty students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area public school systems for many years where he was also a prominent clinician and adjudicator. Today, many of John’s former students have moved into successful careers as music educators in reputable school systems and have attained positions as orchestral performers in premier ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
John received his D.M.A. and B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Alabama, his M.M. in Performance from Florida State University, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His major professors were Charles Skip Snead, William Capps, and Dale Clevenger.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Trumpet Education: M.M., B.M., University of Michigan
Terry Sawchuk is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an orchestral musician, Terry has served as Acting Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony, Principal Trumpet with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he was a member of the nationally renowned Dallas Brass, and he recorded with the ensemble on Dallas Brass II. As a soloist, Terry has performed at several International Trumpet Guild Conferences, the National Trumpet Competition, and at universities, colleges and high schools throughout the United States. In 2000, he performed as soloist with the Ukrainian National Orchestra in Kyiv, Ukraine. Terry has toured with the national Broadway productions of Carousel and Miss Saigon. He has performed with more than fifty jazz and commercial artists in Detroit, Chicago Kansas City and Denver.
Presently Mr. Sawchuk is First Trumpet for the Buell Theater in Denver, and a member of the Colorado Brass Quintet.
Mr. Sawchuk has performed master classes and clinics throughout the United States, and has served as adjudicator for many competitions with the International Trumpet Guild and the National Trumpet Competition. He has also served as a member of the ITG Board of Directors.
Many students of Professor Sawchuk are professional musicians in orchestras, touring bands, and shows across the United States. Several students are teaching trumpet at universities in the U.S. and in Canada, and many other trumpet students are teaching in public school programs across the country.
Mr. Sawchuk has taught at Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and at the University of Kansas. He received his music degrees from the University of Michigan.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Violin Education: B.M. Juilliard
M.M. Yale University
D.M.A. Stony Brook University
Highly sought after as musician with a wide range of styles and interests, violinist Dawn Dongeun Wohn has performed throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Orchestra, performed recitals across the world including Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and Jordan Hall. Her diverse interests have also led her to performances at Electronic Music Midwest, Radio City Hall and international tours with DJ Kid Koala.
Dawn began her musical studiies at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division as a full scholarship student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and continued her undergraduate studies at Juilliard with Hyo Kang. She pursued a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma at Yale University and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University under the direction of Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet.
As an active chamber musician, Dawn has performed at International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove in England, Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea, The Banff Centre, and has held fellowships at Music@Menlo, Aspen Music Festival and School, Norfolk Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, as well as the Juilliard School’s Chamberfest and the New York String Seminar. Notable collaborations include members of the Emerson Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Afiara String Quartet, Colin Carr, Roberto Plano and Christina Dahl.
Currently, Dawn holds the position of String Division Chair, Assistant Professor of Violin at Ohio University’s School of Music. As a guest clinician she has presented at schools such as Ithaca College, CUNY, Bowling Green State University, Kansas University, East Tennessee State University, and has been on faculty of festivals such as the Académie Anglicorde in France, International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy, and Festival de Febrero in Mexico. Her debut album featuring works diverse works by female composers will be released in early 2019 by Delos Records.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Viola Education: M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington; B.M., University of British Columbia
David Rose was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and there began his early musical education and violin study. At the suggestion of his first teacher, Ernest Kassian, David switched to the viola at age 12 and immediately enjoyed the deep, warm sound of this new instrument. A few years later, he became a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. David’s principal teachers have been Gerald Stanick at the University of British Columbia, and Atar Arad at Indiana University, both of whom guided him to a greater love for music and the viola. His interest in orchestral and chamber music led to association with the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and many chamber music series from coast to coast in Canada, including the Vetta Chamber Ensemble in Vancouver, the Ottawa Chamber music Festival and the summer festival of New Brunswick. Upon graduation, David was awarded the position of associate principal viola of the Vancouver Symphony. He served for eight seasons as principal viola of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and violist with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, as well as teaching at the University of Waterloo. Also greatly interested in performance on period instruments, David studied baroque viola with John Sawyer and Stanley Ritchie. He was a member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and performs and tours frequently with Toronto’s Tafelmusik. Most recently, David served as the acting assistant principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony, enjoying involvement in a European tour and the Grammy-winning Mahler symphony recording cycle.
Si-Yan Darren Li
YAS FacultyInstruments: Cello Education: Artist Diploma, M.M., Peabody Conservatory; B.M., Juilliard
Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li made his professional debut at the age of 9 and has since gone on to an international career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. He has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Basilica de San Lorenzo in Florence. Mr. Li has also performed in many renowned music festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, Kronberg Academy Cello Festival and Verbier Festival. An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Emanuel Ax, Alexander Toradze, Thomas Quasthoff, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Ilya Kaler, Carter Brey, Lang Lang as well as the members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Casals and Ébène quartets.
Mr. Li is a prizewinner in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He is also a recipient of the American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For many years, he has served as a jury member of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and New World Symphony International Auditions.
From 2008 to 2009, he served as principal cello of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Having previously taught at Indiana University and University of Central Florida, Mr. Li joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. He is a former member of the Euclid and Cavani quartets. His recording of the Bartók string quartets with the Euclid Quartet was highly praised by Gramophone magazine and American Recording Guide. As a dedicated pedagogue, his students have won top prizes in major international and national competitions, such as the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and Coltman Chamber Music Competition.
Mr. Li began his cello studies at the age of 5 in China. At the age of 9, he was accepted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After moving to the United States in his early teens, he continued his cello studies with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to Orlando Cole, his principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky and David Hardy. His other mentors include Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum and Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi. Mr. Li plays a 1773 cello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.
Benjamin de Kock
YAS Faculty, RRMA Faculty, DenverInstruments: Double Bass Education: BM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
MM in Double Bass Performance, University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music
DMA in Double Bass Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Benjamin received his Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the instruction of professor Albert Laszlo, and his Doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He first came to Colorado in 2002 to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School. After attending the AMFS for several years he decided to move to Colorado in order to pursue his doctorate.
Currently, Dr. Benjamin plays with several orchestras and chamber groups across the United States. He is principal bass of the San Juan Symphony in Durango Co, principal bass with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, assistant principal of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, a guest musician with the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina, assistant 3rd chair with the Greeley Symphony, a section member of the Boulder Philharmonic, and a regular sub the Colorado Symphony. In addition to his busy performing schedule he is also works for El Sistema Colorado (ESC) as a Secondary Strings Teaching Artist, Guest Artist Coordinator, and Arts Community Liaison.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Piano Education: Graduate, Cleveland Institute of Music; Post-graduate Diploma studies in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro
Regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., American pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents. From appearances at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Amati Music Festival and Lincoln Center in New York to concert halls in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, Mr. Teissonnière appears in solo recital, as soloist with orchestra, in duo-piano and chamber music performances in major concert series as well as in radio and television broadcasts throughout the world.
Highlights of the 2018 concert season include solo recital debuts in Munich and Vienna, as well as solo and chamber music performances with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and critically acclaimed performances at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. Recent concert season events include appearances at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Lincoln Center in New York City, a performance for an audience of twenty thousand and a solo recital at the Diayucheng International Music Festival in Chongqing, China, his solo recital debut in Beijing, all-Chopin concerts in Poland, chamber music concerts in Latin America featuring première performances of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Pablo Casals, and a return engagement with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. His 2017-2018 season marked his debut as soloist with orchestra in Beijing, appearances in concert and master classes in New York City, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, as Artist-in-Residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and a solo recital tour of Shaanxi, Henan, Hunan, and Szechuan Provinces in China. In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Teissonnière began two projects: performing the complete Beethoven piano concertos and a series of recitals featuring his piano works toward the composer’s 250th anniversary, and Schubert 2020, his much anticipated traversal of the piano music of Franz Schubert.
During the worldwide Schubert Bicentennial celebrations, Mr. Teissonnière presented a series of critically acclaimed solo recitals dedicated to the works of the Viennese composer. Highly regarded since for his interpretations of the Classical repertoire, he has presented local, regional, American and world première performances of music by 20th century and contemporary composers such as Pablo Casals, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Evan Fein, Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Golijov, Lowell Liebermann, Darius Milhaud, Arvo Pärt and Robert Schumann.
Gerardo Teissonnière combines an active performance schedule with faculty appointments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, and served as Artistic Director of the Piano Department and Artist-in-Residence at the Amati Music Festival in New York. He is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in the field of piano performance and pedagogy, the Judson Smart Living Award in Education, and received multiple nominations for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts.
Mr. Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in Puerto Rico with Cecilia Talavera and Luz Hutchinson. He continued Conservatory studies with Jesús Maria Sanromá and Vitya Vronsky, both pupils of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot, at the Aspen Music Festival with Jeaneane Dowis, in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro, and made his debut as soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony as a laureate in the first Jesús Maria Sanromá Piano Competition. An exclusive Steinway Artist, Mr. Teissonnière is on the Artist Roster of the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation in New York.
Gerardo Teissonnière is in great demand for his mentoring of young musicians, and conducts master classes and piano pedagogy seminars throughout the world. His students have performed as soloists with some of the world’s most important orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, and in solo recital at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other venues. A member of the Artist Faculties at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and Music Fest Perugia in Italy, Gerardo Teissonnière is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2019 Mr. Teissonnière celebrates his 30th anniversary as member of the Piano Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Steinway Immortal Vitya Vronsky Babin.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Collaborative Piano Education: D.M.A., University of Michigan; M.M., Indiana University; B.M. Oberlin College
Andrew Campbell has established himself as one of the most versatile collaborative pianists in the United States with a performing career that has taken him to six continents. Recent appearances include a South African concert tour, highlighted by a recital at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival; a performance of Bach’s keyboard concerto in d minor with the Chintimini Festival Chamber Orchestra; performances at the Miklin Festival Internacional in Bogotá, Columbia; and the world premier of Damian Montano’s Disappearing Moon at the 2017 International Double Reed Society Conference. He has collaborated in recitals with such diverse artists as violinist Chee-Yun, double bassist Catalin Rotaru, flutist Thomas Robertello, bassoonist Judith LeClair, trombonist Charles Vernon, saxophonist Timothy McAllister, composer Bright Sheng, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. He served as opera rehearsal pianist for distinguished conductors André Previn, Plácido Domingo and Heinz Fricke, and worked closely with the composer Carlisle Floyd on several productions of his operas. Chamber music performances have taken him to important venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, where The Strad and Strings magazines both hailed his performance as “excellent.” His partnership with violinist Katherine McLin in the McLin/Campbell Duo has led to performances on numerous recital series throughout the United States and Europe. He has recorded several CDs on the Summit and Centaur labels, and his performance of the Rachmaninoff cello sonata with bassist Catalin Rotaru was cited for special praise by Bass World and XBass, two leading international journals. He has appeared as collaborative pianist at numerous international conferences, including the National Flute Association Convention, MTNA, the Society for American Music, the International Viola Congress, and multiple appearances at the International Double Reed Society, for which he has served as official pianist. Dr. Campbell received the Doctorate in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Michigan where he studied with the renowned collaborative artist Martin Katz.
Dr. Campbell is currently Director of the Collaborative Piano Program and Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the Arizona State University School of Music. He recently completed his 8th season as Assistant Director and Director of Chamber Music for the Saarburg Serenaden Music Festival (Germany) and the Vianden International Music Festival (Luxembourg), performing annually on their faculty recitals in collaboration with colleagues from the United States, Europe and the Asia. Previous positions include Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Brevard Music Center, music staff for both the Washington National Opera and San Diego Opera, and Music Director and Pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Voice Education: M.M., Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music
Lyric Baritone Daniel Ihasz earned a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, along with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Since 1992, he has been a member of the voice faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he is currently Full Professor and former Chair of the Voice Area. In 2013, he was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. An active performer he has performed with the Carolina Chamber Chorale, which debuted at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and completed a new recording of Menotti’s The Unicorn, Gorgon and Manticore (Albany Records). The Carolina Chamber Chorale returned to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and completed two additional recordings including a world premiere by Dan Locklair along with other works by Anthony Davis and Ronald Perrera. Recent highlights include Lee Hoiby’s The Last Letter Home with the composer at the piano, Mozart’s Requiem, The Abduction of Figaro with Peter Schickele and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Hansel & Gretel with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Messiah with the New York State Baroque, several performances of The Telephone, The Mahler Festival in Boulder, Co., The Jumping Frog of Calavaras County (Foss Festival) with the Buffalo Philharmonic and selections from Elijah and The Five Mystical Songs with the Rochester Oratorio Society. Other performances include concerts in Puerto Rico and in Venezuela at the International Canticum Festival as Artist in Residence, Strawberry Fields tour with Glimmerglass Opera, Fiesta de la Posada with Dave Brubeck, the North American premiere of Caedmon by Richard Shepherd with Opera Sacra, Glimmerglass Opera (including the world premiere Central Park taped for PBS – Great Performances), ArtPark, Central City Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fredonia Chamber Players, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Genesee Baroque Players, Madison Opera and Madison Symphony. Mr. Ihasz has been the recipient of several awards, including the 1988-89 Metropolitan Opera Auditions (Milwaukee) and first place in the 1989 Society of American Musician’s Competition (Chicago).
“… The trumpet shall sound, Ihasz delivered the most expressive
performance of the afternoon. … an expression of transcendence and
wonder that eluded most artists.” — Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
“…Ihasz’s strong, well-defined voice providing the best-articulated
performance of the evening.” — Buffalo News
YAS Faculty, ViolinInstruments: Violin Education: Artist Diploma, Franz Liszt Academy - Budapest
ConductorInstruments: Orchestra Conductor Education: D.M.A., State University of New York-Stony Brook
An accomplished conductor, pianist, and educator, Jeffery Meyer launched his career as a champion of contemporary orchestral music and innovative collaborations. He currently holds positions as the Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic as well as the Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University. In recent concert seasons, he has performed as a conductor and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, China, Russia, and Southeast Asia. Called “one of the most interesting and creatively productive conductors working in St. Petersburg” by Sergei Slonimsky, Meyer’s work with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic has been noted for its breadth and innovation. In 2010, he led the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in its United States debut with three performances at Symphony Space’s “Wall-to-Wall” Festival in New York City which the New York Times called “impressive”, “powerful”, “splendid”, and “blazing.” His programming in the United States has been recognized with three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. He has been distinguished in several international competitions and was a prizewinner in the 2008 International Conducting Competition “Antonio Pedrotti” and the winner of the 2013 American Prize in Conducting. Recent and upcoming activities include appearances throughout Southeast Asia including the Tianjin May Festival, the 2016 Singapore International Festival of Music, and concerts with the Philippine Philharmonic, Tianjin Symphony, Sichuan Symphony, and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as appearances with
the Phoenix Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble X, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra, Alia Musica, and the MiNensemblet (Norway).
YAS FacultyInstruments: Orchestra Conductor Education: M.M., Indiana University; B.M., University of California at Berkeley
Adam Flatt, conductor, enjoys a busy and versatile musical presence in three different regions of the United States. He serves as Music Director of the Colorado Ballet, the Newport Symphony (the Oregon coast’s professional orchestra) and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
Adam is well-known for his inspiring work with music students at the highest level. He has served on the faculty of Curtis Summerfest as well as the Rocky Ridge Music Center. He has previously held positions with two of America’s most prominent youth orchestras: the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and conducted a springtime residency of the Landes-Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester Saar. He has led performances with many excellent university and conservatory orchestras.
Adam Flatt has guest conducted the orchestras of Alabama, Cheyenne, Dallas, Delaware, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, Missoula, Monterey, Oregon, Sacramento, Saint Louis, San Juan, Santa Rosa, South Carolina, and many others. He has led performances with the major ballet companies of Portland and Salt Lake City as well as that of Denver. He has led productions for Colorado Light Opera, Eugene Opera, and Colorado Symphony collaborations with Central City Opera and Opera Colorado.
Adam Flatt has his bachelor’s degree with honors in music from the University of California at Berkeley, and his master’s degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music. He studied music for two years in Austria and Germany, and studied at the Aspen Music Festival.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Voice, Voice (classical) Education: B.M.E., Kansas State University
M.M., University of Missouri in Kansas City
M.M., Yale School of Music
A Fredonia voice faculty member since 2013, Brent Weber teaches Applied Voice, Opera Seminar, Opera History and has stage directed many productions including The Merry Widow, for the Hillman Opera and Don Giovani, Little Women, Music Man, Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables Highlights, with Western New York Chamber Orchestra at the Rockefeller Arts Center. In 2019, he will be directing My Fair Lady for the Commencement Eve Pops Concerts.
Weber is equally successful in front of an orchestra or chorus. He has conducted the Chautauqua County All-County Honor Choir and the PMEA Regional Choir, and the Young People’s Chorus in Erie. In higher education he conducted the Edinboro University Singers and Chorale and the Chamber Choir at Mercyhurst University and at Brookdale Community College in Lynhurst, NJ, he initiated their first community choral ensemble. Weber was also the chorus master for the Lyric Orchestra, a grass roots production company that presented operas and chamber works in New York, New Jersey and Florida. With the Lyric Orchestra he directed, sang and conducted for more than 10 years. As General Director of the Erie Opera Theatre, (EOT) he produced and conducted the world premiere opera, The Selfish Giant, 2 years later, he sang the tenor role which was recorded with the Erie Chamber Orchestra. Additional conducting credits with EOT include, La Bohème, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Elixir of Love and Gala Concerts.
As an operatic tenor, Weber has performed many roles. His favorites include the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Rodolfo in La Bohème & Luisa Miller, and Don Carlo in Don Carlo, with the opera companies of St. Louis, Miami, Memphis, Syracuse, Holders Festival in Barbados, New York, Chicago and New Jersey. Featured solo accomplishments in oratorio include, Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Mass in C at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and many duet recitals with his wife, soprano Lisa Layman. His Broadway credits include the “Encores, Great American Musicals” premiere production of Fiorello, with additional productions of Call Me Madame, and Lady in the Dark at City Center in New York. For three years he performed the role of Piangi in, The Phantom of the Opera, Vancouver and Toronto, with Livent National Company of Canada.
When not teaching at Fredonia, Weber can be found in Pittsburgh, PA as Coordinator of Voice and Opera at Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, where he teaches Voice, Vocal Literature, Opera Workshop and Acting for Singers and at Grove City College, where he also teaches Voice.
All students who submit a complete application will be considered for merit scholarship.
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 1.
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 18 to July 14. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2019. 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.
Co-head Counselor: $4,025 (May 29 to June 17 AND July 15 to August 5), 2 positions awarded
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor: $1,750 (May 31 to June 17), up to 6 positions awarded
Junior Music Program: $1,750 (July 15 to July 29), up to 6 positions awarded
Jazz Program Counselor: $850 (July 29 to August 5), up to 3 positions awarded
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.
Junior Artist Seminar Work-Study: $12/hr up to $850 gross earnings, June 2 (arrival between 3pm-9pm) to June 16 (food and housing provided)
Young Artist Seminar Work-Study: $12/hr up to $650 gross earnings, June 17 (arrival between 3pm-9pm) to July 14
Junior Music Program Work-Study: $12/hr up to $850 gross earnings, July 15 to July 28 (food and housing provided)
Jazz Program Work-Study: $12/hr up to $400 gross earnings, July 29 to August 4 (food and housing provided)
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
- Student is not listed as a dependent by parent(s)/guardian on their federal income tax return.
- Student attends school less than full-time or non-student is 19 or older by December 31, 2018.
- 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.
8:30am: Masterclass/Guest Artist
9:30am: Chamber A
10:30am: Chamber B
2:30pm: Chamber C
7:00pm: Performance Class
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. There is also the option to copy YouTube links into the application instead of uploading files.
Young Artist Seminar Concerto Competition Guidelines
The 2020 Concerto Competition is open to all instrumentalists and singers enrolled in the Young Artist Seminar (June 16 to July 12, 2019).
The competition will occur in the following stages and timeline:
- Click “yes” within the Young Artist Seminar (YAS) online application to the question, “Are you interested in competing in the Concerto Competition?”
- Pre-approval Round: please indicate your concerto choice on the online application. Orchestration must be for classical orchestra or subset (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and timpani, strings). You will be notified by April 1 whether your concerto repertoire is approved for the Preliminary Round.
- Preliminary Round: a link will be sent to the contestants to upload an audio or video file (no longer than 15 minutes) of a concerto movement or equivalent. To be considered for the final round, the upload must be completed by May 1. Selected finalists will be notified by May 15.
- Final Round (open to the public): finalists will perform the same concerto/aria/work that was submitted for the Preliminary Round of no longer than 15 minutes at Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall on Saturday, June 20, 2020, with Rocky Ridge staff accompanist. Memorization is required. All piano scores (please no photo copies) must be submitted to the RRMC office by 5 PM on the first day of the Young Artist Seminar on June 16.
- The winner will perform with the Young Artist Festival Orchestra at 3:30 PM on Friday, June 26, 2020, or Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall in Estes Park, CO.
Registration for 2020 is coming soon!
All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment.