Young Artist Seminar

AGES 18*-24

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.

MORE INFORMATION

Fees, Faculty and Schedules

TUITION AND FEES
TUITION:

Tuition – $2,750
Lodging & Meals – $1,275

APPLICATION FEE:

$85

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!

FACULTY
Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
Robert Walters Oboe, English Horn
David Shea Clarinet
Dawn Wohn Violin
Benjamin de Kock Double Bass
Andrew Campbell Collaborative Piano
Jeffery Meyer Orchestra Conductor
Adam Flatt Orchestra Conductor
Brent Weber Voice, Voice (classical)
Financial Aid

Merit Scholarship

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

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.

Counselor Positions

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

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: $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)

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, 2018.
  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

7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Masterclass/Guest Artist

9:30am: Chamber A

10:30am: Chamber B

12:00pm: Lunch

2:30pm: Chamber C

3:45pm: Orchestra

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm: Performance Class

Audition Requirements

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.

Concerto Competition Guidelines

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:

  1. Click “yes” within the Young Artist Seminar (YAS) online application to the question, “Are you interested in competing in the Concerto Competition?”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Deadlines

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.