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 twice-weekly private lessons and two full 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, explore traditional music from around the world, and attend panel discussions about the music industry led by experienced professionals. Young Artist composers are given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and recorded by faculty musicians.
Rocky Ridge will be holding live auditions for the Young Artist Seminar; click here for a list of dates and cities.
Fees, Faculty and Schedules
UPGRADES & ADD ONS:
Piano usage fee for piano majors $150
Secondary instrument fee $285
Bedding (optional) $50
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.
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
Recognized for his flexible tone and warm, singing style, Peter Cooper is in demand as a soloist and teacher in Asia, Europe and the United States. Principal oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Cooper also held positions as associate principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony and principal oboist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. A strong believer in expanding the solo repertoire for the oboe, Cooper has commissioned and premiered five oboe concertos. In 2000 he premiered David Mullikin’s 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. This disc also includes Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto.
In its review of this CD, BBC Music Magazine praised Cooper as, “a first rate soloist.” In addition to this recording, Cooper previously recorded Swiss composer Heinrich Schweizer’s Oboe Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also premiered concertos by Bill Douglas and Gregory Walker with the Colorado Symphony, and Chen Gang’s Oboe Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 2010 the Shanghai Philharmonic invited him to Shanghai to perform Chen Gang’s Oboe Concerto as part of the Shanghai International Arts Festival. . In 2000 Summit Records released Cooper’s Whispers of the Past, a collaboration recording with harpist Marcia LaBella that garnered critical acclaim. Classical London Magazine lauded the CD as “a well recorded disc with stylish and charming performances,” and the American Record Guide critic stated, “Mr. Cooper has my favorite type of oboe sound: sweet, not too harsh, no sharp edges, just a melting soft pastoral tone.” Excerpts from Whispers of the Past are frequently heard on National Public Radio. Invited to perform as guest principal oboist with many noted ensembles, Cooper frequently plays with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including tours and recordings. Others noted ensembles with which he has performed as guest principal oboist include the Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee and San Diego symphonies, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
A prizewinner in the Tokyo International Oboe Competition, he performed as soloist with orchestras in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and England, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony. He has been a frequent soloist with the Colorado Symphony. In 1988 he played the first performance of the Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto in China with the Central Philharmonic in Beijing. He has coached and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra in the Far East and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Since 2001, he has performed as principal oboist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, and he has performed as principal oboist in the Oregon Bach Festival, St. Barth Music Festival, El Paso Chamber Music Festival and Strings in the Mountains. Cooper plays on oboe made by Marigaux, Paris, Marigaux has sponsored him in a series of master classes and recitals in the United States and overseas in Hong Kong, Japan and China. A 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, Peter Cooper studied with Ray Still and Gladys Elliot.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Oboe, English Horn Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
Jason Lichtenwalter plays oboe and English horn with the Colorado Symphony in Denver and the Britt Festival Orchestra in southern Oregon. Previous positions include Acting Principal Oboe with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal/2nd Oboe with the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed as oboist and English hornist with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony.
Jason has appeared as a featured soloist on oboe (Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2/Honolulu Symphony), oboe d’amore (Bach Concerto in A/Up Close and Musical Fine Arts Series), and English horn (Copland Quiet City/Colorado Symphony and Texas Wind Symphony).
He has served as interim faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder as well as Artist-Faculty at the Taller de Oboe Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During 2011-2012, he presented master classes at the University of Oregon-Eugene, the University of Wyoming-Laramie, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Texas-Austin, and the State University of New York-Potsdam.
He received performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Caldwell and Richard Killmer, respectively.
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.
Yu-Ting (Tina) Su
YAS FacultyInstruments: Horn Education: D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook; M.M., Juilliard
A native of Taiwan, Tina Su is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Northern Iowa. From 2000-2006, she was the third horn with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. She has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and Russia. Su made her debut as a soloist with the HSNU High School Chamber Orchestra in Taiwan at the age of 15. Besides orchestral performances and solo recitals, Su has been an active chamber musician. She is a co-founder of the Wonder Horns, a horn quartet based in Taiwan. She has performed with the Miró String Quartet and Boston Brass, and has appeared at the Taiwan Connection Music Festival and the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival. Since joining the faculty of University of Northern Iowa, she has frequently performed with the Northwind Quintet and the Northern Brass Quintet. In addition to her work as a performer, Su has been an active clinician, lecturing and performing at universities and high schools in the U.S., China and Taiwan. She was a faculty member at Tung Hai University and the National Tainan College of Arts in Taiwan from 2000-2006. Su earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate. She received a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the Juilliard School and her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Si-Yuan Zuang, Verne Reynolds, Peter Kurau, and William Purvis. She has studied chamber music with the New York Woodwind Quintet and the American Brass Quintet. Passionate about expanding the horn repertoire, Su has premiered pieces for horn and other instruments composed by Reynolds, Tsai, Lu, Schwabe, and Askim. She also arranged several volumes of art songs for horn and piano; the first volume, Three Bizet Songs for Horn and Piano, was published through Veritas Musica in the fall of 2011. Her solo album Watercolors: Art Songs for Horn and Piano was released in the fall of 2014.
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
Nationally recognized violinist Erik Peterson is a member of the Colorado Symphony and Ivy Street Ensemble. An active teacher in the Denver Metro area, Erik has a large studio of talented violinists and continues to pursue excellence on the violin for both himself and his students!
Erik is dedicated to chamber music performance and community outreach. He frequently visits Colorado schools to engage students in the art of chamber music performance with a variety of ensembles. A longtime member of the Ivy Street Ensemble, Erik also performs across the state with cellist Barbara Thiem, and pianist Theodore Lichtmann as part of the Mendelssohn Trio. His performances are often broadcast on Performance Today, Colorado Public Radio, and Oregon Public Radio.
In addition to his commitments to violin and chamber music performance, Erik Peterson is the Artistic Director of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (www.chintimini.org) in Corvallis, Oregon and Front Range Chamber Players (www.frontrangechamberplayers.org) in Fort Collins, Colorado. His role in these two organizations allows him to promote the art of chamber music to a wide audience.
While attending the University of Iowa, Erik studied violin peformance with Leapold LaFosse. He continued violin studies with Andres Cardenes at the University of Michigan and with Camilla Wicks at Rice University. Erik has been a member of many orchestras throughout the United States, and has performed in the great concert halls of Europe as Principal Second Violinist of the American Sinfonietta on several international tours.
Erik maintains a private home teaching studio and has also taught for Colorado State University, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Denver School of the Arts, and he is frequently engaged to give master classes. Each June, Erik travels to Oregon to enjoy the Pacific Ocean and for the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, which he co-founded in 2001.
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 has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at many renowned concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Concert Hall (Taipei), and the Basilica de San Lorenzo (Florence). He has also performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, and the Verbier Festival.
Mr. Li is a prizewinner in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He was also a recipient of the “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Li holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute. His principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky, and David Hardy. Having previously taught at Indiana University-South Bend and the University of Central Florida, Mr. Li joined the award-winning Cavani Quartet and the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. For many years, he has served as a jury member of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the New World Symphony International Auditions. Mr. Li plays a 1773 cello by G. B. Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Piano Education: D.M.A., M.M., University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music
Steinway Artist Dr. Lei Weng was hailed as “the exceptionally brilliant Chinese pianist” in his Seattle debut performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto with the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra. New York Concert Review acclaimed Lei Weng at his Carnegie Hall sold-out debut as “a colorist of exemplary control.” Regarding his return to Carnegie Hall two months later by immediate re-invitation, New York Concert Reviews remarked, “Weng displayed a powerhouse technique and provided good contrast with delicate moments.” Dr. Weng has performed at many prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York; Phillips Collections in Washington, D.C.; Chicago Culture Center; Beijing Music Hall; Taichung National Symphony Hall and Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Taiwan; Banff Center in Canada; Campana Theater in Italy; the Tanglewood Music Festival; the TCU Cliburn Institute; and the Messiaen Festival. As a frequent orchestral soloist, Dr. Weng has appeared with orchestras in Cincinnati, Seattle, Indiana, Louisiana, Fort Worth, Fort Collins, Greeley, Paducah, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, as well as National Taitung University Symphony, and China National Symphony and Chorus. A dedicated educator, Dr. Weng is the Keyboard Area Head and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches talented students from around the world. He is frequently invited as guest professor by such prestigious conservatories in Asia as Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory in Beijing, Taipei National University of Education and National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan, and Chung-Ang University in Korea. Dr. Weng has adjudicated numerous national and international competitions in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Weng’s students have won first prizes in numerous national and international competitions including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, MTNA Regional and Colorado State Competition, Steinway Competition, Yamaha Competition, and Boulder Philharmonic Competition. His students have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Students of Weng have been admitted into such prestigious music schools as the Juilliard School, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati, and Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Weng received his M.M and D.M.A degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and his B.M. in piano performance from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His primary teachers include Frank Weinstock, William Black, Claude Frank, Xie Yuan, Guo Zhihong, and Zhou Guangren. Dr. Weng is the Founder and Director of the Colorado International Piano Academy (CIPA) at the University of Northern Colorado and Founder and Director (2008-2011) of the Colorado Piano Festival at UNC. Dr. Weng is a featured artist of the Arts Global Foundation.
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 FacultyInstruments: Composer-In-Residence Education: D.M.A., M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington
Keith Fitch currently heads the Composition Department and holds the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also directs the CIM New Music Ensemble. Called “gloriously luminous” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, his music has been consistently noted for its eloquence, expressivity, dramatic sense of musical narrative, and unique sense of color and sonority. His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia by such ensembles and soloists as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the League of Composers Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Colorado Quartet, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Yolanda Kondonasiss and Jason Vieaux, and many others. His music has been heard at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and New York’s Carnegie and Merkin Halls. Highlights of recent seasons include the premieres of Knock on Wood for the harp/guitar duo of Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux; Cascade, a fanfare commissioned by Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art for the inauguration of their new building; In Memory, commissioned by the League of Composers, and a new Piano Quartet, Last Words. A native of Indiana, Keith Fitch began composing at age eight and began formal musical training on the double bass at age eleven. While still in high school (age sixteen), he received his first professional orchestral performance. He attended the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied composition with Frederick Fox, Eugene O’Brien, and Claude Baker, double bass with Bruce Bransby and Murray Grodner, and chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, founder of the Borodin Quartet. He also counts Donald Erb and Joan Tower among his compositional mentors. Among his many awards are three each from ASCAP and the National Society of Arts and Letters, an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fromm Music Foundation Commission, a 2012 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, a Copland House Residency Award, and the 2016 Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has enjoyed multiple residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. Highly regarded as a teacher, chamber music coach, and conductor of new music, he has taught at Indiana University, Bard College, and for eleven years served on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York. His students regularly win awards from such prestigious organizations as ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Fulbright Foundation, as well as attending leading summer festivals around the world. In June 2015, he joined the faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Center as Composer-in-Residence and Director of the Young Artist Program in Composition. His music is published by Non Sequitur Music and appears on Azica Records and Naxos Digital. www.keithfitch.com.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Orchestra Conductor
Nicholas Carthy, Opera Music Director, studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Mary Peppin and John York, and in 1981 won an Austrian government scholarship to study at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Hans Leygraf. After completing his studies he was offered a post as Kapellmeister at the Landestheater in Salzburg where he made his operatic debut conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. During this time he was also an assistant at the Salzburg Festival, working closely with both Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti.
From 1990 until 1993 Carthy was assistant to Daniel Barenboim, working on the Erato recording of Don Giovanni in Berlin, at the Chicago Symphony for the Mozart/DaPonte series, in Le Châtelet in Paris (Wozzeck), and in Bayreuth.
In June 1992, Nicholas Carthy was appointed Musical Director of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Under his stewardship the orchestra received invitations to perform at the Lucerne Festival, the Concertgebouw and the Goldener Musikvereinssaal in Vienna. Carthy has conducted opera productions in Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Winterthur, Milan, Rome, Naples, Eugene and Tel Aviv. His repertoire ranges from Mozart to the contemporary. He conducted the first performances of Thomas Adès Powder Her Face in Sweden, Israel, Switzerland and Italy. A critical review in Opera magazine described the first performance in Italy as being “conducted with brilliant musicality.”
As a guest conductor Nicholas Carthy has worked with orchestras such as Camerata Academica Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Stockholm, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra RAI di Torino, Orchestra San Carlo di Napoli, Accademia Filarmonica Roma, Orchestra Teatro Reggio Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica del Piemonte, L’Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra di Padua e del Veneto, Pomeriggi Musicale di Milano, Wiener Volksopernorchester, Israel Contemporary Players, Stadtorchester Winterthur, RSO Prague, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Orquesta de San Sebastian and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, where he collaborated closely with Luciano Berio on several projects. He has worked with distinguished soloists including Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larrocha, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova, Waltraud Meier, Daniela Barcellona, Robert Dean Smith and Wolfgang Holzmair.
Beside his activities as a conductor, Nicholas Carthy is a much sought-after accompanist. He has performed in many of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bolshoi Theatre, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, La Scala, La Fenice, Santa Cecilia, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and the Berlin State Opera, He has also performed at festivals including Salzburg, Bad Kissingen, München, Schleswig-Holstein and the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
His work as a musical educator has taken him all over the world. From 1996 to 2002 he was a guest professor at the opera school in Stockholm and is Musical Director of the Portland State University Summer Programme. He is Professor of Music and Opera Music Director at the University of Colorado, and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. Carthy gives master classes in opera schools and conservatories throughout Europe and the U.S.A, as well as conducting youth orchestra seminars in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Norway. He also sits on the jury of several international piano and singing competitions. Nicholas Carthy broadcasts regularly as conductor and pianist.
YAS FacultyInstruments: Orchestra Conductor Education: M.M., Texas Tech University; B.M.E., University of Oklahoma
Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Music in the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra.
At CU Boulder Mr. Lewis also leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting including both the masters and doctoral level. His former students are currently enjoying success as conductors with professional orchestras and opera companies, university and public school ensembles, and youth orchestras.
Prior to his appointment at Colorado, Lewis served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, and Abilene Christian University. He is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Ballet, Midland Ballet Theater, Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Abilene Symphony Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Western Plains Opera Theater. His work with summer music festivals has also been noteworthy including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival (opera and symphonic) and, beginning in the summer of 2016, Rocky Ridge Music Center.
As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras and Bands in many states along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America. In 2010 Mr. Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and served as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lewis is also a strong proponent of new music. He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with composers such as Dan Kellogg, Carter Pann, George Crumb, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Stephen Paulus, and many others.
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 alike 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., pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents, performing in major concert series and venues throughout the world. From appearances at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Amati Music Festival at Princeton University and Lincoln Center in New York to concert venues and music festivals in Chongqing, Beijing and San José de Costa Rica, Mr. Teissonnière has appeared in solo recital, as soloist with orchestra and with leading duo-piano and chamber music ensembles as well as in radio and television broadcasts.
Highlights of recent concert seasons include appearances at the Teatro Nacional in Costa Rica, Lincoln Center in New York City, a performance for an audience of twenty thousand and solo recitals 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 in a subscription concert performance of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto as well as appearances in concerts and master classes at Steinway Hall in New York City, the Costa Rica Piano Festival, Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and Szechuan and Jinan Provinces in China.
Recognized as one of the most esteemed and sought-after piano pedagogues in the United States today, Mr. 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. In conjunction with his solo recital tour of China he conducted master classes in Beijing, Chongqing and Jinan. 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 has been nominated for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts. Gerardo Teissonnière is in great demand for his work with young musicians, and conducts master classes throughout the world. His students have performed as soloists with some of the world’s most important orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony, and in solo recital at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other venues. This year, Mr. Teissonnière celebrates his twenty-eight anniversary as member of the piano faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. Gerardo Teissonnière is a Steinway Artist.
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 page 5 of the 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 February 15.
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 20 to July 16. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2017. Applicants must be age 20 or older on the first day of their counselor duty.
Co-head Counselor: $3,500 (May 31 to June 19 AND July 17 to August 7)
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor: $1,550 (June 2 to June 19)
Junior Music Program+Jazz Program Counselor: $2,300 (July 17 to August 7)
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. Applicants must be age 18 or older on the first day of their work-study duty.
Kitchen Work-study: $12/hour, up to $850 gross earning (June 19 to July 16)
Other Work-study: $11/hour, up to $650 gross earning (June 19 to July 16)
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. 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, 2016.
- 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 of 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 of 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
8:00pm: Performance Class