Young Artist Seminar

AGES 17*-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.

*We are now able to accept advanced High School students 17 and older into YAS! 


In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person camps at Rocky Ridge have been cancelled. Instead we are offering a Virtual Young Artist Seminar for the reduced cost of $1,200.00. Please see the Virtual Young Artist Seminar tab below for more information! 


Fees, Faculty and Schedules


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




Piano usage fee for piano majors is $150.
Secondary instrument lessons fee is $300.
Bedding (optional) is $75.

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.  Rocky Ridge offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment.


Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
Robert Walters Oboe, English Horn
David Shea Clarinet
Dawn Wohn Violin
Claude Sim Violin
Benjamin de Kock Double Bass
Andrew Campbell Collaborative Piano
Jeffery Meyer Orchestra Conductor
Adam Flatt Orchestra Conductor
Brent Weber Voice, Voice (classical)
Nicholas Carthy Orchestra Conductor
Virtual Young Artist Seminar - Summer 2020

Our college musicians are entering a world that has changed dramatically in the past few months. Almost overnight, and at an accelerated pace of learning, we have all had to pivot to a virtual platform for much of our activities.

We are in an uncharted period of learning and possibilities due to Covid-19. While no one knows for sure how our cultural and educational organizations will change, it is clear they will change – in fact, they already have. Our need to express ourselves through the arts and to continually improve as musicians will not change. There will always be a market for the arts to lift our spirits and to remind us of our collective humanity. However, it is a reality that profound new ways of creating and sharing art, and the economics of art will have to replace old models.

During our 4-weeks of virtual Young Artist Seminar for college students, we want to retain what is best about master teacher to student learning through one on one lessons (90 minutes per week), coachings, and audition preparation.

We will also take advantage of our campus without boundaries by exploring how to become a complete musician in a dawning new era. This happens through:

Traditional Learning

  • Score study: in-depth work on chamber and orchestral scores to prepare the student for auditions and performances
  • Mock auditions
  • Masterclasses
  • Faculty seminars on topics of individual expertise

Innovative Learning

  • Translation of individual artistry into the digital platform, exploring pros/cons and creating new models for performance
  • Development of listening skills oriented towards a virtual platform
  • Expansion of an understanding of both audio and visual technology (hardware and software) that can enhance the musician’s readiness for new learning and performance parameters

 Envisioning the Future

  • Networking with musicians from all over the world: spirited discussion and problem-solving workshops with world-wide arts leaders and thinkers to help create a thriving new arts economy.
Financial Aid

Merit Scholarship

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.

Need-based Financial Aid

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

Students listed as dependents must submit their parent(s)/guardian’s most recent income tax return. Financial aid applications will not be considered without this information and priority is given to complete applications (including attachment and audition) submitted by February 15, 2020.


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

Counselor Positions

Co-head Counselor: $4,025 (May 27 to June 15 AND July 13 to August 3), 2 positions awarded.
Junior Artist Seminar Counselor: $1,750 (May 29 to June 15), up to 6 positions awarded.
Junior Music Program: $1,750 (July 13 to July 27), up to 6 positions awarded.
Jazz Program Counselor: $850 (July 27 to August 3), 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.

Work-study Positions:

Junior Artist Seminar Work-Study: $12/hr up to $850 gross earnings, May 31 (arrival between 3pm-9pm) to June 14 (food and housing provided).

Young Artist Seminar Work-Study: $12/hr up to $650 gross earnings, June 15 (arrival between 3pm-9pm) to July 12.

Junior Music Program Work-Study: $12/hr up to $850 gross earnings, July 13 to July 26 (food and housing provided).

Jazz Program Work-Study: $12/hr up to $400 gross earnings, July 27 to August 2 (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, 2019.
  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.

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, 2020).

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). All scores AND parts must be in the public domain and readily available on
  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(s) will be scheduled to perform with the Young Artist Festival Orchestra on one of the following dates at 3:30 PM at the Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall in Estes Park, CO:
  • Friday, June 26, 2020, OR
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020.



We are still accepting applications for our Virtual Young Artist Seminar! Questions? Email us at or call 303-449-1106.  


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.