About College Intensive: Solo + Chamber
Summer college music program in Colorado || Ages 18-24 || Accepting strings, woodwinds, and piano applications only
Full Session: May 31 – June 26
Session 1 Only: May 31 – June 12
Session 2 Only: June 14 – June 26
During two or four weeks of intensive study, students receive a music education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth, and value. In addition to two weekly private lessons, students will receive performance opportunities, participate in special topics seminars, and delve into advanced chamber music with coaching by world-class musicians, including an opportunity to be coached by a founding member of the Takács Quartet.
- Optional interactive panel discussions with music industry leaders.
- Mock auditions offer students feedback from seasoned orchestral musicians.
- A year-round mentorship program with professionals from other fields for whom music is an integral part of their lives.
- String Quartet Intensive: During Session 1, string quartets will study with distinguished faculty members Károly Schranz and Si-Yan Darren Li. Students need not be part of a pre-formed quartet to participate in this program. Please indicate your interest in this program on your application form.
- Option to participate in Concerto Competition. The winner will receive $500. See tab below for more information.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition (includes lodging and meals)
Full Session: $4,250
Half Session: $2,125
Piano Usage Fee
Only for students studying piano: $150
Secondary Instrument Lessons (Full Session): $350
Secondary Instrument Lessons (Half Session): $175
Bedding and bath linens (includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel): $85
- Twice-weekly 60-minute private lessons
- Studio classes
- Concerto competition (pre-screening by recorded video submission, finals onsite)
- Masterclasses featuring internationally renowned artists
- Score study: in-depth work on chamber and orchestral scores to prepare the student for auditions and performances
- Mock auditions
- Lectures and workshops by faculty and guests
- Professional development seminars
- Special topics seminars
- Ample performance opportunities for peers and virtual audience
- Music technology instruction aimed at expanding understanding of both audio and visual hardware and software that can enhance the musician’s readiness for new learning and performance parameters
- Optional wellness activities including yoga, hiking, Alexander Technique, and meditation
- Optional secondary instrument lessons
- Participation in a professional mentorship program that extends beyond this summer program
Audition Requirements & Deadlines
College Intensive 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 or a YouTube link, audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
March 1, 2022
After March 1, applications will only be considered on a space-available basis. Call us at 303-449-1106 to check availability.
Financial Aid Information
All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships.
Need-based Financial Aid
Rocky Ridge Music offers need-based financial aid in the form of student employment (counselor and work-study positions) to students accepted into the College Intensive’s full session (4-week) program. To apply for need-based financial aid, complete the Financial Aid form on the College Intensive application, upload an audition recording or link to a 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, 2022.
Counselors are College Intensive (full session) students who supervise, reside with, and mentor up to eight students under age 18 during the programs following the College Intensive. Counselors are not on duty during the four weeks of the College Intensive, May 31 to June 26. Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2022. 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.
- Junior Artist Immersion: $1,750 (June 26 to July 10).
- Up to 8 positions available.
- Jumpstart: String Fundamentals: $750 (July 11 to July 17).
- Up to 5 positions available.
- Música Mariachi: $750 (July 18 to July 24).
- Up to 5 positions available.
- Jazz Program: $750 (July 25 to July 31).
- Up to 5 positions available.
Work-study recipients are College Intensive 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 College Intensive 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 (Food and Housing Provided):
- College Intensive Work-Study: $15/hr up to $850 gross earnings, May 29 (arrival before 2 pm) to June 26 (departure after 2 pm).
- 4 positions available.
- Junior Artist Immersion Work-Study: $15/hr up to $850 gross earnings, June 26 (you will already be on campus) to July 11 (departure after 2 pm).
- 1 position available.
- Jumpstart: String Fundamentals Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 11 (by 8 am) to July 18 (departure after 2 pm).
- 1 position available.
- Mariachi Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 18 by 8 am to July 25 (departure after 2 pm).
- 1 position available.
- Jazz from A to Z Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 25 by 8 am to August 1 (after 2 pm).
- 1 position available.
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.
Please Consult IRS Guidelines for Financial Independence
If you do not meet all the guidelines for financial independence based on the IRS guidelines, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s most recent federal income tax return with your application.
We are pleased to announce our 2022 Concerto Competition! Participants will compete for a $500 winning prize, and an honorable mention will receive $250. Please note that the Concerto Competition is only open to students in the full 4-week session of the College Intensive.
- One movement, no longer than 15 minutes long, with a piano reduction that is readily available.
- First Round: Competitors will send a recording (with or without piano accompaniment) by deadline of May 1, 2022.
- Final Round to take place on campus, accompanied by piano, during the third week of the College Intensive.
If you are interested in participating, please indicate your interest on your application form. Any questions can be directed to our office: 303-449-1106 or RRMC@RockyRidge.org.
March 1, 2022
How to Apply
Applications for Summer 2022 are available now. Click the button below to start your application. Any questions? Let us know at RRMC@RockyRidge.org or 303-449-1106.
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Spencer Myer’s debut CD for harmonia mundi usa – solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs – was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. Mr. Myer has released four CDs on the Steinway & Sons label since 2017: Piano Rags of William Bolcom, and three discs with cellist Brian Thornton encompassing cello/piano repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann.
Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.
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.
DMA from University of Texas Austin with Anne Epperson
Praised by the New York Times as “elegant and spectacular” pianist Angela Drăghicescu has established an international reputation as a much sought-after pianist and chamber musician. She has performed in major concert halls across North America, and throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kaufmann Center, Konserthus (Stockholm), Oslo Philharmonic, Rudolfinium in Prague, and the George Enescu Philharmonic. Her collaborations include many of today’s leading artists such as James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Doc Severinsen, Frank Huang, and has collaborated in concerts with Maxim Vengerov, René Felming, and Joyce di Donato. She is regularly invited to perform with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago, New York, and London Symphonies. Previous performances included among esteemed guests, members of the Royal Families of Sweden, Norway, and England. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Music at Menlo, Interlochen Arts Academy; Si Piano (Switzerland) and Seattle Chamber Music Society; and live on BBC 5, Classical King FM Seattle, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Romanian National Radio, and Ruv Ras 1 Iceland.
She has appeared in concerts for conductors Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas Carl St Clair, David Zinman, and Edwin Outwater. Deeply committed to expanding the chamber music repertoire she has commissioned and premiered works by composers William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon. A huge proponent of the works of George Enescu, her research on the music of George Enescu has led her to the rediscovery of Enescu’s first piano trio, a work lost for over 50 years. Her relentless efforts have received the recent praise of the New York Times, who credited her for being an authority on the newly discovered works of George Enescu. 2021-2022 season highlights include a recording of the Enescu trio on the Warner label and collaborations with Calidore quartet members, Frank Huang, and David Halen.