About College Intensive: Solo + Chamber

Summer music festival in Colorado || Ages 18-24*

Accepting applications for flute; oboe/English horn; clarinet; bassoon; horn; violin; viola; cello; solo/collaborative piano; string quartets

Full Session: June 4 – June 30
Session 1: June 4 – June 16 (String Quartet Intensive available during Session 1 only).
Session 2: June 17 – June 30

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.


  • 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.
  • Optional participation in large chamber ensembles.

TAKE NOTE: The  String Quartet Intensive takes place during Session 1 only! 

Our campus, on a rustic 20th century American homestead in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is a world apart where students commune with music and nature while benefiting from close mentorship from a master teacher.

*On a case-by-case basis, we may accept students outside of this age range.  Please contact us before submitting your application if you are under 18 or over 24.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (includes lodging and meals)
Both Sessions: $4,520* (includes a $100 discount for attending the Full Session!)

Session 1: $2,310*

Session 2: Session 1: $2,310*

Application Fee
$85 (non-refundable)

Piano Usage Fee
Only for piano majors. 
Per Session: $75

Optional Fees:
Secondary Instrument Lessons (per session): $175

Bedding and bath linens: $85

  • includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel.


*IMPORTANT NOTE: We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. Check (no extra fees)
    • Please make checks out to Rocky Ridge Music and mail to 1128 Pine St., Boulder CO, 80302.
  2. An ACH Bank Transfer will incur a processing fee of 1% (not more than $10).
  3. Credit or Debit cards payments will incur a processing fee of 2.9% + $0.25.

Program Details

  • Twice-weekly private lessons
  • Studio classes
  • 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
  • Optional wellness activities, including hiking and meditation classes
  • Optional secondary instrument lessons
  • Participation in a professional mentorship program that extends beyond this summer program

*Program details subject to change.* 

Daily Schedule

View a draft of the Daily Schedule for this program here. Please note that this is subject to change.

Daily Schedule coming soon! Stay tuned.

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.  Please note that each member of a pre-formed string quartet must still submit an individual application.

Application Deadline

Early Bird Deadline: February 15, 2024, for priority consideration for merit scholarships.

Final Deadline: March 15, 2024.

After March 15: Applications accepted on a space available basis. Please contact us before submitting an application after this date.

Scholarship Information

All submitted applications will be considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarship decisions will be based on three criteria:
1. Your video audition.
2. Your teacher recommendation.
3. Instrumental needs of the College Intensive program.

Student Employment

Rocky Ridge Music offers student employment on campus to qualified College Intensive students (see below for descriptions of counselor, work-study, and camp assistant positions that may be available). To be considered for a position on campus, students must apply through our website (hit the button below) by March 15, 2024.  After submitting your job application, a Zoom interview will be scheduled.


Counselors are College Intensive students who supervise, reside with, and mentor up to eight students under age 18 during the programs that follow the College Intensive. Other duties may include assisting in summer camp operations, janitorial and kitchen services. Counselors are not on duty during the four weeks of the College Intensive, June 4 to June 30, so that they may focus on their own studies during this period.

Students may be eligible for both a counselor position and a work-study position in 2024. You may also apply for more than one counselor position.

Applicants must be age 19 and must have completed at least one year of college on the first day of their counselor duty. Prior experience working with minors is a plus. Your final offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check and an interview. 

Counselor Positions

  • Head Counselor: $4,800 (July 2 to August 4)
    • Up to two positions available.
    • In addition, $500 travel stipend (which consists of $250 at the beginning of the summer, $250 at the end of the summer).
    • The head counselors will fulfill the duties of a regular counselor with some additional duties and responsibilities including the following:
      • they will work closely with the Assistant Director to oversee the other counselors and will ensure that the counselors are fulfilling their job requirements.
      • They will be the main point of communication and information dissemination between camp management and the other counselors (as well as the students enrolled in the program).
  • Junior Artist Immersion Counselor: $1,750 (July 2 to July 14).
    • Up to 5 positions available.
  • Jumpstart: String Fundamentals: $750 (July 15 to July 21).
    • Up to 2 positions available.
  • Jazz Program: $750 (July 22 to July 28).
    • Up to 2 positions available.
  • Música Mariachi: $750 (July 28 to August 4).
    • Up to 2 positions available.

* Please check in with Rocky Ridge staff before you book plane tickets or make other travel plans. It is best to make travel plans from campus later in the evening on the day of departure.

Work-Study Students

Work-study recipients are College Intensive students who are given job responsibilities that may include janitorial and kitchen services, production, or grounds upkeep. Work-study positions are paid hourly; students typically work approximately 2 hours per day during the College Intensive and during the other programs may work more hours. You can apply for one or more positions. Applicants must be age 18 or older on the first day of their work-study duty. Your final offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check and an interview. 


Work-study Positions (Food and Housing Provided):

  • College Intensive Work-Study: $15/hr up to $850 gross earnings, June 2 (arrival before 2 pm) to June 30 (departure after 2 pm).
    • 4 positions available.
    • If you are only attending one session of the College Intensive (and not the full 4 weeks), you may apply for a work-study position for the session you are attending. In this case, you could earn up to $425 gross.
  • Junior Artist Immersion Work-Study: $15/hr up to $850 gross earnings, July 2 (you will already be on campus) to July 14 (departure after 2 pm).
    • 1 position available.
  • Jumpstart: String Fundamentals Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 15 to July 21 (departure after 2 pm).
    • 1 position available.
  • Jazz from A to Z Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 22 to July 28 (after 2 pm).
    • 1 position available.
  • Mariachi Work-Study: $15/hr up to $500 gross earnings, July 29 to August 4 (departure after 2 pm).
      • 1 position available.

Important Note

All amounts listed represent total gross income before any applicable taxes.


Application Form

Click here for the application.

Apply for Summer Job

COVID-19 Policies

Please see this page for our COVID-19 Policies, which are subject to change.

Location: Directions and Transportation

Our campus, on a rustic 20th century American homestead in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is a world apart where students commune with music and nature while benefiting from close mentorship from a master teacher.

The campus sits at the base of Longs Peak on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

The campus lies in a heavily forested and rocky mountain area at an elevation of approx. 9,200 ft! That’s almost 4,000 ft above Denver.  

Our main entrance is just off of Highway 7, about 4 miles south of Estes Park and 6 miles north of Allenspark.

Driving from Denver: From Denver, take I-25 North. Exit onto Highway 66 West until you get to Lyons. See below for further instructions.

Driving from Boulder: Take Highway 36 North until you get to Lyons. See below for further instructions.

At Lyons, take Highway 7 to Allenspark (left). From Highway 7, turn west onto Longs Peak Road, which is at mile marker 9. There is a sign there that says, “Longs Peak Area.” Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right. Total drive time from Denver International Airport to RRM is about 1.5 hours.

Driving from Northern Colorado: Driving west on Highway 34, you’ll drive through the Big Thompson Canyon and into Estes Park. At the big intersection, take Highway 7 South. At the sign that says “Longs Peak Area,” you will turn right onto Longs Peak Rd. Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right.

The Estes Park Shuttle is available from Denver International Airport to RRM. Students should contact the shuttle directly at 970-586-5151 or visit their website www.estesparkshuttle.com for current information and to make a reservation. Use the group code “RRMC” for a 10% discount. 

Student Handbook and Required Forms

See your program’s handbook here:

Student Handbook and Forms

College Intensive FAQ

Don’t see your question here? Contact us at rrmc@rockyridge.org or at 303-449-1106!


When do I need to arrive on campus?

For the College Intensive Session 1, check in will take place on the first day between 9am-12pm.  For campers attending only Session 2, check-in is on June 17th, from 2-4:30 p.m.  Please note that work-study students and counselors will be asked to arrive early for training.

Please call our office (303-449-1106) or email rrmc@rockyridge.org with any questions or concerns.


Where will I stay on campus?

Students stay in rustic log cabins that are, in many cases, over 100 years old! Each cabin is arranged with twin-sized bunk beds. Students will be assigned a cabin with 3-6 roommates, depending on the cabin. Bathhouses with showers are just a short walk away – don’t forget to bring a good flashlight! Check out our campus building gallery using the button below to see what our residential cabins look like.

Campus Photo Gallery

Students get a true mountain cabin experience – don’t be alarmed by the occasional bug inside your cabin or moose outside your door! Certain bugs, including ants, bees, mosquitos, and spiders, are a common occurrence inside all of our cabins and are generally harmless. This is just a reality of living in the Rocky Mountains.


Do I need to bring my own bedding? 

Rocky Ridge can provide you with bedding and towels for an $85 fee. Please indicate your interest in this option in your application.


Will I receive music sent to me in advance? 

We will try our best to get your ensemble assignments to you as soon as we have made decisions! Please be patient with us – you will definitely receive your music in advance of your arrival, but often we are dealing with last minute changes to enrollment, etc.

Campus Map


Application Deadline

Applications Open: October 31, 2023 @ 12:00 a.m. Mountain Time (MT)

Early Bird Deadline: February 15, 2024, for priority consideration of program spots and merit scholarships.

Final Deadline: March 15, 2024.

After March 15: Applications accepted on a space available basis. Please contact us before submitting an application after this date.

How to Apply
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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Claudia Anderson

Claudia Anderson

Wind Chair, College Intensive Flute Faculty
Instruments: 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 (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).

Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper

College Intensive Oboe Faculty
Instruments: Oboe
Education: B.M., Northwestern University

Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and Teaching Professor 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.

Jason Lichtenwalter
Oboe, English Horn

Jason Lichtenwalter

College Intensive Oboe and English Horn Faculty
Instruments: Oboe, English Horn
Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory

Jason Lichtenwalter holds the Oboe/English Horn position with the Colorado Symphony in Denver and the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.  Previous positions include Principal Oboe with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and East Texas Symphony as well as Associate Principal/2nd Oboe and Acting English Horn with the Honolulu Symphony.  He has also performed with the Dallas Symphony (Dallas and Vail), Fort Worth Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and Colorado Bach Ensemble, among many others.  As a featured soloist, he has appeared on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn.  He served as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Denver.  Jason earned oboe performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Eastman School of Music.  His primary teachers were James Caldwell and Richard Killmer, and he pursued post-graduate studies with Elaine Douvas, Robert Walters, Mark Ackerman, and David Matthews.  In October 2020, he founded Peak Reeds, an online reed and cane shop catering to oboists and English hornists at altitude.

David Shea

David Shea

Dean of Student Affairs, College Intensive Clarinet Faculty
Instruments: 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.

Rémy Taghavi

Rémy Taghavi

College Intensive Bassoon Faculty
Instruments: Bassoon
Education: D.M.A., Stony Brook University; M.M. Juilliard School; B.M., University of Southern California

Noted for his “bubbling, charming” playing, Rémy Taghavi is a highly sought-after bassoonist and educator based in the Northeast, and has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups across North America, South America, and Asia. Rémy has held the position of principal bassoon with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 2018 and has been a guest artist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the American Youth, Cape, and Princeton Symphonies. He has previously been an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a substitute with Symphony in C, and has played under conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, and James Conlon. Mr. Taghavi has performed as a soloist with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Ensemble at Fukuoka Symphony Hall and the United Nations.

As a chamber musician, Rémy has given performances at the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget, Bravo! Vail, the Atlantic Music Festival, FIMAC, Montréal/New Musics Festival, and the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, of which he is co-director and founder. Mr. Taghavi is the bassoonist in Frisson, the New York-based nonet whose performances have been called “musical perfection” (Royal Gazette, Bermuda). He is also a member of SoundMind, a modern wind quintet which performs music by living composers alongside re-imagined works from across an expanse of style, genre, and instrumentation. Rémy is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a chamber music and career-development fellowship of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.

A passionate educator, Mr. Taghavi is currently Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and faculty at the Rocky Ridge Music Center’s Young Artist Seminar (Colorado). He was an instructor in the Evening Division at the Juilliard School from 2014 to 2019. He has given guest masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Rémy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and recently completed his doctorate at Stony Brook University. His primary teachers include Frank Morelli, Judith Farmer, and Norbert Nielubowski.

Robert Fant

Robert Fant

College Intensive Horn Faculty
Instruments: Horn
Education: BM, University of Michigan
Diploma, NEC
DMA, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Robert Fant is a versatile pedagogue, performer, and composer who brings a world perspective to his work. He brings a passion for classical music and a dedication to excellence through his successful career as a performer and educator. He has taught and performed across the world as a principal horn in Orchestras, Opera, Film Studios, TV, Radio, and more. His passion is to help students achieve their goals and dreams. He is currently the Visiting Professor of Horn at the Tennessee Tech School of Music, horn faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center, member of the Cumberland Quintet, principal horn of the Bryan Symphony, North State Symphony, Jackson Symphony, XO artist, and XO education clinician. Previous positions include Assistant Professor of Horn at University of Memphis, Assistant Professor of Horn at SWOSU, Professor of Horn at MWSU in Texas, and scholar, teaching, guest, or assistant positions at the University of North Texas, Trinity College London (guest), Royal Northern College of Music (ABRSM Scholar), University of Wisconsin, and the College Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent judge at IHS and other competitions.

Dr. Fant’s former students can be found in nearly all areas of music. In addition to honing their studies in the studio his students can be found regularly in festivals, workshops, and attending high level programs around the world. Recent student accomplishments include winning MTNA Young Artist Award, IHS competitions, Charleston International, Harmony International, and the first horn group to ever place at the IWBC competition. In addition to several educators in schools and private studios, students have appointments at the collegiate level. Many others have gone on to orchestral positions, service band positions, and various creative freelance endeavors in recording and producing. Robert strives to always inspire students to reach for their goals and enjoy their lives in music. He has regularly maintained a studio of private students during his performance career and these students have excelled at All State and in earning scholarships for further study. Robert is often involved in outreach and charity organizations. He has worked extensively with organizations in India, South America, China, Eastern Russia, and throughout the United States. This work involved bring music and aid to underrepresented communities and abused peoples of the world.

Robert’s performance in the USA, Asia, South America, and Europe has led to positions in orchestras, recordings, and solo work. Previously he has held the position of principal horn with the London Mozart Chamber Orchestra, ACO, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Guiyang Symphony, London Oratorio Society Orchestra, and section positions with the Philharmonie der Nationes (Berlin), Auckland Philharmonia, Verbier Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of India. This work has been in conjunction with playing as guest or extra with orchestras such as The Halle, BBC Philharmonic, National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Taiwan National Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Thuringer Symponiker, Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, Staatstheater Hannover, Boston Pops, San Antonio Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, LSO (London), Royal Ballet (UK), Opera North (UK), BBC Wales, RSNO (Scotland), BBC Symphony, Bavarian Orchestra (Germany), and an apprenticeship with the Vienna Philharmonic under Wolfgang Tombock. These experiences have led to collaborations with great conductors, soloists, artists, and an admiration of how music can change the world.

During this orchestral work Robert has maintained a regular schedule as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. As a former finalist (and the only hornist to that point) for the Gold Medal Competition, Robert has been fortunate to perform as a soloist / recitalist with increased frequency. He is also a past finalist of the Haverhill International Soloist Competition, Carnegie Hall ACJW Fellowship,

WAMSO, and ASTRAL competition. Recent recital engagements include the Steinway Artist series, Wigmore Hall series, North State Symphony, and the Aspen Recital series. He has premiered and/or commissioned many works by young composers from various backgrounds in multiple countries. He can be found on recordings with Dallas Winds, Atlantic Records, Deutsche Grammophone, NAXOS, BBC Radio, BBC TV, REAL TV, Medici Records, University of Michigan Records, Reference Recordings, Klavier Records, and NPR Radio. He has been a part of winning a GRAMMY, Lesser Foundation Award, and a Royal Philharmonic Society award. He is also the only horn on the SONY Film “The Tattooist” and was multi tracked to create the score. Additional film work includes Netflix and Apple film. He has performed as a soloist and premiered many works. Highlights include solo performances with Denton Orchestra, National Orchestra, North England Institute Orchestra, and chamber premieres at Wigmore and with Eric Ewazen in the USA. He has performed with Amy Grant, Roberta Flack, Andre Bocelli, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Cody Fry, and others to broaden the exposure of the horn in less traditional genres of music.

Robert’s BM is from the University of Michigan, MM from CCM, Diploma from NEC, and DMA from University of Wisconsin. While he has had the privilege to study and seek out many mentors and pedagogues in his past, his primary teachers are Froydis Ree Wekre, Randy Gardner, Michael Hatfield, Jerome Ashby, Kendall Betts, Myron Bloom, Chris Leuba, and Louis Stout.

Dawn Wohn
Violin (Session 1)

Dawn Wohn

College Intensive Session One Violin Faculty
Instruments: Violin (Session 1)
Education: B.M. Juilliard
M.M. Yale University
D.M.A. Stony Brook University

Praised as having “warmth and crystal-clear tone” by Whole Note Magazine, violinist Dawn Dongeun Wohn has performed in concert halls across five continents including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras for such as the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Orchestra. Her debut album Perspectives, featuring works by female composers was featured by the New York Times, Spotify and Apple Music and was chosen as one of WQXR’s best albums of the year.

As a musician with a wide range of styles and interests, Dawn often performs with new music ensembles and as guest concertmaster for orchestras in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall to Radio City Music Hall. Recent activities include a new commission by Jungsun Kang, performances of Mark Phillip’s Violin Power for violin and interactive electronics, and international tours with DJ Kid Koala and the Afiara Quartet as part of an interdisciplinary live show “Nufonia Must Fall”.

As an active chamber musician, Dawn has been invited to perform at festivals such as International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove in England, The Banff Centre, Music@Menlo, and Aspen Music Festival. Notable collaborations include members of the Emerson Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Afiara String Quartet, Colin Carr, Roberto Plano, Susan Hoeppner and Christina Dahl.

Dawn began her violin studies at age 4 and trained at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division as a full scholarship student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Further studies include an undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.

Committed to teaching the next generation of violinists, she is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music and teaches at Rocky Ridge Music during the summers. Previously, she held the position of Associate Professor of Violin at Ohio University’s School of Music as well as Associate Concertmaster of Harrisburg Symphony. As a guest clinician she has presented and performed at over 50 schools such as NYU, New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, Bowling Green State University and Kansas University. She has also 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.

Dawn performs on a 1732 Nicolo Gagliano violin, and enjoys reading or spending time outdoors with her husband Jay, son Jasper and dog Wolfie (named after Mozart) when she is not performing or teaching. Her second album will be released by Delos in late 2022.

Katherine McLin
Violin (Session 2)

Katherine McLin

College Intensive Violin Faculty
Instruments: Violin (Session 2)
Education: DMA, University of Michigan
Additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory

Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 15, Professor McLin made more than 150 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country. Recent appearances include Piazzolla Four Seasons with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (OH), Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Symphony of the West Valley (AZ), Vivaldi Summer with the Chintimini Chamber Orchestra (OR), Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra (AZ), Joel Puckett Short Stories with the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble and the world premiere performance of a double concerto for violin and piano, Twofold Dreams, by Lera Auerbach (with the composer at the piano) with ProMusica. In the 2022-23 upcoming season, Professor McLin’s performances include Brahms Violin Concerto with the Symphony of the West Valley, Bach Concerto in E Major with the Arizona Philharmonic, and Max Richter Four Seasons Recomposed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Since 2007, Professor McLin serves as Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. With Music Director David Danzmayr, Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist Vadim Gluzman, and a core of 31 players commuting from around the country, ProMusica presents seven subscription concert series throughout the year as well as a summer festival and chamber music series. She also serves as Concertmaster of the Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra with Music Director Peter Bay. In the past she has served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Michigan Sinfonietta, and Principal Second Violin of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

As a member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with pianist Andrew Campbell and frequent chamber music collaborator with colleagues around the world, McLin performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She is a frequent guest artist at summer chamber music festivals, including the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Interharmony International Festival of Music (Italy), Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), FOOSA (CA), and Festival of the Black Hills (SD) with the Orlando Chamber Players. She has also served as a featured performer in numerous national and international conferences, including the American String Teacher’s Association, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, International Schoenberg Conference, National MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) Conference, IPAC (International Percussive Arts Conference), and SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.).

Professor McLin appears on 19 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Additionally, her live and recorded performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, NYC’s WQXR (Bob Sherman’s “Listening Room” program), and local television and radio stations throughout the country.

A frequent guest recitalist and clinician, Professor McLin presented the featured pre-college violin master class at the American String Teacher’s Association National Conference in 2008. In addition, she has given master classes at more than 50 music schools across the country and abroad, including the University of Michigan, Trinity College (London), North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston University, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Colorado at Boulder, to name a few.

A committed and passionate teacher, Professor McLin was awarded the Evelyn Smith Professorship in Music at Arizona State University in 2016, a three-year endowed position that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in their field. In 2004, she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts at ASU, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.

Professor McLin received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory, and for three years was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. Her former teachers include Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Kathleen Winkler. She plays on a 1734 Sanctus Seraphin violin, on loan from an anonymous foundation.


Károly Schranz
String Quartet Intensive and Session 2 Chamber Coach

Károly Schranz

College Intensive Faculty - String Quartet Intensive and Session 2 Chamber Coach
Instruments: String Quartet Intensive and Session 2 Chamber Coach
Education: Artist Diploma, Franz Liszt Academy - Budapest
Károly Schranz currently teaches at the University of Colorado – Boulder, and has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival. Until his retirement in 2018, Mr. Schranz enjoyed a distinguished career as a founding member and second violinist of the Takács Quartet.  Over the span of four decades, the Takács Quartet has been awarded prestigious prizes including First Prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition, Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions, First Prizes at the Budapest and Bratislava International String Quartet Competition, Grammy Award, Gramophone Award, BBC Record of the Year, and was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. The Takács Quartet has given concerts all around the world and has recorded more than 50 CDs for Hungaroton, Decca and Hyperion, and is the quartet -in-residence at the University of Colorado – Boulder.
Elias Goldstein
Viola & Violin (Session 1)

Elias Goldstein

College Intensive Session One Viola and Violin Faculty
Instruments: Viola & Violin (Session 1)
Education: BM and MM from DePaul University with Mark Zinger
DMA from University of Wisconsin with Sally Chisolm

Norwegian-American violist Elias Goldstein has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for his “incredible performance” and by the Seattle Times as “ravishing”. Goldstein has distinguished himself as one of the great instrumentalists of his generation, frequently appearing as a soloist and chamber musician. Second prize winner of the 2011 Primrose & Bashmet International Viola Competitions, and a top prize-winner in the Tertis International Competition, he has achieved recognition and critical acclaim as a champion of his instrument. In 2016 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as the first violist invited to perform all 24 Caprices by Paganini, a program that later toured the United States and Europe.

As a recitalist he has performed in many of the greatest halls of the world including Alice Tully, David Geffen, Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall, the Kennedy Center, Salle Cortot, George Enescu Philharmonic, Musikiitalo Helsinki. He frequently collaborates with the world’s foremost musicians including Noah Bendix-Balgley, Nobuko Imai, Eli Eban, Ilya Kaler, the Pro Arte, Shanghai, Latin American, Arianna, and Cavani Quartets. His solo and orchestral appearances have brought collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and festival appearances include Valdres, Aspen Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, and Chautauqua Festival.

Dedicated to the expand the repertoire for viola, he has commissioned and premiered works by Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom. In 2019 he gave the world premiere of Grammy Award Winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Songs and in 2018 was personally invited by William Bolcom to perform for the composer’s 80th anniversary concert at Merkin Hall in New York.

Melanconico, his 2019 release on Centaur Records was praised by the American Record Guide as “a most impressive debut” while Goldstein was praised as a “superb violist who does not merely get around on his instrument but commands it”. The album marks the world premiere recording of George Enescu’s third violin sonata in a minor, Clara Schuman’s Romances Op. 23 and Robert Schuman’s Violin Sonata in a minor, all special transcriptions made by the artist.

Serving on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society, Goldstein is currently on Faculty at University of Delaware.  He was featured on the Violin Channel performing with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, and pianist Angela Draghicescu. He performs on a beautiful and rare Saint Cecille Vuillaume viola made in 1850.


David Rose
Viola (Session 2)

David Rose

College Intensive Session Two Viola Faculty
Instruments: Viola (Session 2)
Education: M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington; B.M., University of British Columbia

David Rose has served as a titled player of numerous orchestras, including Associate Principal of the Vancouver Symphony, Principal Viola of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Acting Assistant Principal of the San Francisco Symphony.

Also active as a baroque performer, he was a member of the Pacific Baroque orchestra, and has toured and recorded with Toronto’s Tafelmusik.

Mr. Rose studied viola at the University of British Columbia, and Indiana University (Bloomington). His main teachers included Gerald Stanick, Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie.

He serves as associate professor of Viola, and head of strings at the State University of New York (Fredonia), and teaches in the summer at Rocky Ridge Music’s College Intensive in the Colorado Rockies, as well as the Fredonia Summer String Festival.

Most recently, David gave masterclasses at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Eastman School of Music. He has been presenting performances of all six Bach Cello Suites, having recorded them last Spring, and most recently performed all six for the American Viola Society Festival.

Si-Yan Darren Li

Si-Yan Darren Li

String Chair, College Intensive Cello Faculty
Instruments: 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 and National Concert Hall in Taipei. 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, Miriam Fried, Ilya Kaler, Lang Lang, Cho-Liang Lin, Thomas Quasthoff, Alexander Toradze and members of the Juilliard, Takács, Cleveland, Casals and Ébène quartets. His recording of the Bartók string quartets with the Euclid Quartet was highly praised by Gramophone magazine and American Recording Guide.

Having previously taught at Indiana University and University of Central Florida, Li joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. As a dedicated pedagogue, his student ensembles have won top prizes in major international and national competitions, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition, 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.

Li holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute. In addition to Orlando Cole, his principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky and David Hardy. 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. Li plays a 1773 cello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.

Spencer Myer

Spencer Myer

College Intensive Piano Faculty
Instruments: Piano
Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music
M.M. The Juilliard School
D.M.A. Stony Brook University

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent after his 2012 Wigmore Hall recital de-but, American pianist SPENCER MYER is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stage.


He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philhar-monics, the Indianapolis, New Haven and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras and Beijing’s China National Symphony, collaborating with conductors Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Michael Christie, Ro-bert Franz, Bernhard Gueller, Jahja Ling, Kevin Rhodes, Thomas Wilkins and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 tour of South Africa included a performance of Beethoven’s five piano concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by six subsequent return tours. An in-demand chamber musician, he has appeared at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival with cellists Lynn Har-rell, Brian Thornton, Ralph Kirshbaum and Amit Peled, and enjoys a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, soprano Nicole Cabell, and the Jupiter and Pacifica String Quartets.


Spencer Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans Inter-national Piano Competition. He was a member of Astral Artists’ performance roster from 2003-2010.


A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University, he was a member of the piano faculty of Boston’s Longy School of Music of Bard College for six years, and is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has released four CDs on the Steinway & Sons label — Piano Rags of William Bol-com, and three discs with cellist Brian Thornton encompassing repertoire of Brahms, Debussy and Schumann.


Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist.


Andrew Campbell
Collaborative Piano

Andrew Campbell

Collaborative Piano Chair, College Intensive Piano Faculty
Instruments: 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.

Angela Drăghicescu
Collaborative Piano (Session 1)

Angela Drăghicescu

College Intensive Collaborative Piano Faculty
Instruments: Collaborative Piano (Session 1)
Education: BM and MM from Louisiana State University with Professor Michael Gurt
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.