About The Program

Dates: Coming Summer 2025

Guitarists of all stripes are invited to attend this unique seminar, which will help students improve their solo and group performances. We welcome all styles, from classical to jazz, fingerstyle acoustic to folk. Through private lessons, masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals and jam sessions, evening lectures, and our daily ‘technique olympics’, students will dramatically improve their skills through close work with our engaged and expert faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in a recital on the final evening of the session.

Whether you are a professional guitar teacher, eager to explore another style, returning to the guitar after some time off, or a beginner at the start of your musical journey, you are welcome!

An audition is not required for this program. Students should have at least one piece prepared and at least one piece that is in progress by the start of this program.

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Registration, Tuition, and Fees

An audition is not required for this program, but applications must be submitted through Acceptd using the link below.

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Tuition (includes lodging and meals):

Tuition: $1,500*

Registration Fee:
$85*

Optional Fees:

Non-participant fee: $275 per person.

  • non-participant adult friends and family members are welcome. Fee covers meals, lodging, and use of facilities.

Bedding and bath linens: $85 per person

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

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.

Daily Schedules

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Lodging

Private cabins are available to during this seminar at no additional cost, on a first-come first-served basis. Information on these cabins may be found below, and during registration you will have the opportunity to indicate your preference. Check the campus map HERE to see where each of these cabins is located. See below on this page for a photo and brief description of each cabin. 

  • Sapsucker
  • Nutcracker
  • Firebird
  • Kingfisher
  • Nuthatch
  • Starling
  • Lodge Apt (ADA Accessible)
  • Hummingbird
  • Woodpecker
  • Crow

Registration Deadline

Applications open winter 2024-2025.

No audition is required for this program, but all applications must still be submitted through Acceptd. Please access the link below.

Apply Now

Registration Fee: $85

Questions? Let us know at RRMC@RockyRidge.org or 303-449-1106.

Nutcracker Cabin

Nutcracker Cabin

  • Sleeps: 3
  • One full size bed
  • One twin bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • One mini fridge
  • Sitting area
  • One coffee machine

Hummingbird Cabin

Hummingbird Cabin

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • One mini fridge

Kingfisher Cabin

Kingfisher Cabin

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • Bathroom (with shower)
  • Mini fridge
  • Sitting area
  • One coffee machine

Crow Cabin

Crow Cabin

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • Bathroom (with shower)
  • Mini fridge
  • One coffee machine

Woodpecker Cabin

Woodpecker Cabin

  • Sleeps: 6
  • 6 twin beds
  • Bathroom (with shower)

Firebird Cabin

Firebird Cabin

  • Sleeps: 3
  • One full size bed and one twin bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • Sitting area
  • One mini fridge
  • One upright piano
  • One coffee machine

Starling Cabin

Starling Cabin

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • One mini fridge
  • One coffee machine

Lodge Apt

Lodge Apt

Located in the central Lodge building. Adjoining ADA-compliant bathroom.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • One mini fridge
  • One coffee machine

Nuthatch Cabin

Nuthatch Cabin

  • Sleeps: 2
  • One full size bed
  • One bathroom (with shower)
  • One mini fridge
  • One coffee machine

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Faculty
Andrew Hull
Guitar

Andrew Hull

Adult Guitar Seminar Program Faculty
Instruments: Guitar
Education: B.M., The San Francisco Conservatory

Andrew Hull is a Guitar Foundation of America International Competition Finalist (1999) and Fulbright Scholar (Uruguay, Abel Carlevaro). A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory (Dusan Bogdanovic), Andrew also studied at the University of Arizona (Thomas Patterson), USC (William Kanengiser/Scott Tennant) and the California Institute of the Arts (Stuart Fox). As a composer, Andrew’s music has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and the Twisted Spruce Festival. His 7 Family Miniatures were recently published by Productions d’Oz and his 7 Studies for Guitar are published by Mel Bay.

Colin McAllister
Guitar

Colin McAllister

Adult Guitar Seminar Program Director
Instruments: Guitar
Education: D.M.A., University of California, San Diego
M.A., University of California, San Diego

Colin McAllister is Director of Humanities and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His performances as a guitarist and conductor have been hailed as ‘sparkling….delivered superbly’ (San Francisco Chronicle), ‘ravishing’ (San Diego Union Tribune) and ‘an amazing tour de force’ (San Diego Story), and he has recorded on the MicroFest, Summit, Innova, Centaur, Naxos, Albany, Old King Cole, Vienna Modern Masters, Carrier, and Tzadik labels. Colin earned both the M.A. and D.M.A. at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied guitar with Los Romeros and Stuart Fox, interpretation with Bertram Turetzky, and conducting with Harvey Sollberger and Rand Steiger.

Colin is the guitarist and conductor for the ensemble NOISE, and a co-founder of the soundON Festival, held annually in La Jolla, California. He performs regularly with both the Hennessy 6 jazz sextet and his own quartet. As a guest artist, he appears regularly with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and the Playground Ensemble. He is the author of two best-selling guitar instructional series, produced by The Great Courses—Learning to Play Guitar, and Playing Guitar Like a Pro. Colin is endorsed by PRS Guitars and is an Artist Partner with Taylor Guitars.

Sean McGowan
Guitar

Sean McGowan

Adult Guitar Seminar Faculty
Instruments: Guitar
Education: D.M.A., University of Southern California

Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His recordings Indigo (2008) and Sphere: the Music of Thelonious Monk (2011) offer compelling portraits of classic jazz standards performed on solo electric archtop guitar. Sphere was named one of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s “Essential Albums of 2011”, and Sean was featured on the cover of Fingerstyle 360 magazine (Summer 2012). His most recent solo guitar recordings include Thanksgiving & Christmas Tidings (2014) a collection of seasonal hymns and carols arranged for acoustic guitar, and My Fair Lady (2015) a collection of songs from Lerner & Loewe’s masterpiece, and Union Station (2022) a collection of original compositions for jazz organ trio. His most recent recording is Portmanteau (2023), which features timeless jazz standards & songs from the great American composers arranged for solo guitar.

As a performer and educator, Sean has been featured at numerous jazz & guitar festivals including the Swannanoa Guitar Week, Alex de Grassi’s Mendocino Guitar Workshop, Nashville Fingerstyle Guitar Retreat, Frank Vignola’s Big Jersey Guitar, Artisan, La Conner, Rocky Mountain Archtop, Healdsburg, Novi Sad Jazz, and others. In 2021, Sean performed and taught for the GFA International Convention – one of the few jazz guitarists to ever be invited to perform and teach.

Sean currently serves as Professor of Music and Chair of the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies department at the University of Colorado Denver, one of the largest contemporary music programs in the country. He earned a DMA in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has conducted workshops at colleges and guitar organizations throughout the country. Sean is a strong advocate for injury prevention and health education for musicians, and his workshops incorporate a holistic approach to playing. He is also a contributing editor and educational advisor for Acoustic Guitar magazine. He is the author of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos (Hal Leonard) and the String Letter Media book/video instruction methods The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist, Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, and Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar. Sean has also produced over a dozen courses for TrueFire, covering the topics of fingerstyle jazz, improvisation, and comping (available at TrueFire.com)