About The Program

Ages 10-15 || violin, viola, and cello

This program is for true beginners playing violin, viola, or cello, and will prepare players for success in middle and high school programs with a solid, rudimentary foundation.

Learn from expert teachers through private lessons and group classes in an environment that encourages fun, as students are guided to practice effectively; even parents are advised on how to help set up an ideal practice environment for their child at home.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (includes lodging and meals):

Application Fee:

Optional Fees:
Bedding and bath linens (includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel): $85

Audition Requirements & Deadlines

No audition is required for this program.

How to Apply
Applications for Summer 2022 will be available on October 29, 2021. Questions? Let us know at RRMC@RockyRidge.org or 303-449-1106.


  • January 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase One: apply by January 15 for a $75 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • February 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase Two: apply by February 15 for a $50 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • March 15, 2022: Final Deadline

After March 15, 2022: Applications accepted on space available basis. Please call our office at 303-449-1106 to check on space availability.

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William Hinkie
Violin, Viola

William Hinkie

Jumpstart Violin Faculty
Instruments: Violin, Viola Education: Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Violin Performance from Louisiana State University
Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music
DMA from the University of Minnesota

Dr. William Hinkie is a professional violinist and violist who teaches and performs in the Denver Metropolitan area. He has played with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Ballet orchestra and was assistant principal viola of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. In addition to this, Dr. Hinkie was a four-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music School where he was a teaching assistant to the team teaching studio of Heidi Castleman, Ellen Rose, and Victoria Chiang. He also served as the principal violist of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra for 9 seasons. He received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Violin Performance from Louisiana State University, a Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2007, Dr. Hinkie taught in the public schools in the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota and Texas. He has also coached chamber music at the Perlman Music program where he worked with world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. Here in Colorado Dr. Hinkie has served as the string education specialist at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to this he has also been the orchestra director at Arvada West High School and has served as the music director of the Commerce City Youth Orchestra. During the summers, he has been an artist faculty member at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Northern Michigan where he has taught violin, viola, cello and chamber music.

He currently maintains a large studio of private violin, viola and cello students in the Denver Metro and is also on the music faculty of the APEX homeschool enrichment program in Longmont, Colorado.

Rebecca McKee
Violin, Viola

Rebecca McKee

Jumpstart and Junior Artist Immersion Viola Faculty
Instruments: Violin, Viola Education: BM in Viola Performance, University of Missouri St. Louis
MM in Viola Performance, Pennsylvania State University

Rebecca McKee, a native of Springfield, Missouri, received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).  Her principal teachers include Raymond Page and  William Lincer. Rebecca has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s viola section since 1989.

Rebecca also performs with The Marelle and The Southwest string quartets as well as True Concord.

She is an active advocate for early childhood music education in Tucson and a registered Suzuki violin/viola instructor with a large private studio.  She is also a Music Together teacher — an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program.  She has worked with the Tucson Unified School District as a Music Integration Specialist and Orchestra director.

Rebecca is married and is the proud mom of a Rocky Ridge alumni.  She also has two cats. Her hobbies include walking/ hiking and knitting.

Mary Beth Tyndall

Mary Beth Tyndall

Youth Program Director, Junior Artist Immersion and Jumpstart Cello Faculty
Instruments: Cello Education: M.M., University of Arizona; B.M., B.M.E., Ball State University

Mary Beth Tyndall is a cellist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performs in the symphony’s string quartet. She is also on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster as a member of the Southwest String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed a wide variety of string quartet works from the classical to contemporary periods. She is also actively involved in educational programming and performances for young people. She is known for her portrayals of the more outrageous characters in the children’s books of Susan Lowell (such as Josefina Javelina), which the quartet dramatizes annually as soloists in the Tucson Symphony Kinderkoncerts series. The chamber music festival created by the Southwest String Quartet is a two week workshop in Tucson for middle and high school students. Mary Beth is one of the original founders of this festival and is the primary cello coach and orchestra conductor. She has also taught at the Chamber Music in the Mountains camp on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, the Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Tucson Cello Congress, the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Festival in Alaska. She is frequently a sectional coach for Tucson adult amateur orchestras and youth orchestras. In 2016, she was named Outstanding Studio Teacher by the American String Teachers Association.

Mary Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from Ball State University and a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Arizona. She has studied with Joseph Saunders, Gordon Epperson, Claus Adam, Martha Gerschefski and Hans Jorgen Jensen. She maintains a large studio of cello students of all ages and levels! Many of her students have performed as soloists with local orchestras and are continuing their studies in music conservatories around the country.  As a performer and teacher her philosophy is one of joy, self-expression and personal growth through music.