About the Junior Artist Immersion

Summer music camp || Ages 13 – 18 || Accepting strings (violin, viola, cello), piano, and composition applications

In this two-week residential music program for advanced high school musicians, students improve their musical skills and develop their unique voices through chamber ensembles, performance classes, private lessons, audition preparation classes, workshops, musician wellness activities, and nature-based explorations.

Additionally, students collaborate to compose and premiere an original multi-disciplinary group composition for their final concert.

Students should be proficient at reading music and have prior experience playing in an ensemble. See below for more specific prerequisites. Audition is required.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (includes lodging and meals):
$2,950

Application Fee:
$85

Piano Usage Fee:
$75

Optional Fees:
Secondary instrument lessons fee: $175.
Bedding and bath linens (includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel): $85

Audition Requirements & Deadlines

Junior Artist Immersion applicants must submit an audition (or a portfolio for Composition majors) 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.

Audition tips:

  • Try to avoid using excerpts from orchestral music. Instead, select pieces that are part of the accepted repertoire for your instrument.
  • As much as possible, your two pieces should contrast in tempo.
  • Please submit video recording or a YouTube link; audio-only recordings will not be accepted.

Application Deadline

  • January 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase One: apply by January 15 for a $150 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • February 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase Two: apply by February 15 for a $100 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • March 15, 2022: Final Deadline
  • After March 15, 2022: Applications accepted on space available basis.

Call us at 303-449-1106 to check availability.

Location and Address

This summer residential music camp takes place at our Estes Park campus:

465 Longs Peak Rd

Estes Park, CO 80517

Rocky Ridge Music is located near the base of Long’s Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just off of Highway 7, about 4 miles south of Estes Park and 6 miles north of Allenspark.

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.

Driving from Denver:
From Denver, take I-25 North. Exit onto Highway 66 West. At Lyons, take Highway 7 to Allenspark (left). Total drive time from DIA to RRMC is about 1 1⁄ 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.

Daily Schedule

Here is a link to the daily schedule. Please understand that this schedule is subject to change.

Junior Artist Immersion Daily Schedule

Student and Family Handbook

The handbook for this program, which contains important information and forms that need to be filled out and signed, can be found here.

Prerequisites

In general, students should be able to read music at a high level and should have multiple years of experience on their instrument. In addition, students should have prior experience playing in an ensemble. See below for more specific guidelines for each instrument.

STRINGS

String players should be on or above Book 4 of the Suzuki method or equivalent.

PIANO
The following list of pieces should give you an idea of the level required for JAI piano students:
  • Bach: 2 part inventions or more advanced (Sinfonias, French Suites, WTC)
  • Classical: Something along the lines of Mozart K 283 or the first movement K 309; or Haydn E minor or G major; or Beethoven op. 2, no. 1 or op. 14, no. 2
  • Romantic: Schumann—pieces from the second half of the Album for the Young; Chopin—easier Preludes (E minor, B minor, A major, C minor) or Waltzes, etc.
  • Impressionistic: Debussy—Children’s Corner; Reverie, Arabesques
  • Modern: Liebermann—Album for the Young; Bartok—Romanian Folk Dances; Prokofiev—Album for the Young; Kabalevsky—Sonatinas, Sonatas

You are welcome to call the office at 303-449-1106 or email RRMC@RockyRidge.org for more information.

COVID-19 Policies

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Location and Transportation

 

Rocky Ridge Music is located near the base of Long’s Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park. It 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! 

How to Apply
Applications for this residential summer camp are available now. Click the button below to start your application. Any questions? Let us know at RRMC@RockyRidge.org or 303-449-1106.

Deadline

March 15, 2022: Final Deadline

After March 15, 2022: Applications accepted on space available basis.

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Faculty
David Rife
Violin

David Rife

Junior Artist Immersion Violin Faculty
Instruments: Violin Education: M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., Eastman School of Music

David Rife received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of
Music and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of
Music. David moved to Tucson in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where he has held the
positions of Associate Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, Principal Second Violin, and Assistant
Principal Second Violin. David is a dedicated violin teacher, and first violinist of the Southwest String
Quartet. He was the first violinist of the TSO String Quartet for over 30 years. In 2005 he was the
recipient of the Outstanding Private String Teacher Award in Arizona by the American String Teachers
Association. His students have won local and statewide competitions, soloed with local orchestras and
many have attended music schools and conservatories throughout the country. David was inducted into
the Tucson Musicians Museum in 2012.

Wynne Wong-Rife
Violin

Wynne Wong-Rife

Junior Artist Immersion Violin Faculty
Instruments: Violin Education: M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., Eastman School of Music

Wynne Wong-Rife has a multi-faceted career as a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The TSO String Quartet and the Southwest String Quartet. In addition, she teaches a large class of violin students, several of whom have placed in competitions and soloed with local orchestras. After studying with John Ferrell at The University of Arizona for one year, she transferred to the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, and was awarded a B.M. with Distinction in Violin Performance. At Eastman she met and became engaged to David Rife, and in 1981, both decided to attend New England Conservatory of Music. Wynne graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1983 with a M.M. in Violin Performance, and then returned to Tucson with David to marry and start a family. Wynne and David have two daughters, Melissa and Molly (both cellists) and four cats. In addition to teaching and performing, Wynne also enjoys photography, knitting and Starbucks (not necessarily in that order).

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
Cello

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.

Gerardo Teissonnière
Piano (on leave 2022)

Gerardo Teissonnière

Junior Artist Immersion Piano Faculty (on leave summer 2022)
Instruments: Piano (on leave 2022) Education: Graduate, Cleveland Institute of Music; Post-graduate Diploma studies in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro

Regarded by international critics and audiences as an artist of extraordinary musicianship and rare sensibility since his acclaimed solo recital debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents. From the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Lincoln Center in New York to concert halls in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, Mr. Teissonnière has appeared in recital, as soloist with orchestra, in duo-piano and chamber music performances in concert series as well as in radio and television broadcasts throughout the world.

Concert season highlights include his solo recital debuts in Munich and Vienna, as well as solo and chamber music performances in Italy, in the United States with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, an appearance at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, a performance for an audience of twenty thousand and a solo recital at the Diaoyucheng International Music Festival in Chongqing, China, his solo recital and concerto debuts in Beijing, and all-Chopin concerts in Poland. In 2019 Mr. Teissonnière began performing all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra, and presented a series of solo recitals featuring works by and dedicated to the composer’s 250th anniversary in December of 2020. Upcoming season highlights include return engagements in Austria (Barocksaal in Vienna), and his solo recital debut in Paris featuring music by Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy in October of 2022. Mr. Teissonnière’s recording of the monumental last three Beethoven sonatas on the Steinway & Sons record label will be released in March of 2022.

Mr. Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in his native Puerto Rico. Conservatory studies followed with Jesús Maria Sanromá, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Steinway Immortal Vitya Vronsky Babin, both disciples of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot. He worked at the Aspen Music Festival with Jeaneane Dowis and in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov.

A member of the artist faculties at several international music festivals, Gerardo Teissonnière is also in great demand for his mentoring of young musicians, and conducts master classes and piano pedagogy seminars throughout the world. His students have performed as soloists on numerous occasions with some of the world’s most important orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, and in solo recital at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other venues.

Gerardo Teissonnière is the recipient of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Alumni Achievement Award, the Arthur Loesser Memorial Performance Prize, The Judson SmartLiving Award in Education, and multiple nominations for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts. An exclusive Steinway Artist, Mr. Teissonnière is on the Artist Roster of the Ohio Arts Council and the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation in New York.

Mari Tomizuka
Piano

Mari Tomizuka

Junior Artist Immersion Piano Faculty
Instruments: Piano

Mari Tomizuka was raised in Tucson. As a student of Eugene Pridonoff, she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Arizona State University. After a year studying and teaching undergraduate piano at the University of Miami, Florida, she accepted a teaching assistantship at New England Conservatory. Following the completion of her “modern piano” studies and Master’s Degree in Boston, she migrated to Europe to study with Stanley Hoogland and specialize in performance on historical instruments.

Since completing the post-graduate Certificate in Fortepiano from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands, Ms. Tomizuka has appeared as both a soloist and in chamber music with principal players from the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, Opera Orchestra of Antwerp, Stavanger Symphony of Norway, Amsterdam Ballet Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. She has been invited as a soloist to appear in festivals such as York Early Music (England), the Holland Festival of Early Music, Festival of Flanders (Belgium), and the International Music Festival of Granollers (Spain). Ms. Tomizuka has been featured in countless recital series in Holland, and after 17 years of living abroad in the Netherlands, she returned to her native Tucson. Her CD with classical mandolin virtuoso Richard Walz, “Mandolin Treasures from the Golden Era”, is available at Amazon.com. Current projects include promoting music by Haitian composers.

As a member of the Tucson Music Teachers Association, she owns and manages the 17th Street Ear Palace – a space dedicated to soirees, lessons and masterclasses, sound recordings, recitals, and public explorations of other genres of music.

Maggie Polk Olivo
Composition

Maggie Polk Olivo

Junior Artist Immersion Composition Faculty
Instruments: Composition

Maggie Polk-Olivo wears multiple hats as a musical collaborator, composer, educator and performer. Passionate about music education and new music, she is the creator and director of the BloomingSongs project- a music collection of works by renowned artists from all over the world. She teaches and co-directs the Fairview Artful Learning Violin Project alongside Brenda Brenner while coordinating the school’s performing arts program. Awarded the IU Freshman Composition Competition, she studied music composition with P.Q.Phan, Sven-David Sandstrom, Don Freund, Claude Baker, and Marilyn Shrude at IU Jacobs School of Music. Recognized by the Music Educators National Conference and a National Young Composer Award semi-finalist in her youth, Olivo has since had music performed and commissioned by the Southwest String Quartet, Vera String Quartet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Kim Carballo, Alejandra Martinez, and Sara Fraker.

In addition to composing, Olivo directs the IU JSOM’s Musical Beginnings and co-directs the Musical Arts Youth Organization’s Bridges, teaching music composition and chamber music. She is certified in the methodologies of John Feierabend, Musikgärten, Orff-Keetman Schulwerk, and Kodály Methodology. Maggie presents teacher-training workshops throughout the year and has been the recipient of Smithville, Puffin, and BUEA Foundation grants. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two children. In addition to creating music with and for others, she loves gardening and putting on shows with her kids.

EunJoo Jeon
Collaborative Piano

EunJoo Jeon

Junior Artist Immersion Collaborative Pianist
Instruments: Collaborative Piano Education: BA in Music Performance from Korean Christian University (Seoul)
MM in Collaborative Piano from SUNY Fredonia

Eun Joo Jeon is a South Korean pianist.  She is well known in the Western New York area where she works as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach.  As a freelance pianist, Jeon regularly provides her talents to multiple voice studios and stage productions at her alma mater, State University of New York at Fredonia.  She has also performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Glen Cortese, and Buffalo Unlimited Opera.

Jeon received her BA in Music Performance from Korean Christian University (Seoul), and her MM in Collaborative Piano from SUNY Fredonia.  Eun Joo is a returning faculty member at Rocky Ridge Music’s Junior Artist Immersion program.