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):

Application Fee:

Piano Usage Fee:

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. 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

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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.


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

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.

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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.


  • 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.

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David Rife

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

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).

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.

Gerardo Teissonnière

Gerardo Teissonnière

Junior Artist Immersion Piano Faculty
Instruments: Piano 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, D.C., American pianist Gerardo Teissonnière brings to the concert stage an exciting amalgam of the diverse and important musical traditions he represents. From appearances at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Lincoln Center in New York to concert halls throughout Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, Mr. Teissonnière appears in solo recital, as soloist with orchestra, in duo-piano and chamber music performances in major concert series as well as in radio and television broadcasts throughout the world.


Highlights of recent concert seasons include solo recital debuts in Munich, Italy and Vienna, as well as
solo and chamber music performances with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and critically acclaimed performances at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. Recent concert season events include appearances at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Lincoln Center in NewYork City, a performance for an audience of twenty thousand and a solo recital at the Diayucheng International Music Festival in Chongqing, China, his solo recital debut in Beijing, all-Chopin concerts in Poland, chamber music concerts in Latin America featuring première performances of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Pablo Casals, and a return engagement with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The 2018 season marked his debut as soloist with orchestra in Beijing, appearances in concert and master classes in New York City, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, as Artist-in-Residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado and a solo recital tour of Shaanxi, Henan, Hunan, and Szechuan Provinces in China. In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Teissonnière began two projects: performing all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra, and a series of recitals featuring works by and inspired toward the composer’s 250th anniversary, and Schubert 2020, his much anticipated traversal of the piano music of Franz Schubert.

During the worldwide Schubert Bicentennial celebrations, Mr. Teissonnière presented a series of critically
acclaimed solo recitals dedicated to the works of the Viennese composer. Highly regarded since for his
interpretations of the Classical repertoire, he has presented local, regional, American and world premièreperformances of music by 20th century and contemporary composers such as Pablo Casals, AaronCopland, Claude Debussy, Evan Fein, Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Golijov, Lowell Liebermann, Darius Milhaud, Arvo Pärt, Jake Runestad and Robert Schumann.


Gerardo Teissonnière combines an active performance schedule with faculty appointments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, and served as Artistic Director of the Piano Department and Artist-in-Residence at the Amati Music Festival in New York. He is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in the field of piano performance and pedagogy, the Judson Smart Living Award in Education, and received multiple nominations for the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts.


Mr. Teissonnière began his musical training at an early age in Puerto Rico with Cecilia Talavera and LuzHutchinson. He continued Conservatory studies with Jesús Maria Sanromá and Vitya Vronsky, both
pupils of Artur Schnabel and Alfred Cortot, at the Aspen Music Festival with Jeaneane Dowis, in Europe with Dmitri Bashkirov and Joaquín Achúcarro, and made his debut as soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony as a laureate in the first Jesús Maria Sanromá Piano Competition. An exclusive Steinway Artist, Mr. Teissonnière is on the Artist Roster of the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation in New York.


Gerardo Teissonnière is 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
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. A member of the Artist Faculties at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and Music Fest Perugia in Italy, Gerardo Teissonnière is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2019 Mr. Teissonnière celebrates his 30th anniversary as member of the Piano Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Steinway Immortal Vitya Vronsky Babin

Maggie Polk Olivo

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.