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Rocky Ridge Music Center
465 Longs Peak Rd.

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Founded in 1942, Rocky Ridge Music Center is dedicated to providing transformative music education at both our historic summer campus in Estes Park, CO and our newly established year-round Music Academy in Boulder, CO.  

The Center’s programs give students of all ages and levels a variety of opportunities to work with exceptional artists, teachers, and colleagues from around the world. Rocky Ridge encourages participants to engage in lifelong music-making and to build creative communities where they live and work.

Rocky Ridge Music Center: transforming lives through music, nature, and community.

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$85 application fee 

Applications received by February 15 will receive an Early Bird Tuition Discount of $50 (adult programs excepted).
Junior Music Camp (ages 10 to 15)
Tuesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 31
Tuition $1950, includes room and board

Faculty members guide students to develop their unique musical talents in a supportive and inspirational community. The camp curriculum is varied, comprehensive, and fun: students immerse themselves in music through private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestra, choir, fiddling and jazz improvisation classes, and more. All students participate in creating an original musical theater piece by working together as composers, cast members, pit musicians, and visual artists.

New Jazz Camp (ages 13 to 17)
Tuesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 7
Tuition $975, includes room and board

This brand-new program offers one week of immersion in the performance, theory, and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from those whose study of jazz is just beginning to experienced improvisers. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small

ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork, and musicality; performances in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. String players delve into the unique challenges of performing jazz in string-quartet settings. Students also have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes.

New Junior Artist Seminar (ages 13 to 17)
Tuesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 19
Tuition $1950, includes room and board

In two weeks of intense immersion in music, students hone their skills and develop their unique musical voices through composition, ensembles, performance, and private tutorials. Additionally, students collaborate to compose a new orchestral work for the final concert. Opportunities for growth are unparalleled: students may elect to explore jazz improvisation or fiddling, and can challenge themselves further through advanced classical repertoire or participation in the concerto competition.

Young Artist Seminar (ages 18 to 24)
Tuesday, June 21 – Sunday, July 17
Tuition: $3200, includes room and board

During four weeks of intense study, students receive an education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth, and value. While participating in twice-weekly private lessons and two full orchestra concerts, students delve deeply into advanced chamber music and perform for their peers and the public at our historic concert hall and in the community. They may choose, in addition, to participate in a concerto competition, explore traditional music from around the world, and attend panel discussions about the music industry led by experienced professionals. Young Artist composers are given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and recorded by faculty musicians.

Adult Piano Seminars (ages 18+)
Session 1: Saturday, May 28 to Wednesday, June 1
Session 2: Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 5
Tuition: $925, includes room and board

Pianists of all levels are invited to participate in a 5- or 10-day intensive seminar exploring the enormously rich solo piano repertoire. Through daily master classes, private lessons, discussion panels, and studio performance classes, students develop their skills in a friendly, supportive, and stimulating community.

Chamberre in the Rockies (ages 18+)
Wednesday, August 10 – Sunday, August 14
Tuition: $520, includes room and board

Chamberre in the Rockies is a program for mature amateur and professional musicians. Players assemble in small groups to read through a wide range of chamber music, some chosen from Rocky Ridge’s large music library, some brought by attendees to share. Participants develop lasting friendships, forged in five days of music and great food.  A farewell participant concert for the public is optional.

American Roots Music Program (ages 18+)
Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5
Tuition:$825, includes room and board $150 per day (meals, lessons, all events, no lodging) $25 per class

Now in its second year, this broad reaching program welcomes singers, banjo pickers, fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolinists-- players interested in many facets of roots music. Along with private and group instruction, students learn to craft vocal and instrumental music arrangements of their own. The program probes blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Creole, old-time mountain ballad and song styles, honky-tonk fiddling, and works by newer singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who draw their inspiration from traditional music. Events include a live dance with caller, a banjo seminar, a student and faculty sing-around, and a workshop on Rio Grande fiddle tunes from Native American and Spanish colonial traditions.  This program is open to advanced beginners to advanced levels. Participants under age 18 are welcome with adult chaperone. Family discounts available. 


Tickets Available Online, by Phone, and at the Door
$25 general admission $20 seniors and children 12 and younger

Music in the Mountains Faculty Concert Series 
Sundays at 3 PM

Rocky Ridge Music Center Concert Hall, Estes Park, CO
June 5: Adult Piano Seminar Faculty
June 12: Junior Artist Seminar Faculty
June 26, July 3, 10: Young Artist Seminar Faculty
July 24: Junior Music Camp Faculty
September 4: American Roots Music Program Faculty


Young Artist Outreach Concerts
Wednesdays at 7PM, The Old Gallery, Allenspark CO
June 29, July 6
Junior Music Camp Honors Student Concerts
Thursdays at 3:30PM, The Old Gallery, Allenspark CO
June 16, July 28

See website for FREE STUDENT CONCERTS at Rocky Ridge throughout the summer.

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