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Rocky Ridge Music Center

Rocky Ridge Music Center

Rocky Ridge Music Center musicians
Musicians on mountain top
Grand piano
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3970 Broadway, Suite 201E Boulder, CO 80304
Mission Statement: 

The mission of Rocky Ridge Music Center is to foster personal development through music, nature and community.


Rocky Ridge Music Center, located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, offers summer residential music camps for youths and adults. Under the guidance of world-class faculty and guest artists, students will improve and broaden their musical skills in areas of strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice, and composition through solo, chamber music, orchestral, and choral studies. Students will have opportunities to create and perform new music, participate in concerto competition for a chance to perform with the summer orchestra and have ample opportunity to perform for master teachers. Students also attend inspiring Music in the Mountains faculty concerts. In addition to their music studies, students will have time to enjoy cultural and recreational activities in the Front Range and the many attractions in Estes Park including hiking, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding.

Rocky Ridge was founded in 1942 by pianist Beth Miller Harrod and is one of the oldest summer music programs in the country. It is located at the foot of 14,259 ft. Longs Peak in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. The historic Hewes-Kirkwood Lodge and cabins on 17 acres with a stream provide a stunning backdrop for performances, practices, lessons, reflection, dining, residence and friendships.

Goals & Outcomes: 

The Board of Trustees recently voted to adopt a strategic 5-year plan that calls for growth in programs and facilities.We continue to seek donors to fund building restoration, program development and instrument restoration projects. We also have made a significant commitment to expanding our scholarship funds to support more students - to this end, we continue our partnership with El Sistema Colorado serving Title 1 public school students in Denver and the Merit School of Music in Chicago. We also plan the addition of an "American Roots" program in September of 2015, as well as enhancements of our existing programs for youth and adults.

Our top accomplishments for the last fiscal year include doubling the size of our Adult Piano Seminar, starting a new adult program in Early Music, securing donors to fund restoration projects for several of the buildings on campus that are more than 100 years old, adding members to our board of directors, doubling our full-time staff, developing an advisory board of distinguished musicians from around the nation, and expanding our student concert outreach into the community.


"Everyone here inspires me to keep improving and always be my best. Thank you."

"The aesthetic environment is what keeps me coming back here....It's the perfect environment of community, family, and art."

"Our son had an amazingly positive experience. He enjoyed the music, friendships, teachers, and being in the mountains!"