Rocky Ridge Music Center

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 year-round community music school in Boulder, CO. The Center's programs give students of all ages and levels a variety of opportunities to work with exceptional artists, teacher, and colleagues from around the world.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Rocky Ridge Music Center Foundation​​​​​​​
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Acronym
RRMC
Date Established
1991
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-6035931
Addresses
Headquarters Address
3970 Broadway, Suite 201E
Boulder, CO 80304
Colorado Location
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Other Phone Number
1-970-443-0242
Web/Email
Email
rrmc@rockyridge.org
Website
rockyridge.org
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Mission Statement

Rocky Ridge Music Center's mission is to transform lives through music, nature, and community. We envision a local, regional, and national community where all people have the opportunity to be inspired and elevated by music, and will in turn use their gifts to support and connect with their peers and the world around them.

Testimonials



"The teachers here are national treasures. In the same breath, they make themselves and their art as accessible to students as they would to members of their very own family." -- 2015 American Roots student

"It was such a wonderful experience. This will always be my second home." -- 2015 Junior Music Camp student

"My favorite part about Rocky Ridge was the ability I had to express myself. I felt there were no limitations to what I could do with my music." -- 2015 Young Artist Seminar student

Organization History

In 1942, pianist Beth Miller Harrod purchased the historic Hewes-Kirkwood Inn at the foot of Longs Peak and established a retreat where musicians would be able to immerse themselves in musical studies away from the distractions of daily life. With the high country as a backdrop, Harrod was able to realize her vision of creating a serene place for a unique experience joining intensive musical study in a close community of students and faculty with unparalleled natural beauty. This year, Rocky Ridge Music Center is celebrating both its 75th anniversary of providing summer music programming in this spectacular setting and the success of new ventures inaugurating a phase of growth and evolution.
Rocky Ridge Music Center's mission is to transform lives through music, nature and community. We envision a local, regional, and national community where all people have the opportunity to be inspired and elevated by music, and will in turn use their gifts to support and connect with their peers and the world around them. This mission embodies three long-standing organizational values that are the foundation of RRMC's philosophy:
• Dedication to the highest standards of artistic excellence
• Recognition of the importance of history and place in the production of art
• Commitment to the notion that art is dynamic and responsive to the present
Since our beginning in the early 1940s, the place of music in elementary and secondary education has become more tenuous, advancing technology has changed the ways in which people are involved in music as both creators and consumers, and the funding environment for nonprofit arts organizations has become more competitive. These changes have created an imperative for continual re-examination of both how the purpose of the arts is understood and in how arts programs can be used to meet social needs. While we have taken these challenges head on by working to provide innovative and culturally authentic programming, our dedication to our mission has remained constant.
Today, our Longs Peak campus comprises the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn and over 40 other structures functioning as a performance hall, practice room, teaching studios, a composition lab, and residential cabins. During our summer season, students from Colorado join with others from around the nation for individual lessons, master classes, participation in small and large ensembles, and opportunities to share their music with the community through public concerts and events. In winter 2015 we established Rocky Ridge Music Academy at Boulder, a community music school working to bring multifaceted music education programming to the area that serves as our year-round home. Our new school allows students of all ages and levels to participate in individual and group lessons and take part in regular performances throughout the year, and opens opportunities to engage new communities and break new ground through innovative partnerships and programs.

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