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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John Jungerberg, Associate Director
Start Date: 2017

John comes to Rocky Ridge from Macky Auditorium Concert Hall at the University of Colorado Boulder where he worked as Operations Manager. In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations of this 2,048-seat, College of Music venue and served as the main point of contact for their clients. Prior to that role, John earned his MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during which time he spent two summers working at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival as Artist Liaison and then Artistic / Operations Administrator. There he provided administrative and management support to the Artistic Director, Director of Artistic Planning, and Director of Operations, as well as the artistic planning staff of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. A native of Tampa, FL, he holds undergraduate music degrees in trumpet from Florida State University and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he also taught elementary music through a Musician-in-Residence program and then as a public-school music teacher. John continues to play trumpet in community orchestras along the Front Range and in his free time enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and mountain biking. He is very excited about taking this next step in his career and eager to contribute to the mission of Rocky Ridge Music Center

John Dilts, Dir., Partnerships and Strategy
Start Date: 2015

A former advisory council member,John Dilts joined the staff of Rocky Ridge in 2015 after a two-decade career in public policy and management research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. While at Chapin Hall, he was involved in a wide range of research projects partnering with government agencies at all levels with the aim of improving services through the use of analytics in decision-making. In this capacity he was responsible for statistical analysis, data warehouse development, and research design, and accumulated deep expertise not only in research methods but a broad array of service sectors, including social services, education, and healthcare. John holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder and an M.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago where he also pursued doctoral studies in sociology. An accomplished amateur classical guitarist, he has long been interested in the link between the arts and child development and has served as a volunteer or pro bono consultant for many nonprofits in the arts and culture arena.

SoYoung Lee, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2007

SoYoung Lee, Music Director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An award winning pianist and a Regents Scholar, she is a recipient of the Ernő Dohnányi Piano Prize, Gwendolyn Koldofsky Accompanying Fellowship and the Corwin Composition Award. SoYoung is involved with a number of music and dance projects including Bach2Brazil and In the Mist chamber ballets in collaboration with choreographer and former Balanchine dancer Viki Psihoyos, a multi-disc recording project of Schumann with pianist Sergio Gallo and baritone Daniel Ihasz. She has held director positions at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Adult Education & Preparatory Department, Millikin University Preparatory Division and the Boulder Arts Academy & Boulder Ballet. SoYoung served on the music faculty at Millikin, State University of New York, Fredonia and was a visiting Piano Pedagogy faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She attended the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham School of Music in England, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Santa Barbara on a full music scholarship. SoYoung is equally at home as a performing artist, teacher, producer, and an arts advocate.


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