Lake City String Academy Violin Intensive for Collegiate Level Violinists

July 24 -July 31, 2021

2021 application portal will be open on December 1st
Application Deadline:
April 1, 2021

A week to focus
in beautiful
Lake City, CO

A violin intensive to help you get to the

next level

Lake City String Academy 

A Peak Experience for Advanced Violinists


The Lake City String Academy is an intensive one-week violin course designed to provide college students (age 18 and up) an environment to improve their craft under the guidance of Texas Tech University Violin Professor Annie Chalex Boyle. Located in magnificent Lake City, CO, participants will have the opportunity to have daily private lessons and master classes.

-Private Lessons and Masterclasses with Annie Chalex Boyle

-Rehearsals with Collaborative Pianists

-Coachings with Music Composition/Theorist John K Boyle 

-Career discussions

-Community Outreach

-Faculty Concerts 


The goal of the Lake City String Academy is to provide a high level opportunity for individual growth in a beautiful location at a reasonable cost for violinists aged 18 and up. At the end of the week, students will perform a solo concert at the Mary Stigall Theater at the Moseley Arts Center.

Application Fee

$60 due by June 1, 2021


You will be sent an email to upload two recent videos displaying your playing


Seven violinists will be selected to participate.  You will be notified by June 7, 2021



Housing and all lessons are included for the week.

You are responsible for travel

Director of Lake City String Academy

Professor Annie Chalex Boyle

Director and Violin Teacher

Violinist Annie Chalex Boyle is internationally recognized as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  Her playing has been hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Kalamazoo Gazette) and “eloquent and poignant” (The San Antonio Express Journal).  Ms. Chalex Boyle has won prizes at the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and was a finalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Stulberg International String Competition.  She was also the Grand Prize Winner of the Junior Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. 


As a soloist, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed recitals and been concerto soloist throughout North and South American.  She has soloed with the Filarmonica Coral de Honduras, Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, National Quartz Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, New England Conservatory Orchestra, Harper College Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Northwest Symphony of Chicago, Randel Chamber Orchestra, Mondovi Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Virtuosi, and numerous others.  She has been a recital guest at Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music North, Chamber Music Amarillo, Anacrusis Recital Series, and St. Louis Cathedral Series.


She has been Concertmaster of the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, Amarillo Virtuosi, Interlochen Faculty Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Randel Chamber Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, and Quartz Mountain Music Festival.  Before moving to Lubbock, she taught violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, was the Director of Educational Activities with Chamber Music North, and was the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival.  She has been the first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet and was a faculty member at West Texas A&M University.  During her tenure with the Harrington String Quartet, the group toured extensively nationally and internationally, including a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and on the roster of Mid-America Arts Alliance.  The quartet was featured in the PBS television documentary entitled “A Sound Collaboration-The Harrington String Quartet”, and released an Albany Recording of the complete string quartets of Daniel McCarthy in September of 2007.  While Ms. Chalex Boyle was a member, The Harrington Quartet performed with guest artists David Shifrin, Robert Levin, James Dunham, Arthur Rowe, Pepe Romero, James Dick, and members of the Pro Arte, Miro, and Cavani Quartets.   The quartet premiered commissions by Kenji Bunch ("String Circle"), John Novacek ("Cutaway") and Suzanne Farrin ("Twisting of the Rope," for uilleann bagpipes and string quartet).  While living in Amarillo, Ms. Chalex Boyle was also on the faculty at Amarillo College as a teacher with the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.


Ms. Chalex Boyle taught at Midwest Young Artists in Chicago from 2006-2008, where she maintained a private studio and coached chamber music.  She was also a chamber music coach for the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra during that time.  She is formerly a member of the Southwest String Quartet, the quartet in residence with the Southwest Chamber Music Society, in Los Angeles.  During her tenure, she worked with many contemporary composers including Elliot Carter, Oliver Knussen, and Stephen Hartke.  Ms. Chalex Boyle has also been a member of the groups XTET and Pentacle, both contemporary music ensembles.  In the fall of 2013, she co-premiered a work by John Harbison entitled “Crossroads” for String Quintet, Oboe, and Soprano.  She has been heard frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today” with various chamber music ensembles and chamber orchestras. 


In the summer, Ms. Chalex Boyle is a frequently requested teacher and has been on the faculties at Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Wisconsin, the Austin Chamber Music Center in Texas, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Fontana Chamber Arts Festival in Michigan, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia, the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington, Chamber Music at the Barn in Kansas, and the Festival-Institute at Roundtop in Texas.  In the summer of 2020, she will be a Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, as well as the Lake City String Academy in Colorado.


She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett (cum laude) and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Mann and Felix Galimir.  She has also studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Center of the North Shore in Winnetka, IL.


Ms. Chalex Boyle is currently an Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.


Supplemental Lessons with Composer/Theorist
Dr. John Boyle

Dr. Boyle will meet with each violinist in supplemental lessons to work on historical perspectives, analysis, and presenting the works to be performed.

John Boyle is an Instructor of Theory and Composition in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Dr. Boyle taught for twenty years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he also served as the Coordinator of Composition and Theory. During the last two summers, he has been a member of the faculty at the Lake City String Academy in Lake City, Colorado.


In the last decade, Boyle has been a program annotator for Lake City Arts, Chamber Music Amarillo, and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival. He has also served as concert speaker/lecturer for CMA and QMMF.


As composer, his music has been performed at the International Electronic Music Plus Festival, the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region V Convention, and the Virginia College Band Directors Symposium XI. He has written commissioned music for the Diocese of Gaylord, Quartet-a-Tete, cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes, and saxophonist Kevin Heidbreder.


In 2003, one of his composition students was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. As a result, the US Department of Education named him a Distinguished Teacher and he received his commemorative plaque from First Lady Laura Bush.

Collaborative Pianist

Rick Rowley

Rick Rowley’s musical life is characterized by variety. Early this year he performed MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor, Marcelo Lehninger. He was pianist for the Houston Saengerbund’s German Lieder competition and the French American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours du Chant for French Art Song. This spring has included numerous chamber music concerts and his third guest artist appearance with choral group Ars Longa. This summer he is again serving as artistic director of the Butler Opera Center Young Artists’ Program, playing chamber, vocal and choral concerts for the Texas Bach Festival, and helping Peter Bay with rehearsals for the Bernstein “Mass”. He is also continuing his series of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas for Mozart Festival Texas in San Antonio.


Mr. Rowley has made several recordings of solo piano repertoire, chamber music and art songs. His second CD with flutist, Marianne Gedigian, was one of the first recordings issued on the UT Longhorn label. He has recorded piano music of Chopin, Liszt, Granados, Mompou and American composers David Guion, Richard Cumming, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. His recordings with sopranos Cheryl Parrish and Mela Dailey also feature music of American composers.


Mr. Rowley is on the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. He coaches singers and works with collaborative pianists, has taught classes in German, French and American art song, singing and acting for musical theater and a history of musical theater on Broadway. He has appeared twice as soloist with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the UTSO and performed concerti of Mozart and Beethoven with student ensembles and conductors. He is heard frequently on broadcasts of live performances from the BSOM and his solo piano performances have earned him the Austin Critics’ Table award for Instrumentalist of the Year and 10 Best Performances of Music and Dance by the Austin Chronicle. 


As the result of an equestrian accident, Mr. Rowley did not play publicly for several years. During that time, he became involved in theater and has been part of over 50 productions as actor, director and musical director. He has acted in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Marivaux to first productions of contemporary playwrights. In addition to performing and teaching for FAVA in France, he directed Mozart’s two one-act operas, “Bastien und Bastienne” and “Der Schauspieldirektor”, for their program in Salzburg. He has appeared with the Austin Symphony as an actor in two “Beyond the Score” presentations and an evening dedicated to the music of Silvestre Revueltas. He played the role of Frosch in a production of “Die Fledermaus” at the Butler Opera Center and continues to be a frequent speaker in concerts involving the spoken word.

Five Hours of Personal Practice Daily

Practice Performing Through Outreach

Daily Lessons

In A Magnificent Setting


For more information about Lake City String Academy, our programs, activities, staff, and more, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Lake City String Academy

Lake City Arts
300 Silver St, Lake City, CO 81235

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