Administration

  • We are amazed at how supportive these young people are of each other's individuality, creativity, and expression.

    – Parent of a Young Musicians Program student

Seth Brenzel, Executive Director & Director, Young Musicians Program
Marguerite Ladd, Director of Operations & Development Project Manager
Amy Bryan, Director of Development
Caroline Mallonée, Director, Creative Musicians Retreat & Academic Dean, Young Musicians Program
Peter Thompson, Director of Administration
Sam Pluta, Academic Dean, Young Musicians Program & Director, Electronic Music

 

Seth Brenzel

Executive Director
Director, Young Musicians Program

Seth Brenzel has been associated with The Walden School for more than 25 years. He was fortunate to be a student at Walden for six magical summers (1985-1990), and since 1994, has served the School as a staff member, faculty member, Director of Operations, and as the Associate Director from 1996 to 2003, when he became the School’s Executive Director. Since 1995, he has sung tenor with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and is currently a professional member of that ensemble. He currently studies voice with Ruth Rainero.

Seth serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Friends School, and in the past, he has served on the boards of The Walden School, Swarthmore College, and Earplay, a San Francisco-based new music ensemble. Seth received his B.A., with degrees in Music and Political Science, from Swarthmore College, where he served as President of the College’s Alumni Association. He received an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in non-profit management and marketing; he has also served on the Haas School’s Development Council. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership San Francisco, where he has also served as an alumni advisor.

Prior to becoming Walden’s first full-time Executive Director, Seth worked part-time for Walden during the year and held positions as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, in marketing and public relations at the San Francisco Symphony, and most recently led both the marketing and the enterprise sales teams for an internet software company, now part of Adobe. When not at Walden, Seth lives in San Francisco with his partner, Malcolm Gaines, and their daughter, Cora.

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Marguerite Ladd

Director of Operations
Development Project Manager

Marguerite Ladd, Director of Operations, received a bachelor of music degree in composition from New England Conservatory of Music and a masters degree in music theory and composition with concentration in scoring for film and multimedia at New York University. She has studied with Ira Newborn, Deniz Hughes, Michael Gandolfi, and Lee Hyla, and has worked closely with Mark Snow, John Malia, and Malcolm Peyton. Marguerite’s music has been performed by the Hudson River String Quartet, New England Conservatory’s Honors String Quartet, Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Singers, among other contemporary ensembles. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker. She worked for PBS in Boston composing music for several different kinds of media publications that focus on education. She has scored many short films and commercials including films for L.A. directors Celeste Ward and Kelly Donovan. She currently works for composer Tan Dun.

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Amy Bryan

Director of Development

 Amy hails from beautiful Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco. Throughout high school she participated in exemplary choral music programs that were life-changing and life-directing for her. She attended Boston University as a Political Science major, and continued her music education singing under Anne Howard Jones, Julian Wachner, and Robert Shaw. Amy moved to San Francisco ten years ago, and has been fortunate enough to work with some of the finest artists and arts organizations in the area as staff, consultant, or Board member. These include the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, Chanticleer, LEVYdance, The Crucible, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and composer/DJ Mason Bates. She is honored to add The Walden School to that list. When not at a performance of some kind, Amy can usually be found in the kitchen, cooking elaborate meals for family and friends. 

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Caroline Mallonée

Director, Creative Musicians Retreat
Academic Dean, Young Musicians Program

Caroline Mallonée has been on the faculty of The Walden School since 1998. Her work has been performed in New York City at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Symphony Space, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Tenri Cultural Center, and Tonic, as well as at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, 21st Century Schizoid Music, on the New Music New Haven series and at Boston’s Jordan Hall. Her music has been performed in the U.S., the Netherlands, Wales, England, Japan, Iceland, Italy and Mexico, and has been broadcast several times over National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” Several of her choral pieces, including The Carolers At My Door, are published by Boosey & Hawkes. Carrie holds degrees from Harvard University, The Yale School of Music and Duke University, and she was a Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands in 2004.

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Sam Pluta

Academic Dean, Young Musicians Program & Director, Electronic Music

Known internationally for his laptop performances with groups like Rocket Science, Wet Ink Ensemble, and The Peter Evans Quintet, New York City-based composer/improviser Sam Pluta, Academic Dean and Director of Electronic Music, is one of the most compelling electronics performers of his generation. As a composer, he has been commissioned and premiered by Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, So Percussion, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet and has performed internationally as a laptop soloist and chamber musician, with appearances at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Moers Festival, Bimhaus, Porgy and Bess, and the Vortex, amongst other international venues and festivals. A devoted pedagogue, he directs the Electronic Music Studio at Manhattan School of Music and is Academic Dean and Director of Electronic Music at the Walden School. Sam’s music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson, and his performances can also be found on More Is More, Tzadik, and hat[now]ART. Sam holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University.

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Peter Thompson

Administrative Manager

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Past Administration

Anne Deane Berman
Stephen Coxe
Kate Davis
Lindsay Edwards
Audrey Enriquez
Bradley Evans
Malcolm Gaines
Tanja Shipman Gubser
Thomson Guster
Lynn Taylor Hebden
Morgen Jahnke
Esther Landau

Deborah Katz
Amelia Lukas
Laura Mehiel
Jefferson Packer
Patricia Plude
Pamela Layman Quist
Brendon Randall-Myers
Thomas Serene
Benjamin Smith
Andrew Thams
Randy Thomas
Leo Wanenchak