March 2011 eNews: InterNetzo

  • I came away with an inspiring performance of my latest composition, new skills to apply to my craft, and new allies for the journey ahead.

    – Creative Musicians Retreat Participant

Table of Contents


Message from the Executive Director
Walden Honored with National Music Education Award
Apply to Participate in a Walden Program (or two!)
Event Roundup and Preview: Spring 2011
Reflections on a Residency at the Dublin School
Community News and Goods
Opportunities & Organizations Listing
Now Hear This! Works by 2010 Walden Participants

Message from the Executive Director

Greetings from Walden’s year-round office here in San Francisco. There is much to report on about Walden: a new program, an award from the American Music Center, new board members, new staff, upcoming deadlines for applications to our programs, residencies and partnerships and more. I invite you to peruse all of the articles in this month’s InterNetzo, which is brimming with news and information about your favorite summer music festival, school and camp!

This year, we are piloting our first-ever Creative Musicians Retreat, designed for Walden and JCC alumni, parents, friends and interested adult musicians who want to have their own weeklong Walden experience. Directed by Caroline Mallonée, the program features faculty members Marshall Bessires, Leo Wanenchak, Loretta Notareschi and Sam Pluta. Activities will include daily chorus, classes in musicianship topics, computer music, music history and analysis and daily composition lessons for those who are interested. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will be in residence, along with composer Russell Pinkston. I hope you’ll consider joining us at what promises to be a fantastic week of the very best of Walden musicianship, community, composition and creativity on the campus of Smith College, June 11-19. And please tell your friends and colleagues.

Walden’s Young Musicians Program starts on June 25, and we have a wonderful roster of guest artists and residencies to tell you about (in April!). Our faculty and staff team is nearly complete, and there are only about 5 more places in our student body for this upcoming summer. I’ll look forward to previewing more about ‘camp’ in next month’s issue of InterNetzo. Our 2011 Teacher Training Institute, August 3-10 in Dublin, New Hampshire, is taking shape as well. Music educators from California, Texas, New Jersey and everywhere in between are making plans to join Walden’s teacher training faculty for a week of practical music pedagogy training. Participants will be able to learn proven methods for developing the creative voices of their own students, enjoy a weeklong retreat with other like-minded music teachers and develop their own musicianship skills in computer music, improvisation, ear training, solfege, choral singing, rhythms, theory and composition.

Marshall Bessières, a long time Young Musicians Program faculty member, is currently in residence at the Dublin School, assisting Jessica Harrison (Teacher Training Institute alumna from 2009-2010) in presenting classes in creative work from the musicianship course, as well as two sections of computer musicianship. This residency follows on Bill Stevens’ successful residency in the spring of 2010, about which you can read separately in this month’s newsletter.

In October 2010, Walden welcomed Jefferson Packer to the team as Walden’s Director of Administration. Jefferson keeps the office running smoothly, handles marketing and outreach tasks, and manages Walden’s finances. He is a Teacher Training Institute alumnus from August 2010, a pianist and singer, holds degrees from Harvard University and San Francisco State University, speaks 5 languages (or is it 6?), and comes to us most recently from the San Francisco Symphony, where he was the Manager of the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. We’re fortunate to have his expertise and energy devoted to Walden. To learn more about Walden’s administrative staff, please visit: http://www.waldenschool.org/about/staff.shtml.

In July 2010, we bid farewell to two outgoing members of Walden’s Board of Directors: Leo Wanenchak and Rita Mitra. They both contributed so much to the furthering of Walden’s mission and the work of the board during their tenures. We are grateful for their terrific service, and of course, we look forward to their continued involvement in the School. We also welcomed four new directors to the board in July: Chad Shampine of New York City; Robin Kenney of Peterborough, NH; James Athey of Washington, DC; and Anne Haxo of Haydenville, Massachusetts. To learn more about Walden’s board of directors, visit the board page on Walden’s website: http://www.waldenschool.org/about/board.shtml. We are excited about what each of them brings to the work of the Board of Directors and thank them for already jumping in and making wonderful contributions to Walden.

There is a lot happening at Walden as we prepare for our 39th season. Each of our programs offers something special for our participants – whether they are creative music educators, young musicians interested in composition and improvisation, or now, adult musicians seeking a creative Walden experience. I hope you, your family and your colleagues will join us in beautiful New England this summer.

Seth Brenzel
Director, Young Musicians Program
Executive Director
sbrenzel@waldenschool.org

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Walden Honored with National Music Education Award

The Walden School will receive the 2011 New Music Educators Award from the American Music Center on May 2, 2011, at an awards ceremony in New York City.

The New Music Educator Award was established by the American Music Center’s Board of Directors in 2006. This award is open to conductors, professors, lecturers, academics, and others who have made important contributions in the realm of education, but might not always be well known to the rest of the new music community. Previous winners include musicologist Charles Hamm and the New World Symphony.

The Walden School is the recipient of our New Music Educator Award, honoring their creative philosophy and curriculum, as well as their contribution toward motivating and mentoring decades of successful students.”
– Joanne Hubbard Cossa, President and CEO of the
American Music Center

Also being honored at the awards ceremony will be preeminent composers William Bolcom and John Harbison, the Copland House and So Percussion, a fantastic quartet of percussionists dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Many congratulations to everyone involved with Walden, whether since 1972 or since last month! This is a terrific acknowledgement of the great work that we all do together.

Read more about the award here.

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Apply to Participate in a Walden Program (or two!)

Applications are still being accepted for each of our programs — it is certainly not too late to plan to spend part of your summer with Walden! And if you can’t attend one of Walden’s programs this summer, we hope you will tell your friends and family and colleagues about what a terrific experience they will have if they do! Limited need-based financial aid is available for all programs.

Creative Musicians Retreat – NEW!
June 11-June 19, 2011 on the campus of Smith College
For more information and to download application materials, visit: www.waldenschool.org/creative-musicians-retreat/
Any adult (18+) musician is invited to join Walden faculty, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Composer-in-Residence Russell Pinkston for a weeklong workshop in musicianship, composition, choral singing, improvisation, and more! Space is limited to 25 participants.

Young Musicians Program (aka YMP)
June 25-July 31, 2011 on the campus of the Dublin School
For more information and to download application materials, visit: waldenschool.org/young-musicians-program
Join Walden’s top-notch faculty and staff for a 5-week summer music immersion experience of musicianship, composition, choral singing and many other enriching activities. Open to young musicians ages 9-18. Guest artists will include Paul Moravec, Pamela Z, Eric Huebner, and the Firebird Ensemble, among others.

Teacher Training Institute’s Developing Creative Expression (aka TTI)
August 3-August 10, 2011 on the campus of the Dublin School
For more information and to download application materials, visit: waldenschool.org/teacher-training-institute
Walden’s master teaching faculty will lead a group of 40 like-minded music educators through a professional development experience like no other, and provide pedagogy instruction in musicianship, solfege, rhythms, improvisation, composition, choral singing, computer music,and jazz musicianship. Grammy-nominated Dave Eggar will appear in concert as part of the workshop!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Event Roundup and Preview: Spring 2011

The Walden School/Junior Conservatory Camp community loves to get together. We love to gather in support of Walden’s programs, to celebrate our successes, to sing, to share new music and conversation together. And we love to simply get together to enjoy our friendships.

In early October, more than 100 friends of Walden gathered at Birdland on a crisp New York evening to hear three alumni of Walden’s programs: vocalist Hilary Kole, pianist Bill Stevens and drummer Eric Mrozkowski. The musical synergy between the three was astounding, supported by the very able bass playing of Gray Hackelman. The atmosphere was festive and the conversation engaging, and the event raised more than $10,000 for Walden’s financial aid programs. Attendees included numerous East Coast board members, alumni and family and friends. Check out the photos here!

In mid-October, 75 friends joined us at the Getty mansion in San Francisco in celebration of Walden’s generous supporters. In this glorious setting, we were treated to an outstanding performance by legendary pianist and member of Walden’s Advisory Council, Leon Fleisher, and the award-winning Cypress String Quartet. The program included solo piano and chamber works by our host, Gordon Getty, as well as Debussy, Korngold, Jenő Takács, and Brahms’ arrangement of the Bach Chaconne for the left hand. Attendees included our local supporters and board members from near and far.

Alumni also had numerous opportunities to get together in December, with holiday potlucks in New York, Baltimore, and San Francisco. In Baltimore, Ellen, Ed and Meade Bernard hosted a party with two dozen guests. Mid-way through the party, the house received a Skype call from the Walden office in San Francisco, so Esther and Seth got to say hello to guests, including Tom Hecht who was in town from Singapore. Seth also Skyped into the party in New York, where Walden faculty member and TTI alumnus Marshall Bessières cheerfully hosted nearly 20 people into his apartment. And in San Francisco, Walden’s Development Director Esther Landau and her wife Caroline Pincus welcomed 30 guests into their home. There was much singing, including a group reading of Carrie Mallonee’s newly published choral work, Dona Nobis Pacem.

More new works were shared and discussed when alumni gathered at Composers Forums in Baltimore and San Francisco. All told, these programs featured dozens of performers presenting new music by 19 alumni of the Junior Conservatory Camp and Walden’s Young Musicians Program and Teacher Training Institute. Music ran the gamut from both traditional and improvisational choral settings and piano solos to jazz and chamber rock. Noah Mlotek and D.J. Sparr co-moderated in Baltimore, and our San Francisco moderators were Cody Wright and Alex Christie. Both Forums were followed immediately by mini-reunions at local restaurants.

Want to join us at an event this spring or summer? Here’s a brief list of what’s coming up:

• Alumni Composers Forum on April 10 in New York

• Fundraisers on May 1 in Baltimore, May 15 in San Francisco, and July 30 in Dublin

• The premieres of alumna Cara Haxo’s new work for PRISM Saxophone Quartet on June 3rd and 4th in New York and Philadelphia, respectively.

And, for those of you wanting a deeper immersion in the Walden community than a single event can provide, consider attending one of Walden’s three Walden’s three programs this summer – now there’s something for everyone at Walden!

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Reflections on a Residency at the Dublin School

By Bill Stevens

When I first caught wind of the proposed initiative for a member of Walden’s faculty to be in residence during the year at the Dublin School (our campus hosts for the last several decades), I only had to think about it for a few seconds before piping up and saying “I’ll do it.” And so it happened that last spring I spent a month at the Dublin School, teaching two musicianship classes, offering some private lessons, mentoring and collaborating with Dublin’s music teacher Jess Harrison, and giving a concert with my jazz trio. I was drawn by the chance to deepen the relationship between our two programs, not just academically and artistically, but personally as well. I was first a Walden student in 1992; 2010 was my fourteenth on that campus. Some members of the Dublin community have been around all of those summers, and yet beyond knowing each others names and saying a casual hello, we’ve had few moments of meaningful contact. For me, these relationships have transformed, having had the chance to sit together over dinner day in and day out, to share stories and laughter, and to partner in building a community in which a group of students can grow and flourish. I enjoyed learning that Andy likes to kid, Jan loves to kvetch, and Brad throws a killer curveball. (I volunteered my services as umpire during a pick-up softball game, which, for those who don’t know me personally, is amusing because I really am blind.)

Arriving in Dublin in mid-April 2010, I was struck by all the ways in which it felt much like being back at Walden. The smells in particular were poignantly nostalgic for me: the crisp mountain air, the characteristic floor polish in the schoolhouse (which used to be the library), and the tomato soup and veggie Reubens in the lunch buffet. The touch and articulation of the recital hall piano, now soft, now biting, took me back to the composer’s forum when I was fourteen and sharing my music at Walden for the first time. It was a bit colder, true, even snowy at times; but though there were no blessings before meals or singing in the evenings, though breakfast began at 7:00 instead of 7:45 and there was no rest hour in the schedule (I did snag a few unofficial rest hours on general principle), there were still small classes ripe with humor, teachers who obviously care about their students, and even a few student / faculty pranks, such as the recurring disappearance of the Maypole in advance of May Fair, much to Jan’s distress and the clandestine glee of the freshman class. I was surprised and delighted by how quickly I felt at home.

And of course, I was drawn by the chance to teach musicianship outside of the immediate Walden environment, which I found to be unexpectedly tricky, without pianos tucked away in every available nook and when students aren’t eating, breathing, and dreaming music, creativity, solfege, and the overtone series every hour of the day. Even so, it was fun for me to experience that the discover-drill-create process really does hold up, regardless of the trappings of the teaching situation, gently guiding a class to that tipping point when a creative activity becomes more than just an exercise and something of heart comes to the surface, right there in the middle of the school day. For my E block class, we found this with group improvisations with perfect fourths, focusing on a particular mood, having a conductor cuing intensity, or following the contours of a narrated story. I continue to be amazed at what emerges from young people when provided with adequate space, intention, and care.

The golden section of the residency for me was doing a concert with my jazz trio. Weldon Kollock, trombone, and Chip Newton, guitar, traveled up from North Carolina for a few days to join me for a show of blues, bebop, bossanova, and The Beatles. These are some of my favorite musicians to play with. We all agree that it is most rewarding to play for an audience that is present and engaged, and this surely was that; as Jess put it after, “I’ve never seen this community so energized on a Friday evening before!” (These kids have a highly structured schedule during the week, so having any attention left to give come week’s end is a pretty thorough compliment). Weldon joined me on campus again for another show last summer, as part of Walden’s 2010 concert series (July 11, 2010), along with TTI alumnus Eric Mrozkowski on drums, YMP faculty member Tony Makarome on bass, and my very own brother, Mike Stevens, on paint brushes. (Jazz with live painting; check it out!)

It was a good month. As Brad Bates, Dublin School’s Headmaster and a driving force in bringing this residency into being, put it, “Your visit far exceeded my expectations for what could be accomplished during this first year of collaboration between our two schools.” I know that Seth and I are similarly thrilled with how the experiment turned out. I think we’re all looking forward to further partnership in the years to come.

I have a collection of journals, discussing the residency in greater detail, up on my website, along with sound files from our April 30th concert in Dublin: please feel free to peruse these at your leisure.

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Community News and Goods

The Walden School welcomes news and information from members of the Junior Conservatory Camp and Walden School communities to include in our print and online newsletters. News may be sent via mail or email. We will publish your contact information only if you specifically request that we do so. Please send info to alumni@waldenschool.org or The Walden School, 31A 29th St., San Francisco, CA 94110. We reserve the right to edit submissions and regret we cannot publish all information provided. For upcoming event listings, go to www.handoverhand.org.

The first issue of a new online journal, SCOPE, featured a great article on the life and music of Elizabeth Rhudy Austin. (JCC ’52-56) You can read the entire issue here, by clicking the image of the magazine’s cover, and the article about Elizabeth, ‘Composer in waiting’, starts on page 22. Austin was also included in a new book – Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers, edited by Michael Slayton, which was just released by Scarecrow Press.

Erica Ball (YMP ’06-07) has a new website, www.ericajball.com, featuring upcoming concert listings, audio samples of recent works, and links to fellow musicians and composers.

Nathaniel Baron-Schmitt (YMP ’05-07) is a freshman at Cornell and according to his parents, “is enjoying it immensely.”

Gabriel Bolkosky (Visiting Artist ’01-03) reports that his website, www.gabrielbolkosky.com, has entered the 21st century, and now you can download individual tracks from his CDs, or an entire album. Make sure to check out the Star Wars cloned wedding music!

Sophie Coran (YMP ’00-05) is in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She reported early on that she was intimidated by the feeling of being an outsider living in a strange country, but loved the school itself, and said the experience, while scary, is a fun, exciting adventure.

Shawn Crouch (YMP’93-5,’96, TTI ’08, Staff ’97, Faculty ’99-00,’02,’05-07) and the Miami Choral Academy (MCA) were featured in an article in BMI’s online magazine MusicWorld. Shawn is the founding director of MCA, a tuition-free afterschool program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children from underserved communities of Miami-Dade. In just over a week, 200 students rehearsing at four elementary schools explored vocal music, rehearsed for performances, and worked with interns who connected classroom academics (reading, writing, math) and music. You can follow them on their blog and media page on their website. ShawnCrouchMusic.com has information about upcoming performances of his music this year, including a performance of his work “My Metropolitan Sky” this month by the Maryland All-State Wind Ensemble.

Marilyn Crispell (JCC ’60-64) performed several concerts at Sons d’Hiver in Paris in January, one with Joelle Leandre’s Stone Quartet, and the other a solo concert.

A new face has joined the Del Sol String Quartet (Visiting Artists ’06): Kathryn Bates Williams has taken over for Hannah Addario-Berry as cellist of the Quartet. SHADES, Del Sol’s Fall 2010 Home Season series, included four world premieres of commissioned works by Joan Jeanrenaud, Amy X. Neuburg, Ronald Bruce Smith, and Daniel Ward, as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae.” Composing Together, Del Sol’s semester-long, public school composing program in collaboration with local composer/educator Katrina Wreede, involves groups of middle and high school students in the hands-on process of composing their own music, which Del Sol “workshops” with the kids and then performs and records in a final concert for the whole school.

Carol Thomas Downing (Faculty ’82-86, ’88-94, Visiting Artist ‘05) writes: “I had the privilege of conducting a very special Virginia Children’s Chorus performance marking the choir’s first appearance for national TV, filmed this past December, 2010. LifeTime TV is preparing a series of episodes to honor deployed United States military persons, and staging surprise reunions with their loved ones. The producers recently asked our Virginia Children’s Chorus to be part of one of their major feature episodes in this series. Our story involves the staging of a “dream wedding” at the Chrysler Museum for a young couple who had a very simple ceremony to be married prior to the bride’s deployment. The Concert Choir and girls from the Chamber Singers provided all of the music for the episode.

As the bride walked down the aisle to her groom, the choir sang Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”, and the sound was absolutely ethereal as it resonated throughout the space. Possibly even more lovely was Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” at the recessional. Many of the Lifetime TV staff remarked at how astonishingly beautiful the children sounded, and at their highly professional demeanor as they stood on the stairs of Huber Court for about four hours of filming. The wedding, though VERY long, went beautifully. Our singers sounded fabulous – like angels. They were gems – every one of them was SO patient and professional. A lot of stop-start, standing & waiting, then in the middle of a glorious phrase, “CUT” etc… What troopers!!!” The episode, titled “A Proper Wedding”, will air Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 10:00pm and three other times that week on the Lifetime channel.

On November 5th, Friends of Rain, Lewis & Clark’s new music ensemble, presented Renée Favand-See’s (YMP ’85,’87-90, TTI ’08, Faculty ’93-97,’99,’05-07 ) song cycle “Lonesome Songs” for soprano and piano. The program also featured music by Michael Johanson (YMP ’79-86, TTI ’06, Faculty ’89, ’93, ’95-96), along with music by Lou Harrison and Peter Schickele.

The second and third movements of the “Mythology” Symphony by Stacy Garrop (YMP ’87-88, Faculty ’96) were premiered by the Albany Symphony in May 2010, with David Alan Miller, conductor. You can listen to the performances here. She also has a new CD, produced by Cedille Records. It consists of three recent chamber works: “Silver Dagger” for piano trio, based on three versions of an Appalachian folk song about star-crossed lovers; “In Eleanor’s Words” for mezzo-soprano and piano, which features texts written by American stateswoman and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt from her My Day syndicated newspaper column; and String Quartet No. 3: “Gaia”, which explores concepts of the mythical Greek goddess of the earth as well as of our modern day planet. The CD features strong performances by the Lincoln Trio, Biava Quartet, mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott, and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. You can listen to samples at Cedille Records, and find more information about the music on the CD here.

Jennifer Higdon (Visiting Composer ’99) was recently featured in an article in the SF Classical Voice, and violinist Hilary Hahn’s recent recording of Higdon’s violin concerto was reviewed in the same publication.

Caroline Mallonée’s (YMP ’88-92, TTI ’07, Faculty ’96,’98-00,’02-09, Admin ‘11) Dona Nobis Pacem, a piece for a cappella choir written in 2003 in response to the US invasion of Afghanistan, is now available from Boosey & Hawkes! You can listen to a performance by the Duke University Chorale, conducted by Rodney Wynkoop, here. For more information about Caroline Mallonée, visit www.carolinemallonee.com.

Ned McGowan (Visiting Artist ’01-04,’10) wrote a new piece, “Solar Neon”, for the debut concert of a new music ensemble which includes the famous 31-tone organ. For the entire month of December and part of January he was in Ahmedabad, India for a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with singers, musicians and dancers from Europe and India. The premiere took place in Ahmedabad and performances followed in Pondecherry and Chennai. The production will come to the Netherlands in October 2011 with performances in the Schouwbergen in Den Haag, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. You can read more about it and follow its development here.

Ned’s work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, entitled Radiance, was premiered last July. The 40- minute work places the ensemble around the bowed piano; you can see some moments from it here, and read a review in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In May, 2011, Hexnut (Visiting Artist Ensemble ’10) will premiere a new project in collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Mackenzie Melemed (YMP ’06-07) was selected as a finalist in the Youtube Symphony Orchestra! He was one of a few pianists chosen by judges from the London Symphony, the Berlin Philarmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony.

Gary Monheit’s (JCC ’72, Faculty ’75-78,’80,’97, Board of Directors ’99-00) jazz group Fortune Smiles appeared at Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland in February, celebrating the release of their new self-titled CD. You read more about Fortune Smiles and purchase a copy of their CD here.

Nat Osborn (YMP ’00-03) has kept busy with two bands, Nat Osborn and the Diamond Allegory and Hawthorne, with numerous shows up and down the east coast. He produced a 5-song EP for Aimee Bayles, and Lucy York Struever presented a program of work using his compositions for her company York Dance Works, including a brand new 10-minute work and a piece they put together a number of months ago. You can listen to it here; the piece is called “Burro Buracho Bolero.”

Sam Pluta’s (Staff ’01-02, Faculty ’03-10) record label Carrier Records is proud to announce the release of Yarn/Wire’s debut album, “Tone Builders.” Beautifully recorded at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI, Tone Builders features commissioned works for two pianos and two percussion by Alex Mincek, Aaron Einbond, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, David Franzson, Sam Pluta, and Mei-Fang Lin. Visit http://www.carrierrecords.com to check out the album.

The PRISM Quartet (Visiting Artists ‘05) was featured at Chamber Music America’s 2011 National Conference. Their annual performance of a work by a Walden-commissioned composer will feature the premiere of “Giving Tree” by Cara Haxo (YMP’04-09) and will take place in New York and Philadelphia over the June 4-5 weekend. Go to http://www.prismquartet.com for more information.

Alicia Rabins (YMP ’88-83) played three shows in February, performing as a soloist with four string players, with a power trio version of her band Girls in Trouble, and finally with the Girls in Trouble quartet at the GenNext Interfaith Conference, playing a short set after a short set after a panel discussion by young Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders. You can read more about the latter event here, and listen to Girls in Trouble here.

At the Chamber Music America Conference in January, Nadia Sirota, (Visiting Artist ’10) new-music broadcaster and violist of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, along with her brother, Jonah Sirota, violist of the Chiara Quartet, and her father, composer Robert Sirota, president of the Manhattan School of Music, joined Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton, former artistic director for jazz for the LA Philharmonic and his son, pianist Gerald Clayton of the Gerald Clayton Trio, for a panel discussion about tradition and innovation.

D. J. Sparr (YMP ’91, Faculty ’09-10) was featured in this article on the ALIAS chamber ensemble website. He has also been appointed resident composer at the California Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, California.

New Music Box featured a great interview with composer Christopher Theofanidis (Composer in Residence ’08).

John Weaver’s (JCC Faculty ’51-68, Visiting Composer ’97, Advisory Council ’02-11) student Paul Jacobs won the Grammy in the category Best Instrumental Solo Performance (without orchestra) for his album Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Visiting Artist ’10) played a host of concerts this winter in London, Oxford and Brighton, including performances of Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and European Doctors Orchestra, a program of Mozart, Ives and Ravel with pianist Tim Horton at Holywell Music Room, the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, Delius’ Concerto for Violin and Cello with cellist Gemma Rosefield and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brighton Dome, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio with pianist Tom Poster and cellist Gemma Rosefield at St Paul’s Covent Garden, and Richard Causton’s Fantasia and Air, Bartok’s Violin Sonata, and Bach’s Chaconne at Wigmore Hall.

An essay by Larry Wetzler (JCC ’62-63) entitled “The Music of Unthinkable Anxiety and Nameless Dread” was published in a book called Music and Psyche: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations. You can learn more and purchase the book here.

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Major Life Events in the Walden/JCC Family

Stacey and Kevin Cronin (YMP ’78-82) have a new baby, Olivia Quinn Cronin, who was born on October 20.

Nathan Davis (Visiting Artist ’01-07,’09-10) married Sylvia Davis in August 2010.

Stephen Flynn (Young Musicians Program ’01-04) married Emily Alinder this summer, with Daniel Cadieux (Young Musicians Program ’03-04)as best man, and Noah Mlotek (Young Musicians Program ’03-04, Teacher Training Institute ’09, Staff ’08-09) as a groomsman.

Jean Eichelberger Ivey, former Walden festival week moderator, passed away on May 2, 2010.

Jennifer and Brooke Joyce (Faculty ’00-10) are happy to announce the birth of Keegan Patrick Joyce on Sunday, October 24 at 9:19 pm.

Eliza Brown‘s (YMP ’00-02, TTI ’07, ’10) and Chris Wild’s (TTI ’10) wedding was in June 2010. Other Waldenites present included Pat Plude, Marshall Bessières, Seth Brenzel, Malcolm Gaines, and Sophie Huet.

Caroline Mallonée‘s (YMP ’88-92, TTI ’07, Faculty ’96,’98-00,’02-09, Admin ‘11) and Eric Heubner’s (Visiting Artist ’04-08) wedding was in June 2010. Carrie and Eric met at Walden during the summer of 2004, and Eric proposed to Carrie years later on the dock of Dublin Lake! You can read a New York Times article about the wedding here. Other Waldenites present included Amelia Lukas, Nicholas DeMaison, Aurora Nealand, Seth Brenzel, Malcolm Gaines, Jim Altieri, Whit Bernard, Marshall Bessières, Molly Pindell, Georgann Nedwell, Sam Pluta and Alexander Ness.

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Now Hear This! Works by 2011 Walden Participants

The Walden School 2010 Young Musicians Program Festival Forums presented the world premieres of over 50 pieces, including Kaeli Mogg’s ROUGH, performed by Amelia Lukas, flute, Meighan Stoops, clarinet, Jake Tejada, trumpet, Steve Parker, trombone, and Nadia Sirota, viola.

(note: depending on your operating system, this link will either open your media player and play the track, or save the track to your computer)

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