Creative Musicians Retreat

  • I enjoyed the personal attention at CMR. I was able to attend classes, take lessons, and speak about music in a very comfortable environment.

    – Creative Musicians Retreat Participant

A week-long festival in New England, the Creative Musicians Retreat is offered for composers, improvisers, performers, electronic musicians, choristers, and music teachers who want to delve more deeply into their own creativity.

The next Retreat will be held June 13-21, 2015 on the campus of The Dublin School, in Dublin, New Hampshire. Please be sure to sign up to receive an application for next summer’s program or contact us with any questions you have.

All participants at the Creative Musicians Retreat take classes (including The Walden School Musicianship Course, seminars on Contemporary Topics, and courses in electronic music), sing in chorus, attend concerts, composers forums, and workshops in improvisation. Lessons and master classes are offered.

The faculty for the Creative Musicians Retreat is drawn from veteran faculty of Walden’s renowned Young Musicians Program. They are a diverse mix of improvisers, composers, performers and music scholars. All are acclaimed members of The Walden School faculty.  The faculty in 2014 included Dr. Caroline Mallonée, Dr. Loretta Notareschi, Dr. Sam Pluta, Dr. Osnat Netzer, Dr. Nicholas DeMaison and Ian Munro.

Members of a world-class performance ensemble are in residence for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat. The ensemble kicks off the week with a concert of new music and then works with participants in a stimulating workshop environment.  In 2014, the Ensemble-in-Residence was The Wet Ink Ensemble. Past ensembles-in-residence include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Participants will choose to enroll in one of four different tracks:  composer, choral, performance, or pedagogy.

Composer participants have the opportunity to write for and work with The Wet Ink Ensemble, take composition lessons, attend master classes, and work on their musicianship.

Choral musicians have the chance to sing in two choirs, learn about Walden’s innovative approaches to rehearsing choral music, and write or arrange music for chorus and have it workshopped at the retreat.

Instrumentalists enrolled in the performance track at CMR work with the ensemble-in-residence in a stimulating workshop environment.

Music teachers enrolled in the pedagogy track have daily instruction in teaching The Walden School Musicianship Course.

Everyone at CMR participates in two Composers Forums, where participants have the opportunity to hear each other’s brand-new music and discuss it with the performers, composers, visiting artists, faculty and the Retreat’s Composer-in-Residence. Eve Beglarian was the Composer in Residence in 2014.

The Creative Musicians Retreat is for musicians who want to invigorate their musical training, participate in a rich and diverse musical community, and to engage in creative music making, through musicianship, composition, improvisation, choral singing, electronic music and more. The program is not designed for the brand-new, novice musician, but it is also not designed exclusively for those with extensive training. The faculty and administration offer a program appealing and worthwhile to a range of participants, across a variety of age groups, skill levels, and interests.

The Retreat offers more than just training. It reinvigorates its participants on an academic and musical level, as well as invites them to connect with a unique creative community. It provides the opportunity for an exploration of oneself and of music. Each participant will form meaningful musical and personal connections with others and with his/her own creative identity.

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