Creative Musicians Retreat

  • 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

2017 Dates:
Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 25

Quick Facts:

  • 8 days
  • For adult musicians (18+)
  • Enrollment limited to 40 participants from around the world
  • Limited financial aid is available
  • Curriculum focused on musicianship, improvisation, composition, choral singing, electronic music and contemporary topics
  • Lessons, coaching, master classes, seminars
  • Concerts, composers forums, artist residencies
  • On a beautiful campus near Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire

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The Experience

A week-long festival in New England, the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) is offered for composers, improvisers, performers, electronic musicians, choral musicians, and music teachers who want to spend a week immersed in music.

The 2017 Creative Musicians Retreat will be held June 17-25 on the beautiful campus of The Dublin School, in Dublin, New Hampshire. Please be sure to sign up to receive an application and contact us with any questions you have.

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All participants at the Creative Musicians Retreat take classes (The Walden School Musicianship Course, seminars on Contemporary Topics, courses in electronic music), sing in chorus, attend workshops in improvisation, hear concerts, and participate in composers forums. Private lessons, coachings and master classes are offered. A Composer-In-Residence will be on campus all week, moderate three Composers Forums, conduct master classes, and give private composition lessons. (2016 Composer-in-Residence was Michael Daugherty)

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. The faculty in 2016 included Caroline Mallonée, Sam PlutaOsnat NetzerNicholas DeMaisonRenée Favand-See and D. J. Sparr.

Visiting Artists reside at Walden for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat. They kick off the week with a concert of new music and then work with participants in a stimulating workshop environment.  Past Ensembles-In-Residence include the Mivos Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Wet Ink Ensemble.

Participants can choose to enroll in one of four different tracks: composer, choral, performance, or pedagogy. See the curriculum page for more information.