Creative Musicians Retreat

  • I felt rejuvenated by the Retreat because I met a cross-section of creative musicians from all walks of life.

    – Creative Musicians Retreat Participant

2016 Dates:
Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26

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 2016 Creative Musicians Retreat will be held June 18-26, 2016 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.

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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. Michael Daugherty, our Composer-In-Residence in 2016, will be on campus all week, moderate three Composers Forums, conduct master classes, and give private composition lessons.

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 will include Caroline Mallonée, Sam PlutaOsnat NetzerNicholas DeMaisonRenée Favand-See and D. J. Sparr.

Mivos Quartet will be in residence for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat. They will kick off the week with a concert of new music and then work with composer and performance participants in a stimulating workshop environment.  Past Ensembles-In-Residence include the 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.