Creative Musicians Retreat

  • I was more productive during that week than I have been all year, and I absolutely cannot wait for next summer.

    – 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. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis, for placement on our wait list.

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.  Our composer-in-residence in 2015 will be Martin Bresnick. Dr. Bresnick will be on campus all week and will moderate three Composers Forums, lead master classes, and give 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. All are acclaimed members of The Walden School faculty.  The faculty in 2015 includes Dr. Caroline Mallonée, Dr. Loretta Notareschi, Dr. Sam Pluta, Dr. Osnat Netzer, Dr. Nicholas DeMaison, Dr. Renée Favand-See and Dr. D. J. Sparr.

Members of a world-class performance ensemble are in residence for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat.  We are thrilled that The Wet Ink Ensemble will return in 2015 for a third time.  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)..

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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