Composers Forums

  • Everything I experienced at Walden was designed and implemented toward a single end – the development of the individual student's sense of her or his own worth as a creative human being.

    – James Mobberley, composer

Walden Composers Forum

 
During Composers Forums, students present their improvisational or compositional works in a concert setting. Works are performed by students, faculty, or visiting artists. Forums are overseen by an independent moderator who leads a discussion of each piece with students, faculty, and the audience. Students receive constructive feedback as a springboard toward further work either on the piece at hand or future pieces. Forums are designed for the beginner as well as the advanced student, and are greatly beneficial to both. The emphasis on creative work at Walden is on process over product, and Forums provide a unique opportunity for musical and personal growth. Moderators are faculty members or recognized composers and performers in the music world outside of Walden. Past forum moderators have included Samuel Adler, Thomas Benjamin, Martin Bresnick, Earle Brown, Andrea Clearfield, Randolph Coleman, James Freeman, Adolphus Hailstork, Jean Eichelberger Ivey, Eugene O’Brien, Russell Pinkston, Philip Rosenberg, Allan Schindler, Alex Shapiro, Bright Sheng, John Weaver, and Chen Yi.