Original composition is a fundamental outgrowth of Walden’s program of creative musical education. Nearly all students compose at least one piece during the course of the summer and many compose two or three. More than seventy-five new pieces are composed and improvised at Walden each session and are given performances by the resident ensemble, faculty, fellow students, and guest artists.
At weekly Composers Forums, the composer, the performers, the audience and a moderator are invited to respond to improvisations and compositions presented in a concert setting. Moderators include guest composers invited to Walden and Walden faculty members.
At Walden, composition is an interactive process involving the input of professional performers as well as peers and teachers. Students begin to discover their individual voices and learn to develop their own creative ideas. In addition, Walden students learn to think independently and to discuss their creative work and their views. Composition is a direct outgrowth of studies in the Musicianship program and other courses, and is supported through the study of musical literature of varied genres and styles, with special emphasis on contemporary concert music repertoire.