Faculty & Staff

  • Walden was a tremendous and inspiring contact, such a positive force, and not just for the sake of music.

    – Young Musicians Program alumnus

Faculty member working with student


The faculty and staff of the Walden School are committed to developing the next generation’s composers, performers and arts advocates. In addition to classroom and private instruction, faculty members perform, coach, and conduct student works throughout the summer session, affirming Walden’s integrated approach toward music-making and original composition through example.

Faculty and staff members also take an active role in Walden’s community life by living alongside the students in dormitories, eating meals together, participating in various school-wide recreational activities, and sharing the tasks which maintain the school and assure the safety of all it members. It is Walden’s philosophy that by participating together in all levels of community life, faculty, staff, and students create an environment where close, respectful relationships can develop and creativity may flourish.

Outside of the summer session, Walden’s faculty and staff are distinguished in the fields of composition, theory, arranging, performance, pedagogy, arts administration, and arts advocacy. Faculty and staff hold degrees from institutions such as the California Institute of the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, University of Vermont, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Santa Clara University, Colby College, Emory University, Lawrence University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Catholic University, San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, University of Texas, Columbia University, Oberlin College Conservatory, University of California, Swarthmore College, University of Rochester, New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Duke University, and Tufts University.

2016 Young Musicians Program Faculty & Staff

Katherine Balch
Seth Brenzel
Eliza Brown
Alex Christie
Kittie Cooper
Derek David
Charlie Dees
Terry L. Greene, II

Rebekah Griffin Greene
Maddy Greenfield
Cara Haxo
Doug Hertz

Dana Jessen
Juliet Kaplan
Sky Macklay
Ted Moore

Osnat Netzer
Elliot Nguyen
Sam Pluta
Sara Riddington
Sarah Riskind
Moshe Shulman
D. J. Sparr
Evan Williams