2020 Alumni Events

Composers Forums in New York and San Francisco

We had two fantastic Composers Forums in New York on January 19 and San Francisco on February 22. The two Composers Forums featured works by 23 alumni of Walden programs. The featured composers ranged in age from 13 to 70. In New York, Mivos Quartet, frequent artists-in-residence at Walden, performed 12 world premieres. After each piece, the composer took the stage to answer questions from moderators Joan Tower and Loretta Notareschi, as well as audience members. Joan Tower is a past Composer-in-Residence, and Loretta Notareschi is a Walden alumna and faculty member. In San Francisco, past visiting artist Del Sol String Quartet performed works by 10 Walden alumni, with discussion n moderated by past Walden Composer-in-Residence Nathaniel Stookey.

Collaborative concert with Face the Music

On March 10, The Walden School and Face the Music collaborated to present a concert featuring students of both programs. The concert at Kaufman Music Center in New York featured flutist Laura Cocks and violinist Erica Dicker, members of The Walden School Players, CMR Artist-in-Residence David Friend, and the musicians of Face the Music. The featured composers included alumni of both Walden’s Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat.

Festive Holiday Potlucks

This past winter we had festive gatherings for the Walden community in eight cities–Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, McLean, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Many thanks to our holiday party hosts, who welcomed local Walden community members to their homes for potluck-style gatherings. It was great to catch up with Walden alumni from multiple programs and many different years, as well as past faculty, staff, artists, supporters, and friends.

2018 Walden/JCC Alumni Reunion

Celebrating 67 years of transformative music programs

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Some of America’s most promising composers and musicians

Alumni of the Walden School pursue a variety of careers and interests, although all leave Walden with a greater appreciation for the creative arts, music, and the compositional process. Walden alumni are among America’s most promising young composers and musicians, and we do everything to empower their future understanding and application of musicianship.

Friendships formed atWalden last a lifetime.

Alumni often cherish their experiences at Walden School and retain a vibrant connection to the organization. Some return to work as staff members during their years in college, and many of our faculty members experienced the Walden School as students for the first time. These composers, educators, and musicians have committed to nurturing the next generation of youth, as Walden once nurtured them.

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