Our indispensable supporters give a wide range of donations, from $10 to $50,000 a year. Here are some reasons why parents, alumni, and friends support Walden, in their own words.

I give to Walden because I believe that all young people should be able to experience its magic. Not only does Walden provide superb musical training and opportunities, it teaches the values of kindness and friendship. It inspires its students to be independent individuals and to embrace their differences; it fosters growth, creativity, and acceptance. More than anything else, Walden is an ever-growing family, and I am so thankful to be a part of it.

– Cara Haxo – Current Faculty Member & Young Musicians Program Alumna

Walden is a unique and precious place. How many programs are there that teach thirteen year olds to compose music, to write it down by hand, and then have it performed by professional musicians? It’s a place that demands both creativity and discipline. And that’s the most winning combination I can think of. To support this kind of instruction is to give a gift to the next generation of Americans.

– Hugh Osborn and Claudia Wallis – Parents of Young Musicians Program Alumni

We’re both teachers, drawing close to our retirement years–we don’t have as much money to give to organizations we admire as we would like. One reason (among so many!) that we give to Walden is that it’s a place where our gift really makes a difference.

– Barbara and Charles Mallonee – Parents of Young Musicians Program Alumna

My respect for Mrs. Cushman prompted me to establish my bequest to The Walden School. Mrs. Cushman’s sincere dedication to nurture her students, to provide an ambiance for creativity, and genuine love for her work motivated my contribution. Her philosophy is carried on at the Walden School.

– Beatrice Jindra – Junior Conservatory Camp alumna

I have had very inspiring experiences working with the young composers at The Walden School. I like its innovating vision, admire their devoted teachers, and think that all the students will really treasure what they have learned there in the years to come.

– Chen Yi – Advisory Council

Walden provides an incredible environment for young people who are passionate about music. Our son’s life was greatly enriched by his summers at Walden; he matured both personally and musically. It is hard to believe, but this year he graduates from the New England Conservatory in Jazz Performance. Thank you for offering him a wonderful experience. ”

– Shira Singer and David Manski – Parents of Young Musicians Program alumni

What is particularly special about Walden is that it doesn’t just teach music. The people at Walden teach each other how to build and care for creative communities full of diverse perspectives. We just happen to do this through music. As a former student and current faculty member it is a privilege to be a part of this community, but it is not something that everyone gets to experience. The power of such a community is special and something worth creating in every part of our lives and sharing with the people around us.

– Alex Christie – Young Musicians Program Alumnus & Faculty Member

Foundation and Corporate Support

We at The Walden School are deeply grateful to the foundations, corporations, and organizations for their support.

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