eNews: InterNetzo – November 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

I hope you will enjoy this November edition of InterNetzo. Be sure to read our "In the Spotlight" section to hear some wonderful stories from Matthew Gold, a frequent visiting artist at Walden. You can also learn about the next Walden Online Workshop (WOW) on December 2, led by Carrie Mallonee. You can also check the Community News section to read about some of happenings in the lives and careers of fellow Walden community members.

As we enter the holiday season, I am filled with gratitude for the Walden community. Thank you for your participation, support, and enthusiasm. I send you my very best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday season.

Sincerely,
Seth

In the Spotlight

Matthew Gold

Percussionist Matthew Gold is a performer, ensemble director, and educator who appears across the U.S. and internationally presenting concert programs with a focus on new and experimental music. He is a member of the New York-based new music group Talea Ensemble and the Talujon percussion group. Matthew is an Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble and New Music Williams, and is the Artistic Director of the annual I/O Festival of New Music.

How and when did you relationship with Walden begin?

I first became involved with Walden as part of the Young Musicians Program (YMP) in the summer of 2006, and it was completely last-minute. I had heard of the program from musicians I'd worked with, and that July I was performing on a concert in Brooklyn with Meighan Stoops (a member of the Walden School Players). At intermission, she told me that the percussionist in the Players had to cancel due to an illness in the family. She told me the program was the most incredible thing in the world, her favorite thing that she did, and they needed somebody last-minute. She asked if there was any way I could clear my schedule the next week and just come out there in 3 days to fill in. She was certain I wouldn't regret it. I had been playing a Broadway show for 2 years that had just closed that week, and I wanted a change. So I thought, "Yeah, why not? It's summer, I wouldn't mind getting out of New York for a week, and Meighan has said all these great things about it." So I rented a van, packed it up with a million instruments, and drove to New Hampshire. Almost immediately, I was absorbed by everything that Walden was. Meighan was absolutely right, I was so glad I went. So that was my first summer at Walden, and it was a really great experience.

What has your involvement with Walden been since then?

After that first summer, I didn't go back the next couple summers, but starting in 2010, I spent three years as the percussionist in the Walden School Players at YMP. After that, I had a few more years off, then returned in the resident ensemble for the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR), and I've been doing that for four years now. Being part of both YMP and CMR, I've met many participants, ranging from the youngest students to retirees. It has been particularly interesting to see participants who were at YMP when I was there returning to CMR as college students and beyond. I see their evolution as composers, and also the things that remain about their personalities and styles. Sure, they become more mature and develop their voices as composers and become more self-assured, and yet there are unique aspects of their personalities that remain. I also see people who were students at Walden who are now on the faculty or staff, and I get to think back to when they were teenagers or younger, and I had to lie on my back and bang on the underside of the piano for their piece, or any number of things like that one does at Walden. I like to remember those things and see how they relate to the work they do later.

Could you describe a favorite Walden memory?

I'm sure others remember this piece more clearly than I do, so my telling may be limited, but it's symbolic of how I think about Walden. My last summer in The Walden School Players, there was a student whose name I can't recall, but she was fairly young and her piece was a song, I think, about a whale. The text of the song was mostly backwards, or at least in some sort of code that gradually revealed itself over the course of the performance. The gist of it was, "Underwater, everyone understands what I'm saying, but when I'm not underwater, nobody can understand me." It was very beautiful and very poignant, and as I listened to it, I became aware that's what Walden was to her. When she's there, she can speak this musical language, drawing on what students learn together and understand really deeply. Then when it's over and the students go home, it's like they're out of water. They have this deep connection with each other and they're the only ones who understand this language. I was really moved by that, and that seemed to me the way I felt about Walden. There is something really special about the place, the relationships, and musically how everyone interacts. I think of Walden as an ideal for a musical community and a way of making music. It's something I strive for in my professional life, in my teaching, in every way, to create that sort of possibility, but it's really at Walden that you can have that entirely. So I was deeply moved by that piece, which I think encapsulates the Walden experience.

Over the years I've been involved, I've also met so many professional musicians who come to teach or perform, who have learned so much from Walden and are involved in many parts of the contemporary music world. When I'm out there in the rest of the world, I have chances to think about those connections and how we also have a way of seeing the world that's shaped by Walden, and we can communicate with one another, with a shared understanding of music and how one sees it.

Outside of Walden, how are music and creativity part of your life?

Music is really central to my life year-round. It is what I do professionally, and as much as possible I try to approach my everyday professional life creatively.  I always strive to think about things through a creative lens, to question things, experiment, discover new ways of doing things. Music and creativity are also central to my teaching, both in my teaching at Williams College, as well as in outreach programs and visits to elementary schools. Wherever I am, I try to think creatively about how we approach music. That is especially important in the face of so many restrictions these past 9 months. It has provided a way to go forward, and we've discovered new ways of making music, new ways of listening (which is even more important), and new ways of sharing sound.

Beyond that, music is an important part of my family life. I have two kids, one of whom is seven and the other just turned 11. While they take violin and piano lessons and sing, music as part of our family life is not about training or hopes I might have for them to be professional musicians. I'm pretty confident I'm not pushing them toward that in any way. I do want music to be something they have access to and can be part of their everyday lives-not something they compete in or necessarily have careers in, but something that's part of the everyday texture of life. To that end, I practice with them, sit down at the piano with them, and when they are playing violin, I grab a violin and try to play along. I have never taken a violin lesson, but it's fun to try to teach myself from their lesson books and play along and learn with them. The same goes for the drum set and the marimba and any of the noisemakers I have in my studio-we all experiment and have fun. We may learn a song on one instrument and then try to play it on every other instrument. Sometimes it can be hard to be a professional musician, so to have the opportunity to just have fun with it--with people you want to spend time with--is wonderful. Music as part of family life is just as important to me now as music in my professional life.

What is a non-musical hobby that's part of your life?

I have a feeling this is widespread right now, but I started cooking during the pandemic. It's not that I didn't know how to cook before--I could apply heat to things--but I had never followed a recipe. In a way, I was very creative with my cooking, because I didn't know any techniques and didn't follow a recipe. I would improvise, and mostly it worked out, although there were some disasters. These past few months I've been following recipes, trying to learn new techniques and how ingredients and flavors work, and that's really exciting. Then as I become comfortable with a technique, I can start to depart from recipes and apply what I've learned in new ways. In that way, it's much like music--you learn your instrument, you learn techniques, you learn theory, and at a certain point you start making interpretive decisions and improvising. At a time I have fewer rehearsals and I'm not traveling, it has been really gratifying to make something others enjoy, or even something just for myself. More than anything, I've been spending time with chickpeas, and I'm quite proud of my hummus. I want to share with everyone my recent discovery of aquafaba, the liquid that canned chickpeas are soaked in. It makes the hummus incredibly smooth and creamy, so I could not be more excited about aquafaba.

What is your hope or dream for Walden's future?

It's really simple: that everyone can return. Often in organizations or ensembles, there is constant talk of growth and expanding. Maybe that's the case with Walden, I don't know, but my sense is that Walden is doing really well, and it's just important to get back to Dublin and get everyone back together. I don't think Walden needs to be other than what it is--it does what it does so well.

My other hope, personally, is that I would like to see one or both of my kids attend YMP in the not-too-distant future. I'd like it to be there for them and for them to be part of it. To have that experience, to be part of that community--I think they would connect with it really deeply and they would learn so much. It's just a special experience that is outside of what they can have at home and something they could carry with them. I also want that experience not just for my kids, but really for everyone who would benefit from that community. I hope the opportunity is there for all kids, and for a long time. So that's both my institutional hope and my personal one.

Community Events

Tomorrow, December 1, is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity, supporting our communities and the organizations we love. Walden's amazing donor community keeps us thriving--thank you.

On December 1, 7 million dollars in matching funds will be available to those who donate on our Facebook page. The first $7million donated across all of the Facebook pages with active fundraisers will be matched. In order to access that $7million, you might have to wake up very early on December 1!

On #GivingTuesday, we're trying to raise $2,021 to help Walden get to 2021, which cannot happen too soon! Please join us by donating through Walden's Facebook fundraiser or at waldenschool.org/donate. Any amount helps and Facebook does not charge any fees against your donation, so 100% of your contribution goes to support Walden students, artists, faculty, staff, and programs.

WOW! Walden Online Workshops!

On November 15, we had the first of our Walden Online Workshops (WOW), a wonderful introduction to synthesis in VCV Rack, led by Walden alumnus and faculty member Alex Christie. We are excited to continue sharing this series of lectures, demonstrations, classes, and presentations on a variety of musical topics, presented over video call by The Walden School's teaching faculty, artists, and special guests. Alumni of CMR, YMP, OYME, OCME, TTI, and JCC, parents, donors, faculty, staff, and artists are especially encouraged to attend WOW presentations. Members of the general public are also welcome to join.

Metamorphosis
Led by Caroline Mallonee, Director of Walden's Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR)
Wednesday, December 2, 7-9 pm Eastern

How do you imply the impossible? What parallels can be drawn between visual art and music? What inspiration do we find in optical and auditory illusion?

In this 90-minute workshop, we will discover parallels between mind-blowing works by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher and mind-blowing music by György Ligeti, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, J. S. Bach, and Guillaume Machaut. This will be an interactive presentation; in addition to looking at scores and listening, we will have group discussions and do some creative work. Learn more and register here.

This event is nearly "sold out", so don't delay if you would like to attend. You can always add your name to the waiting list, in case someone who has registered decides not to attend.

For more information and to learn about future workshops, visit waldenschool.org/wow.

Community News

Premiere of Felix Jarrar's new micro-opera

On Halloween, Barn Opera/Social Distance Opera presented the world premiere production of Patience & Pearl, a "micro-opera" by Felix Jarrar. Patience & Pearl is Felix's 7th opera, with a libretto by Bea Goodwin. The work is loosely based on the story of Pearl Curran, a real 20th-century medium who channeled the words and poetry of her supposed ghost Patience Worth. In this updated, contemporary filmed production, Pearl is a blogger that enlists the help of the supernatural to assist with her earthly responsibility. Felix is a CMR alumnus.

Dana Jessen and Eli Stine collaboration

through a fragile traverse, a collaboration between Dana Jessen and Eli Stine was premiered on November 18. through a fragile traverse travels through unexplored terrain with mesmerizing visuals and other-worldly sounds, all largely informed through themes of vulnerability and impermanence. Dana, a past Walden faculty member and frequent visiting artist, composed and performed the music. Eli, a Walden alumnus, created the video. You can watch a short excerpt of the piece here. The online premiere and release was part of Brooklyn's Soup and Sound series, in partnership with Continuum Culture and Arts.

Concert of works by Max Johnson

On November 17, Roulette presented Transformations, a livestreamed concert of works by Max Johnson. The concert featured seven of Max's pieces, including two world premieres: Nine O'Clock When the Streets Were Quiet and Transformations, a piece commissioned by Roulette. The performers included past visiting Walden visiting artists pianist Steven Beck, percussionist Matthew Gold, flutist Laura Cocks, and violinist Lauren Cauley, among others. Max attended the Creative Musicians Retreat. You can watch a video of the premiere of Nine O'Clock When the Streets Were Quiet here.

New release from Scott Lee

Through the Mangrove Tunnels, a work by Scott Lee, was released on November 13. This album-length work is inspired by Scott's experiences growing up exploring the swamps and bayous of Florida, and features the JACK Quartet with pianist Steven Beck and drummer Russell Lacy performing eight genre-straddling movements. Scott is an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat. Steven Beck is a past visiting artist at CMR and YMP, and JACK Quartet includes violinist Austin Wulliman, also a past visiting artist at Walden.

Zola Saadi-Klein named Luna Composition Lab Fellow

Kaufman Music Center has selected the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows, and Zola Saadi-Klein is one of the six Fellows. Zola is an alumna of Walden's 2020 Online Young Musicians Experience. Luna Lab addresses the gender gap in the field of classical music by inspiring young self-identifying female, non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals to compose. Zola and the five other composers will be mentored by established composers: Valerie Coleman, Kristin Kuster, Tamar Muskal, Gity Razaz, Ellen Reid, and Alex Temple.

New album by D. J. Sparr

On November 13, a new album by Walden alumnus and faculty member D. J. Sparr was released. The album, Hard Metal Cantüs, is described as "a nod to Frank Zappa and Henry Cowell," features pieces composed by D. J., performed by artists including Del Sol String Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Lubbock Chamber Orchestra, Kimberly Sparr, and D. J. himself, among others. Del Sol is a past ensemble-in-residence at Walden, and Kimberly Sparr was a 2020 OCME visiting artist.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen concert at Wigmore Hall

On November 16, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen performed a concert from Wigmore Hall in London with pianist Huw Watkins. The concert featured the world premiere of Huw Watkins' Sonata for Violin and Piano, commissioned by Wigmore Hall and Sir Vernon Ellis. You can watch a recording of this livestreamed event here. Tamsin is a past visiting artist at Walden. This was also Tamsin's last concert for a while, because she is expecting her first child. Congratulations, Tamsin!

Pamela Z online concert

On November 18, Pamela Z performed A Secret Code, a live concert of solo works for voice and electronics, followed by moderated discussion. The concert was presented by Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, and was streamed live via Zoom. Pamela Z is  a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She is also a past visiting artist and Concert Series performer at Walden.

We want to hear from you!

What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
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eNews: InterNetzo – October 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

I hope you will enjoy this October edition of InterNetzo. Read our "In the Spotlight" section to hear from Kittie Cooper, Walden faculty member and mastermind of Halloween-in-July, a beloved part of Walden summers over the past several years. You can also learn about the Walden Online Workshops (WOW) series, free educational online programs presented by our outstanding Walden faculty members and visiting artists. Also be sure to check out the Community News section to read about some of happenings in the lives and careers of fellow Walden community members.

Thanks for reading this issue of InterNetzo, participating in Walden, and lending your support and enthusiasm for our favorite summer music program. Happy Halloween!

Sincerely,
Seth

In the Spotlight

Kittie Cooper

Kittie Cooper composer, performer, and educator based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She makes art that incorporates feminism and explores the spectrum between silliness and seriousness. Her work has been called "highly original and wonderfully fun." She is interested in text and graphic scores, improvisation, and DIY electronic instruments. She is also a driving force behind a much-beloved and relatively new Walden tradition, Halloween-in-July.

How did you get connected to Walden, and what has your involvement been since then?

I started working for Walden in 2014 because Eliza Brown, a longtime Walden community member, was my freshman year Music Theory professor. She made an announcement to the class that Walden was hiring, and a friend and I both worked at YMP that summer. So it was all because of Eliza!
At the Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME) this year I was on faculty, and I was Director of Composers Forums. My role at Walden has changed every year. I started out on staff, and I've been slowly morphing through different phases and roles.

Outside of Walden, how are music and/or creativity part of your life?

I feel like creativity and music are part of every area of my life. When I'm not at Walden, I'm composing and building instruments. I perform around Charlottesville solo and with a few groups during the year. With my day job teaching, I feel that gives me a lot of creative energy and drive to make music, rather than taking away from it. I think even when I'm doing things that aren't musical on the surface, I'm approaching them with a creative point of view, and collaborating with people like I would collaborate with other artists. I think those things have just been part of my life for so long that they touch everything that I do.

Could you describe a favorite Walden memory?

I had a really hard time narrowing this down. Can I say every Walden dance? I look forward to them every year. I think it's a really special way to see the community coming together every summer. At the beginning of the summer, there are always kids who love dancing and are immediately outgoing, but by the end of the summer, you see every student finding their place-maybe it's playing in the band, or musical chairs, or maybe they secretly love dancing but felt too uncomfortable at the beginning of the summer. I love the dances.

What is something that surprised you about the online programs this summer?

When I started getting emails in the spring about the leadership team figuring out what Walden 2020 was going to look like, I didn't know what to expect. I have immense faith in the leadership team and faculty and staff to put on great programs, but I also know how difficult it is to do an online program that's not just classes, but is also a festival and a summer camp. I went into it with positive expectations, but I was surprised by how successfully it felt like Walden. OYME felt like summer camp, and for both programs (OYME and the Online Creative Musicians Experience), how much we created a community just on computer screens.

I think that says a lot about the students and the participants-they came in with so much energy and positivity. With the OYME students, many of whom had been in online school since March, it seemed like they were just really excited to do something they cared about, or some were really excited about activities; it was different for everyone, but they came in with an energy that made it still feel like summer camp. There were still goofy announcements and crazy activities, and the classes were still very Walden-y. Everyone somehow managed to combine all of the school and camp and festival parts of Walden in a way that was really refreshing and meaningful. It gave me a lot of hope and energy for remote learning for the rest of the year.

You've been described at Walden as the President of Halloween. Why do you love Halloween?

I've loved Halloween since I was really young kid, and I think a lot of it is the magical element, having a day when we all do make-believe things and dress up in costumes. I've always loved the creative aspects of it too-making decorations and costumes. I love the creativity and self-expression of it, and I also just love spooky stuff.

I don't remember exactly how Halloween in July started at Walden. I think some faculty and staff were talking about how we have winter holidays in July, and we were kind of joking that we should have Halloween in July. I really wanted it to happen though because it sounded really fun, so I kept bringing it up and asking people to help so we could make it happen. At OYME we still had Halloween in July with a Halloween puppet-making activity that Doug and I led with a lip-syncing contest to spooky music.

Community Events

WOW! Walden Online Workshops!

We are thrilled to announce Walden Online Workshops (WOW), a series of lectures, demonstrations, classes, and presentations on a variety of musical topics, presented over video call by The Walden School's teaching faculty, artists, and special guests. Alumni of CMR, YMP, OYME, OCME, TTI, and JCC, parents, donors, faculty, staff, and artists are especially encouraged to attend WOW presentations. Members of the general public are also welcome to join.

Introduction to Synthesis in VCV Rack
Led by Alex Christie, Walden's Director of Electronic Music
Sunday, November 15, 4-6 pm Eastern

In this workshop, participants will learn to use the computer software VCV Rack (free!) to build virtual modular synthesizers that will allow you to explore new and exciting sound worlds. No experience is necessary to participate! This workshop is free, but limited to 15 participants. Learn more and register here.

Metamorphosis
Led by Caroline Mallonee, Director of the Creative Musicians Retreat
Wednesday, December 2, 7-9 pm Eastern

How do you imply the impossible? What parallels can be drawn between visual art and music? What inspiration do we find in optical and auditory illusion?
In this 90-minute workshop, we will discover parallels between mind-blowing works by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher and mind-blowing music by György Ligeti, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, J. S. Bach, and Guillaume Machaut. This will be an interactive presentation; in addition to looking at scores and listening, we will have group discussions and do some creative work. Learn more and register here.

For more information and to learn about future workshops, visit waldenschool.org/wow.

CO-19 Project presented by Playground Ensemble

Beginning in April, nineteen composers, from eight states, ranging in age from 20 to 80, collaborated online to compose a contemporary classical music string quartet.  The result is a continuous collage of styles, emotions and forms, each about 30 seconds long that reflects our collective response to the pandemic.

The CO-19 Project will be presented by the Playground Ensemble's String Quartet during an online event on November 7, between 1:30 and 2:00 pm Mountain Time. The event will also feature a conversation with Bob Bassett and Quentin Marchetti, CMR alumni and organizers of the CO-19 project.


Presenting the CO-19 project will be part of the ensemble's online fundraiser, "Stream-a-thon: A Virtual Music Experience," on November 7, 1-5 pm Mountain Time.

The collaborators, almost all Walden alumni, are: Bob Bassett, Ross Beresford, Shawnee Boyd, Deb Dyko, Brett Austin Eastman, Emma Eliason (Audio Engineer), Michael Frank, Evan Ghislin, John Ivers, Lukás Janata, Judd Janes, Drew Kravin, Caroline Mallonee, Quentin Marchetti, Emil Margolis, Steve Messner, Samara Rice, Sarah Rose Stiles, and Adam Waite.
The Playground Ensemble is dedicated to presenting chamber music as a living art form. Collaboration is at the heart of the Playground's artistic vision. In residence at Metro State University of Denver, Playground commissions new works by living composers, and regularly works with dancers, poets, spoken word artists, visual artists, and multi-media artists, finding inspiration across disciplines and exploring new, hybrid artistic forms.

BMI opens 2021 scholarship season

The BMI Foundation announced that it is now accepting online applications for its 2021 scholarship season, open to students attending colleges and universities nationwide.

The Foundation will administer five distinct songwriting and composing scholarship competitions, judged by panelists of international musical acclaim. These annual programs include the BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, BMI Student Composer Awards, John Lennon Scholarship, peermusic Latin Scholarship, and the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship. In addition, the Foundation administers two scholarship competitions outside the area of music creation: the BMI Founders Internship Program for broadcasting students, and the Woody Guthrie Fellowship for scholars pursuing topics or themes related to the American folk music progenitor.

Most program applications must be completed online no later than January 2021, and applicants should visit the company's website for specific deadlines for each program. For details and to apply, visit bmifoundation.org/programs.

Community News

Lisa Bielawa's Voters' Broadcast premieres

Lisa Bielawa's Voters Broadcast is "a transformative Election Year musical work for online and/or socially distanced ensembles," with text from Sheryl Oring's I Wish to Say. Voters' Broadcast was premiered in three virtual events on September 30, October 14, and October 28, and co-presented by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York. The live world premiere took place outdoors and distanced on October 24, co-presented by Kaufman Music Center and Brooklyn Public Library, as part of the Library's crowd-sourced 28th Amendment Project. Lisa was Composer-in-Residence for the 2020 Online Creative Musicians Experience.

Verdant Vibes season features Anuj Bhutani

Walden alumnus Anuj Bhutani is among the composers featured on Verdant Vibes' sixth season. Short performances and conversations featuring pieces chosen from our call for scores, guest artists, and collaborators. The virtual concert series will feature short performances and conversations featuring pieces chosen from our call for scores, guest artists, and collaborators. Verdant Vibes is a new music collective and concert series based in Providence. Anuj participated in the 2020 Online Creative Musicians Experience.

George Brandon premieres at Digital Divergent Symposium
In late September, Longy School of Music of Bard College hosted Digital Divergent, a two day online contemporary music symposium. CMR alumnus George Brandon is one of the Divergent Studio composers.  On September 27, works of George's were premiered, including "Two Dream Poems" for soprano and piano and an excerpt from "Little Suite for Oboe and Percussion" composed for the Alone Together virtual collaborations. These events were free and open to the public.

Washington Master Chorale opens virtual season

Washington Master Chorale has transitioned to an entirely virtual season, opening Friday, October 30. The first program, Illuminations, celebrates the music of Baltic and Scandinavian composers: Latvian Eriks Esenvalds, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, and Estonian Cyrillus Kreek, among others. The livestream event features a full virtual chorus as well as a socially distanced chamber choir performing in the Church of the Epiphany in Washington D.C. The broadcast took place at 7 pm Eastern, and is available to stream all weekend. The next program is Splendid Jewel on December 18. Thomas Colohan is the Artistic Director of Washington Master Chorale, a Walden alumnus, and a frequent visiting artist at Walden.

NSO@Home features Matthew Cummings
On October 4, The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) featured Matthew Cummings on its NSO@Home series. Matthew performed both a Bach cello movement from the Third Suite for Solo Cello as well as his own original composition, Some Floating Island, for cello and pre-recorded effects. Matthew was also interviewed by the concert series host, NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni. The weekly NSO@Home concerts are broadcast via Facebook Live and YouTube, and feature NSO musicians performing live from their homes, and also feature a Kennedy Center NSO Youth Fellow. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube here. Matthew was a 2020 OYME student.

Isabel Lepanto Gleicher performance and premiere

On October 27, flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher performed as part of the International Contemporary Ensemble's Tues@7 series. The event also featured the world premiere of Izzy's piece, Orchestrated Thoughts. Izzy was joined by joined by composer, drummer, educator and scholar Jessie Cox, and revolutionary freedom artist MC Spiritchild for an evening exploring new ways to collaborate and develop sound. "In highlighting each artist's practice, the evening culminates in a new collaborative work developed in an exquisite corpse style, layering improvisations, sounds, and abstract views of the outside world." Izzy has been in residence at Walden with the International Contemporary Ensemble for the past three summers.

Cara Haxo and Brian Fancher married

Cara Haxo and Brian Fancher got married on October 10. Cara spent six summers as a YMP student, and is now a faculty member and Academic Dean. Brian joined the Walden staff in 2017, and is now on faculty. When not at Walden, Brian is High School Vocal Music, Limited Edition, and Musical Director for Mayfield High School in Ohio. Cara earned her Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Oregon, was awarded the 2019 International Alliance for Women in Music Libby Larsen Prize, and her music often incorporates stories, poetry, and artwork. Congratulations, Cara and Brian!

Julie Herndon joins faculty at SFCM
Julie Herndon has joined the Faculty in Technology and Applied Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Julie Herndon is an Oakland-based composer and performer. Her work explores the body's relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technologies. She is also an alumna of the Creative Musicians Retreat, and is engaged to be married to fellow Creative Musicians Retreat alumnus, John Ivers. 

Mabel Kwan new album with Restroy

Restroy's new album, Sketches, was released on September 25. Chicago-based jazz ensemble Restroy is led by bassist Chris Dammann, with Avreeayl Ra on drums, Paul Giallorenzo and Mabel Kwan on keys, Kevin Davis on cello, and James Davis on trumpet. Mabel was the pianist for the 2020 Walden School Players, and premiered a number of solo pieces written by students of the Online Young Musicians Experience. On Sketches, Mabel performs on piano, synthesizers, and clavichord.

Matthew Levy releases Sum of Its Parts

On October 9, Matthew Levy released a world premiere recording, Sum of Its Parts, music for tenor saxophone and electronics. This is Matt's first solo recording on XAS, and features works by Emma O'Halloran and Jacob Walls. Matt is a founding member and executive and co-artistic director of PRISM Quartet, a past visiting artist at Walden, and continues to partner with Walden through the annual PRISM Quartet/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award, which culminates in PRISM premiering a work by a Walden student each spring.

Screening of Anna Lindemann's work The Colony

On October 18, the film version of Anna Lindemann's art-science performance The Colony was screened as part of the 13th Imagine Science Film Festival. Anna joined Imagine Science for a conversation about the show following the screening. The Colony is a show about sisterhood and the evolution of communication in two of the most social creatures on earth: humans and ants. Informed by scientific research on ant colonies, The Colony ventures into speculative fiction and includes projected animations and imagery alongside live spoken and musical performance. Anna is a composer, biologist, animator, performer, educator, and an alumna of the Young Musicians Program.

Ted Moore and Katie Balch married

Ted Moore and Katie Balch are now married! They met while they were both serving on the faculty at the Young Musicians Program. Katie is a composer, whose music "captures the magic of everyday sounds, inviting audiences into a sonic world characterized by imagination, discovery, and a rich diversity of styles." She is also a 2020 Rome Prize winner. Ted is composer, improviser, intermedia artist, and educator. His work focuses on fusing the sonic, visual, physical, and acoustic aspects of performance and sound, often through the integration of technology. Ted Congratulations, Ted and Katie!

Brent Morden works on new musical, Infernal

Brent Morden is composing, arranging, and music directing Infernal, a new musical created by Misha Mullany. The show is based on Dante Alighieri's Inferno. The New York-based show will premiere in December. Brent is based in New York, and is a composer, arranger, conductor, singer, and educator. He is also an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat.

National Sawdust 2020 New Works Commission winners

National Sawdust has announced 20 commissions from its Digital Discovery Festival open call commission for emerging composers residing or working in the United States. Among those commissioned are Walden faculty Ted Moore and past visiting artist Rajna Swaminathan. Their works will be premiered by

JACK Quartet on Friday, December 11. Austin Wulliman, one of the audiences together with artists, continue artist development during quarantine, and compensate artists in the hope that we can help each other build community while physically distancing.members of JACK Quartet, is also a past visiting artist at Walden. The Digital Discovery Festival is a weekly program of live performances, interviews, and artist development designed to bring audiences together with artists,

continue artist development during quarantine, and compensate artists in the hope that we can help each other build community while physically distancing.

Steve Parker awarded Rome Prize

Steve Parker, a past visiting artist at Walden, has been named a Rome Prize Fellow for 2021. Steve has been awarded the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize for his project, Futurist Opera. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Each winner receives a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of four to seven months at the Academy's eleven-acre campus in Rome, beginning in January 2021. In Rome, Steve will design a series of novel instruments and sound suits to be used in a new form of participatory opera. You can read more here.

Piece by Krishan Rai premiered on MATA Jr. 

Krishan Rai's piece, Revolving Images, was one of eight pieces premiered on October 18 as part of MATA Jr. The concert featured the Bergamot Quartet, and was livestreamed from Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn. Founded in 2014 as the educational arm of MATA, MATA Jr. is a collaborative learning experience, connecting pre-college composers from around the world with MATA artists and performers. Over the course of several months, six pre-college composers work with MATA Jr.'s composer-mentors as they write new works, culminating in an evening of world premieres. Krishan attended YMP in 2019.

Noah Stein wins 2020 NAfME Student Composers Competition

Noah Stein is one of four students named winners of the 2020 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composers Competition. The NAfME Student Composers Competition spotlights original music written by student composers. Noah's piece, Riparian Reeds, was one of two pieces selected at the High School level. You can listen to all of the winning and honorable mention student compositions here, including Noah's. Noah has been a YMP student for two summers, and was an OYME student in 2020.

Livestreamed concert with Stenberg|Cahill Duo

The Stenberg|Cahill Duo, composed of violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Sarah Cahill, performed a concert at Old First Church in San Francisco on October 11. The concert featured works by Somei Satoh, Lili Boulanger, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (arr. Maud Powell), Germaine Tailleferre, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Johannes Brahms, and world premieres by Ronald Bruce Smith and Mary D. Watkins. The concert was streamed live, and you can learn more about the performers and Old First Concerts here. Kate is a past visiting artist at Walden.

Trash Cats perform as part of Telemetry Music Series

Trash Cats, a duo composed of Walden faculty members Alex Christie and Kittie Cooper, performed on October 14 as part of the Telemetry Music Series. The event was streamed live on Twitch. Telemetry is an unconventional music series, showcasing bold new musical compositions, new instrumentation, and unique collaborations across space and genre. Each performance is free and open to the public.

Yarn/Wire features Sam Pluta and George Lewis

On October 22, Yarn/Wire featured Sam Pluta and George Lewis on Episode 18 of their series, Feedback. With Feedback, Yarn/Wire hopes to offer some unique answers to the question: "What is creative music?" For Yarn/Wire, it is a relationship between musicians, composers, artists, coupled with a dedication to making work that is meaningful, challenging, impactful, varied, and relevant. Each episode of Feedback features live video interviews with composers, musicians, and Yarn/Wire members covering a wide ranging set of topics, including our repertoire built over the past 15 years, as well as new works in progress. Yarn/Wire is a past visiting artist at Walden. Sam Pluta is a longtime Walden faculty member, and George Lewis is a past visiting artist, most recently as the CMR Composer-in-Residence in 2019.

In Memoriam

Leon Fleisher

Described as "one of America's most beloved and resourceful pianists," Leon Fleisher died in August at the age of 92. He debuted at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic at age 16, and at age 23, became the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels. At age 36, he lost the use of his right hand. Leon increased his teaching, began a conducting career, and focused on performing music written specifically for the left hand only. Leon taught for over 60 years at the Peabody Institute, and was a longtime member of Walden's Advisory Council and teacher to many Walden faculty and visiting artists over the years. He is deeply missed, and we are grateful for his legacy.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, YouTube, bandcamp, and at waldenschool.org.

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eNews: InterNetzo – September 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

I hope you will enjoy this special autumn equinox edition of InterNetzo, reflecting on this summer unlike any other. We had a number of exciting events during the Online Creative Musicians Experience and the Online Young Musicians Experience, concluding with a wonderful final concert by flutist Claire Chase.

If you tuned in to Giving Day on September 9, I hope you enjoyed the many video highlights from our summer. You can read more below, and if you are on Facebook, you can watch all the videos here.

Our Summer of Creativity Create-a-Thon has come to a close, and you can still check out these fascinating projects. I am so grateful for these creative individuals and their incredible projects who have inspired so much generosity toward Walden this summer.

Be sure to check out the Community News section to read about some of happenings in the lives and careers of fellow Walden community members.

Thanks for reading this issue of InterNetzo, participating in Walden, and lending your support and enthusiasm for our favorite summer music program. We look forward to being in touch in the weeks and months to come.

Sincerely,
Seth

Community Events

Giving Day

Walden's second-ever Giving Day took place on Wednesday, September 9.

Throughout the day, we shared video highlights from our summer, including concerts, composers forums, student activities, and Create-a-Thon reflections. If you are on Facebook, you can watch all the videos here.

We set a goal of raising $3,800, to help Walden return to New Hampshire for our 38th summer at Dublin School. With everyone's help, we raised more than $9,100. Thank you.

We are so grateful to everyone who donated to support Walden's transformative music programs, and who tuned it to see glimpses of Walden's summer.

To close Giving Day, we shared this video of group singing during the Online Young Musicians Experience, led by students Ash, Noah, Graham, and Marco, along with staff member Francesca.

Summer of Creativity

Walden's Summer of Creativity Create-a-Thon took place from June 27 to September 14, and to date raised more than $7,400. Members of the Walden community engaged in creative projects of their choosing to support Walden's programs and to engage with one another creatively and collaboratively. Not all of the projects involved composing, or even music for that matter. The Summer of Creativity was a way to celebrate all the ways our Walden community is creative, and to provide nourishing creative connection while we spent the summer physically distanced from one another.

Although the Create-a-Thon has officially come to a close, you can still check out these 14 amazing projects and even make a contribution (through September 30) if you are so moved.

Claire Chase performs to benefit Walden

On Saturday, August 1, Walden alumni, faculty and staff, board members, families, and friends gathered by video call an online concert to benefit and celebrate Walden, featuring flutist Claire Chase. In case you were not able to join, you missed her performing live from the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall at Dublin School.

Claire gave a stunning performance featuring works by Dai Fujikura, Du Yun, and past Walden Composer-in-Residence Marcos Balter. A fascinating conversation with Marcos and Claire followed the performance.

We are so grateful to our host committee and all of our event donors for their generosity--we raised more than $5,400. Thank you! Your support helps ensure creative musicians find a home at Walden for generations to come.

2020 Summer Programs

Online Young Musicians Experience

The Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME) brought together 33 talented and creative young people from around the country and beyond. Though physically distanced, students had ample opportunity to connect with a larger community of peers, mentors, and friends, through creative extracurricular projects, social gatherings, weekly concerts, and participation in some of Walden's beloved traditions.

Our faculty team included Alex Christie, Kittie Cooper, Brian Fancher, Danny Felsenfeld, Cara Haxo, Doug Hertz, Michael Kropf, Nate May, Sarah Riskind, and Dennis Sullivan, a brilliant group of composers and educators ready to mentor, support, and inspire OYME students. Many thanks, also, to staff members Sammi Stone, Francesca Hellerman, and Lila Meretzky for their tireless work behind the scenes. Our visiting artists--Aurora Nealand and friends, the International Contemporary Ensemble, thingNY, and The Walden School Players--gave incredible performances on our online concert series. Each concert was free and open to the public (with an internet connection).

Festival Week included four Composers Forums, July 27-30, on which all 33 OYME students had a piece premiered. These pieces were performed by the six members of The Walden School Players--Laura Cocks, Erica Dicker, Dana Jessen, Mabel Kwan, Tawnya Popoff, and Chris Wild--as well as past faculty member Erin Cameron. Every piece was followed by discussion with the composer, moderated by faculty members and Composer-in-Residence Mario Diaz de Leon. Mario brought a warm, thoughtful, and supportive voice, and also shared a fascinating presentation about his journey as a composer.

Students also participated in a variety of physically-distanced camp fun, including a cooking class from Neil at Dublin School, building their own synthesizers with faculty members Alex and Kittie, juggling with Walden alumni parent Susan Lord, group singing from home, and two open mic nights.

Throughout the summer, our faculty, staff, visiting artists, and students showed incredible adaptability. It is inspiring to see the Walden community harness constraints to fuel composition, creating music that embraces digital spaces in mind- and ear-opening ways and responds to our time with poignant, arresting sounds.

Online Creative Musicians Experience

The Online Creative Musicians Experience (OCME) was an amazing nine days immersed in music-making! The OCME community was spread across two countries, four time zones, fifteen states and the District of Columbia, but we made use of the technology available to come together to form a warm and inspiring community.

OCME included a word of the day each morning, drinking a lot of coffee, and an academic curriculum that would make Grace Cushman proud. OCME had a full slate of offerings, including classes in musicianship, electronic music, and contemporary topics; workshops in digital synthesis, the contemporary string quartet, found object percussion, and choral commissioning; and an incredible opening concert with Mivos Quartet.

Our teaching faculty included veteran faculty members Loretta Notareschi, D. J. Sparr, Alex Christie, and Renée Favand-See and OCME Director Caroline Mallonee. We were pleased to welcome back Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Maya Bennardo, Tyler J. Borden) as well as our other artists-in-residence, Thomas Colohan, Matthew Gold, and Eric Huebner.We were so fortunate to have Lisa Bielawa as our Composer-in-Residence. In addition to being a thoughtful and insightful forum moderator, Lisa invited us to be a part of her large-scale project, Broadcast from Home. OCME participants, faculty, staff, and artists contributed recordings that were incorporated into Chapter 11. You can listen to it here, and you may even recognize some of the voices.

The final weekend included two composers forums with sixteen world premieres, a virtual open mic session, and reflecting on the online week together. We are grateful to our participants for their creativity and enthusiasm, and we hope to see everyone in person soon!

Help Walden Get Ready for next summer

2020 has certainly changed the world. And, although it brought many unexpected challenges, 2020 has also brought us wonderful community events, engaging online experiences, stunning new music in virtual performance spaces, and more. These have inspired us, filled us with gratitude, and kept Walden's community thriving. Visit waldenschool.org/2020 to learn more about the summers many successes.

The generosity of our donors makes all that we do possible, and we are so grateful for their steadfast support. As we reflect on summer 2021, we are also looking ahead to summer 2021. We can hardly wait to return to New Hampshire, and we need your help.

If you would like to make a gift to support Walden's transformative programs, you can donate online through this link, or send a check payable to "The Walden School" to our administrative office, 30 Monterey Blvd., Suite E, San Francisco, CA 94131. Gifts must be postmarked by September 30 or made online by 11:59pm PDT on September 30 to count toward Walden's 2020 fiscal year. Thank you for your consideration.

News and Goods

Amazon Smile

Do you find yourself shopping on Amazon.com more often these days? Do you have "back" to school shopping to do? If you're shopping on Amazon, don't forget to use AmazonSmile! A portion of every sale will be donated to Walden.

Go to smile.amazon.com and select "Walden School" (listed in San Francisco, CA) as your charity. You'll know it's us, because it includes our mission and our programs.

Mission: The Walden School inspires artistic expression and personal growth through experiential music programs.
Programs: Young Musicians Program, Creative Musicians Retreat

Community News

Katie Balch named Rome Prize winner
On July 23, the American Academy in Rome announced the new Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows. Past YMP faculty member Katie Balch was awarded the Elliot Carter Rome Prize in Musical Composition. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Each winner receives a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of f our to seven months at the Academy's eleven-acre campus in Rome, beginning in January 2021.

Anuj Bhutani wins Cerddorion Competition

Walden alumnus Anuj Bhutani won first prize in Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble's Eighth Annual Emerging Composers Competition. Anuj was selected for his piece Moments (poem by e.e. cummings). Cerddorion will premiere the first and second prize winning compositions in Spring 2021. Anuj participated in the 2020 Online Creative Musicians Experience.

Michael Daugherty tribute to Woody Guthrie
This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie is past CMR Composer-in-Residence Michael Daugherty's musical tribute to the singer-songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie. Naxos released the world-premiere recording, featuring performances by the Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, conducted by David Alan Miller, and vocal soloists Annika Socolofsky and John Daugherty.

Del Sol String Quartet premieres with Library of Congress

Del Sol String Quartet is participating in the Library of Congress' Boccaccio Project, a series of new commissions inspired by the current situation. Violist Charlton Lee teamed up with composer Luciano Chessa on the piece 1462 Willard Street, and cellist Kathryn Bates worked with improviser-composer Miya Masaoka on Intuit. Del Sol is a past visiting artist at Walden.

Rebekah Griffin Greene performs online concert
On July 24, Rebekah Griffin Greene performed on an online concert, the second in the Bloomingdale School of Music's summer concert series. Rebekah is on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music, and the concert also featured fellow faculty member Tereasa Payne. The performance also featured Terry Greene, Rebekah's husband. Rebekah is a Walden alumna, and both Rebekah and Terry are past YMP faculty members.

Felix Jarrar joins Brooklyn Music School faculty

Felix Jarrar has joined the faculty at Brooklyn Music School as the pianist/coach for the Virtual Summer Vocal Arts program. Felix has also launched a YouTube channel, sharing his art songs and excerpts of his operas. Felix is a Brooklyn-based composer and pianist, and an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat.

Camara Kambon writes music for John Lewis documentary

Walden alumnus Camara Kambon wrote the music for "John Lewis: Get in the Way," a documentary film about the late Congressman John Lewis. There was a national PBS broadcast of the film on July 23 with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The film was streaming on PBS through the middle of August. Camara attended the Young Musicians Program.

Albert Kim featured on SF Piano Festival
Albert Kim was featured on the San Francisco International Piano Festival, with an interview and retrospective performance on August 21. In conversation with artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur. The interview explored tradition and innovation, the formats through which we share and receive music, illusions of the classical music industry, and how young musicians are leading the way forward. The performance featured works by Ravel, Pierre Jalbert, and Beethoven. Albert is an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program. You can watch the performance and discussion here.

Tyson Laa Deng graduates Master of Science

YMP alumnus Tyson Laa Deng has graduated with a Master of Science in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University. Tyson has accepted a job as an Information Security Engineer at PayPal, Inc. Congratulations, Tyson!

 

Tawnya Popoff performs online concert

Tawnya Popoff performed an online concert on July 23, part of a series hosted by Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM). Tawnya performed music by Melia Watras, Garth Knox, Milton Barnes, Stravinsky, and Gershwin. Violist Tawnya Popoff is a longtime member of The Walden School Players. You can watch the concert here.

Debut album from Dennis Sullivan and Erin Rogers

Composer/percussionist Dennis Sullivan and composer/saxophonist Erin Rogers make up the duo Popebama, which just released their debut album, Nation Building. The album includes four original works,a nd is described as "a 40-minute guide to forging your own sound world." Dennis is a YMP/OYME faculty member, and Erin was a 2020 OYME visiting artist with thingNY.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen performs online concert

Tamsin Waley-Cohen was featured on Ryedale Festival's Ryestream, their new online concert series. Tamsin, a violinist, collaborated with pianist Christopher Glynn on a program of works by Edward Elgar, including the Sonata and the Chansons de Matin and de Nuit, which we recorded in All Saints Church in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Tamsin is a past visiting artist at Walden. You can watch the performance here.

Article from Claudia Wallis in Scientific American

Claudia Wallis published an article in Scientific American entitled "Why Some People Get Terribly Sick from COVID-19." The article explores the complex and overlapping factors that can make an individual more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. Claudia is an award-winning science journalist, and the mother of YMP alumnus Nat Osborn.

Chris Wild virtual cello recital

Cellist Chris Wild gave a virtual recital on August 16 to benefit Musicians Foundation's CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program. Chris performed Benjamin Britten's Suite No.1 for Solo Cello, Drew Baker's Age of the Deceased (Six Months in Chicago), and Marcos Balter's memória. If you are on Facebook, you can still watch the performance here. Chris also shares content on his YouTube channel, Great Moments in Orchestral History. Chris is a member of The Walden School Players.

Evan Williams joins Lawrence University Board of Trustees

Evan Williams, a past YMP faculty member, has joined the Lawrence University Board of Trustees as a Recent Graduate Trustee. Evan is a composer and assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Rhodes College. He graduated from Lawrence with a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition and holds a DMA in composition with a cognate in orchestral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a masters of music in composition from Bowling Green State University.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.

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eNews: InterNetzo – June 2020

 

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

Please enjoy this June edition of InterNetzo. Walden's Summer of Creativity Create-a-Thon begins today! We invite your participation and welcome your support--please learn more in the Community Events section.

You can also hear from Carrie Mallonee about our 2020 Online Creative Musicians Experience (OCME), and register for our July 5 concert with Aurora Nealand and friends. Check out our "In the Spotlight" section to hear reflections from Theo Trevisan, an alumnus of three Walden programs as well as a 2019 staff member.

Sincerely,
Seth

Community Events

Join Walden's Summer of Creativity!

Our Create-a-Thon starts today.

Summer 2020 is a summer unlike any other for Walden, and we are making it a Summer of Creativity! Once upon a time, we thought we would be gathering in Dublin, New Hampshire, today for the first day of the Young Musicians Program. We're not in Dublin today, but we are still very excited to launch our Create-a-Thon, which will run from June 27 to September 14.

Members of the Walden community are engaging in creative projects of their choosing to support Walden's programs and to engage with one another creatively and collaboratively.

Check out some of the projects here:
Danielle's Blessing for Patients
Gaela's Travel Journal Labyrinth
Joel's Voyage
Liam's Compositionally-Constrained Electronic Music
Ruth's Family Opera
Sarah's Novella

We gratefully accept donations either in appreciation of a specific project, or to the Summer of Creativity as a whole. Donations will go toward Walden's Annual Fund--your gift of any amount makes a difference in the lives of creative musicians. If there is a project you're interested in, but you're unsure if it fits, write to events@waldenschool.org--we would love to hear your thoughts! You can also check out these FAQs to learn more.

Learn More

Upcoming

Online Concerts

We hope you will join us online for our upcoming concerts!

July 5 - Aurora Nealand and Friends
7:30 pm Eastern time
Zoom video call

Register

Aurora Nealand is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and sound artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Voted "Best Saxophonist" "Best Female Performer" & "Best Traditional Jazz Band" in the 2015 & 2016 Big Easy and OffBeat Awards, she leads projects that span from traditional New Orleans Jazz to avant-garde rock to free improvisation. Aurora is also a past faculty member at The Walden School.

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events:
July 9 - Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in concert - LIVE!
July 16 - concert to be announced
July 23 - The Walden School Players in concert
July 27 - presentation by Mario Diaz de Leon, Composer-in-Residence
July 28-30 - Festival Week: The Walden School OYME Composers Forums

All events at 7:30pm EDT, free, and open to the public with an internet connection and Zoom!

2020 Summer Programs

Reflection on the Online Creative Musicians Experience

With Caroline Mallonee, Director of OCME

The Online Creative Musicians Experience (OCME) turned out to be an amazing week of music-making! We were spread across two countries, four time zones, fifteen states and the District of Columbia, but we made use of the technology available to come together to form a warm and inspiring community.

Did it feel like Walden? It did! We enjoyed a word of the day each morning, we drank a lot of coffee, and we offered an academic curriculum that would make Grace Cushman proud. OCME had a full slate of offerings, including classes in musicianship, electronic music, and contemporary topics; workshops in digital synthesis, the contemporary string quartet, found object percussion, and choral commissioning; and an incredible opening concert.

Our teaching faculty included veteran faculty members Loretta Notareschi, D. J. Sparr, Alex Christie, and Renée Favand-See (and me!). We were pleased to welcome back Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Maya Bennardo, Tyler J. Borden) as well as our other artists-in-residence, Thomas Colohan, Matthew Gold, and Eric Huebner.

We were so fortunate to have Lisa Bielawa as our Composer-in-Residence. In addition to being a thoughtful and insightful forum moderator, Lisa invited us to be a part of her large-scale project, Broadcast from Home. Since the lockdown started, Lisa has been collecting testimonies from people affected by the pandemic. She writes melodies to be sung to these texts and composes instrumental parts to weave into the musical texture; she releases one "chapter" of Broadcast from Home each week. OCME participants, faculty, staff, and artists contributed recordings that were incorporated into Chapter 11. You can listen to it here, and you may even recognize some of the voices.

We hope to see you in person soon!
-Carrie

Online Young Musicians Experience

July 5 - Orientation & Opening Concert
July 6 - July 30 (Mondays-Thursdays)

All events, classes, and lessons will be scheduled to take place between 12 pm and 9 pm Eastern time and will take place over Zoom.

We are accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited, and some need-based financial aid is available.

The Walden School's 2020 Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME) is a physically-distanced program of online music-making, learning, and activities taking place throughout July 2020, bringing together Walden faculty, staff, students, and visiting artists for classes, concerts, and community gatherings. In line with the core goals of Walden's in-person Young Musicians Program (YMP), OYME is an opportunity for students to make valuable connections and musical relationships and develop their creative voices with the help of faculty mentors.

The core of the curriculum is the composition course, which includes weekly one-on-one composition lessons and studio classes, in which students compose new solo pieces, workshop these pieces with performers, and share their music in public Composers Forums during Festival Week (July 27-30). The composition course is complemented by offerings in The Walden School musicianship curriculum and special topics classes, with several enrollment options to fit students' diverse interests and schedules.

Though physically distanced, students have ample opportunity to connect with a larger community of peers, mentors, and friends, through creative extracurricular projects, social gatherings, weekly concerts, and participation in some of Walden's beloved traditions. All participants benefit from a complete Walden experience: part school, part camp, and part festival, thoughtfully adapted for the unusual circumstance of an online summer experience.

In the Spotlight

Theo Trevisan

We caught up with Theo Trevisan, an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program, the Creative Musicians Retreat, and, as of this week, the Online Creative Musicians Experience. Theo was on staff at the Young Musicians Program in 2019, and will be participating in Walden's Summer of Creativity. Stay tuned for updates on Theo's creative endeavors!

How and when did your relationship with Walden begin, and how do you stay connected now?

In 2012, my mom found out about Walden from one of her friends, a violinist who had heard about it from other performers. I was at another summer camp in roughly the same area of New Hampshire, and when I got back, she pitched Walden to me for the next year to go and compose. At the time, I was very burnt out from traveling with choir and said, "Absolutely not." A year later she pitched it again, so I went in 2014, and after that I always regretted not going a year earlier. I attended the Young Musicians Program (YMP) from 2014 to 2017, then went to the Alumni Reunion in 2018. I went to the Creative Musicians Retreat in 2019, and was on staff at YMP. I just took part in the Online Creative Musicians Experience last week. Since 2014, I've managed to keep a connection with Walden programs each year in some way.

Outside the summers, I stay in touch with the Walden community, with other students who were at YMP when I was. We still post a word of the day sometimes, and other little reminders of the Walden community throughout the year. Since joining the staff, I also keep in touch with faculty and staff members, so I try to stay in touch with all aspects of the Walden community.

Could you describe a favorite Walden memory?

That's a tough one. Monadnock hikes are always a highlight of the summer for me. Getting to stand at the top and look over everything-especially if it's a nice day-is a really great thing. The dances are great as well, so Saturdays in general are always fun. The second to last and last Saturdays in particular, when you have so many different events, are great. That last Saturday, when there's a swim trip, a dance, an open mic, and everything going on, is amazing, but of course bittersweet because it's the last full day.

Another memory is from 2016, when ICE did a residency at Walden, and some of us got to write pieces for them in advance. That was a great opportunity. But it's hard to pin down one particular memory.

How are music and creativity part of your life now?

They are still a very large part of my life. I just finished my junior year at Princeton. I'm studying music composition and computer science, so creative activity and generative work is most of what I do. Walden has been really good at helping me think outside the box, which I notice at school as well. I'm very fortunate that when I hear different types of music, I'm not thinking about it in only one conventional way. Walden teaches you from day one that music is sound organized in time, and teaches you to make different connections. There are lots of things you wouldn't conventionally learn that Walden pushes you to think about. Especially now, with lots of time sitting at home, I've found myself surprisingly motivated to compose a lot, so that's still a huge part of my life, and I plan for it to continue to be that way.

What is a non-musical hobby you love?

I've always loved reading. I'd like to do a Great Books program at some point. Particularly before quarantine I was trying to read a bunch of classic books. I just finished Moby Dick, and I'm reading Dubliners now, waiting for some other books to arrive. Last summer at Walden I was working on Paradise Lost in the few moments of spare time I had during the work day.

I also like to play video games, especially strategy games. I've been playing more Dungeons and Dragons during quarantine, because it forces you to be social with friends. I've been doing a little bit of cooking, and a tiny bit of baking, but reading is probably the biggest non-musical activity right now.

You're taking part in the Create-a-Thon, and you're also a donor--why do you give to Walden?

I give to Walden because it's a way of giving back. The Walden community has been a really important part of my life and my growth as a person, as well as a musician. I want to make sure that opportunity and that community is still there for younger people--and older people--who want to be part of that community. Walden was one of the most important things for me growing up, and I want to make sure that sticks around.

What is your hope or dream for Walden's future?

I hope that we can all be back in Dublin again in the future. That might sound small, but this is such a challenging time for arts institutions. OCME was great for seeing that the community is still there, even if we're not in Dublin, and it was great to have that time of being together, but I hope we're able to gather in Dublin again in coming summers. I'm glad to see the Walden community is holding together, despite everything going on in the world, but I miss Walden, even though I had that online connection. I miss the in-person experience, but I'm also just very grateful to the leadership team and everyone keeping things going. I'm grateful Walden has been such a large part of my life.

Community News

Lisa Bielawa Broadcast from Home collaboration with Walden
Lisa Bielawa's Broadcast from Home is a new large scale work response to the coronavirus crisis, featuring contributions from the public. The work is premiered by weekly chapters. Chapter 11: "Throw a Prayer" was a special collaboration with Walden's Online Creative Musicians Experience (OCME), featuring faculty, guest artists, and participants. "Throw a Prayer" premiered on Thursday, June 18, and you can listen to it here. Lisa Bielawa was the 2020 OCME Composer-in-Residence.

Ethan Borshansky live radio broadcast in Portland
On June 10, Ethan Borshansky was featured on Electric Drizzle, an FM radio show in Portland, Oregon. Ethan did a live broadcast of, in his words, "very strange, possibly obnoxious all-original electronic music." Listeners could tune in by radio in Portland, or watch the livestream online. Ethan is an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program (YMP) and the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR), and a past YMP staff member.

Erin Cameron joins Arkansas State University faculty
Erin Cameron will be joining the Arkansas State University Department of Music Faculty as their new clarinet professor. Erin enjoys a diverse career as a clarinetist, educator, and composer. She has served as the Clarinet Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and maintains an active clarinet studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Bowling Green State University and will complete her doctoral degree at the University of North Texas in fall 2020. Erin is a Young Musicians Program faculty member.

Alex Christie and Leah Reid
featured on SEAMUS vol. 29 

Alex Christie and Leah Reid both have pieces featured on Music from SEAMUS vol. 29, released on June 26, 2020. SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) releases
its newest recording in an ongoing series featuring works by the organization's member composers, under the curation of SEAMUS Director of Recordings, Scott L. Miller. EAM2020 also contains works by Elainie Lillios, Ioannis Andriotis, Elliot Lupp, Chris Lortie, Nicole L. Carroll, Panayiotis Kokoras, Per Bloland, and Nathaniel Haering. Both Alex and Leah are Walden alumni, and Alex is a faculty member and Director of Electronic Music.

World premieres with Del Sol String Quartet
Del Sol String Quartet is back in action, physically distanced, with a performance at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific, , on June 27 (Today!). The concert will take place over Zoom, and is a collaboration with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Del Sol will premiere six pieces by the Composer Fellows: fellows Shane Cook, Clifton Ingram, Andrew Rodriguez, Rajna Swaminathan, Patricia Wallinga, and Kerwin Young. Del Sol is a past visiting artist at Walden, as is Rajna Swaminathan.

Alice Faye Kincade
graduates from UCLA

Congratulations to Alice Faye Kincade, who recently graduated from UCLA! She completed with a bachelors in Gender Studies. Alice is a YMP alumna.

Yuri Lee wins Morton Gould Young Composer Award

2019 YMP student Yuri Lee is one of the recipients of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, which encourage talented young creators of concert music ranging in age from 12 to 30. 2019 YMP student Julian Ossa received an honorable mention, as did Michael Kropf, faculty member and CMR alumnus.

Mackenzie Melemed American Pianists Awards finalist
Walden alumnus Mackenzie Melemed is one of five finalists for the American Pianists Awards. Each of the finalists has been awarded a cash prize, and each pianist will travel separately to Indianapolis over a period of weeks in Spring of 2021 for solo recitals to be livestreamed worldwide, with no in-person audience. The competition will culminate on June 25-27, 2021, with solo, chamber music with the Dover Quartet, and concerto performances. The winner will receive the American Pianists Association Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship.

Nnenna Ogwo online Juneteenth celebration

In the 5th year of her annual Juneteenth celebration at Joe's Pug, pianist Nnenna Ogwo performed with her collaborators, Sterling Strings and special guests soprano Erika Banks and Amos Gabia on drums. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America, dating back to June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. In light of the pandemic, the event shifted online. The livestream celebration was free and open to the public. Nnenna is a Walden alumna, as well as a past board member, faculty member, and visiting artist.

Michael Poll online concert

On Friday, June 26, Michael Poll took part in a free online event organized by the Association of Marshall Scholars that was a collaboration with composer Elizabeth Ogonek, flautist Emi Ferguson, pianist Nico Namoradze, and architect Juan Joffre. The program included a wide array of music, from American Traditional Singing to Avant Garde solo piano and a lot in between. Michael is a past visiting artist at Walden.

Ben Richardson named to Olympic Training Team

USA Curling is excited to announce the addition of the U-25 National Team Program. The program has been created as an opportunity for the USOPC and USA Curling to continue developing young competitive athletes as they age out of the junior ranks. This program is designed to ensure that young athletes have the tools necessary to continue to develop into world class players while USA Curling remains competitive on the world stage. CMR alumnus Ben Richardson has been named to the men's team, alongside Luc Violette, Chase Sinnett, and Jon Harstad.

Alan Shewmon moves to Maine

Alan Shewmon has moved from California to Maine with his wife Elisabeth and their daughter Sophia, who will be starting 9th grade in Boston in the fall. Alan spent six summers at the Junior Conservatory Camp, Walden's predecessor program.

Pamela Z live online June 23 and 27

Pamela Z performed a live online solo concert on Tuesday, June 23, and will perform another on Saturday, June 27. On June 23, Pamela Z was featured on the Gray Sound Sessions, Vol. 7, presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Nomi Epstein was also featured, as both composer/performers gave a half-hour solo performance. You can watch the concert on YouTube here. On June 27, Experimental Sound Studio presents The Quarantine Concerts: Vox Effusis curated by Lou Mallozzi (vol 2), featuring Pamela Z. You can watch the livestream here starting at 2 pm Central time. Pamela Z is a past visiting artist at Walden.

In Memoriam

Frank Wallace

Frank Wallace passed away on June 2. Frank and his wife Nancy Knowles have been longtime Walden friends and supporters in the Monadnock region, and frequent concert attendees. Frank and Nancy also performed as Duo LiveOak, sharing the great song repertoire from the middle ages to contemporary, accompanied by the guitar and its ancestors. Frank wrote about his journey with cancer on his website, where you can also find his music. We send our condolences to Frank's family and many friends.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.

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eNews: InterNetzo – May 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

I hope you will find this May edition of InterNetzo hopeful and informative. Be sure to check out our “In the Spotlight” section to hear from Tamar Bloch, alumna of the Junior Conservatory Camp and longtime Walden faculty member.

First, I want to share with you some important updates about our 2020 programs.

Walden 2020

As we pause our in-person programs this summer, Walden is offering two new, alternative programming options. Learn more about the Online Creative Musicians Experience (June 13-21; for musicians ages 18+) and the Online Young Musicians Experience (July 6-30; for students ages 9-18)  below.

In addition, we hope you will join us for one or more of our online events this summer, beginning with our opening concert on June 13, featuring Mivos Quartet, Matthew Gold, Eric Huebner, and the music of Lisa Bielawa and Loretta Notareschi, among others. Details below.

Though we grieve being unable to gather together in New Hampshire this summer, the spirit and community of Walden are unshaken. We are deeply grateful to all of our friends and donors, whose generosity keeps Walden thriving this year, next year, and every year. We will miss our many friends in Dublin and the Monadnock region this summer. We eagerly look forward to gathering in-person again soon, and for many wonderful summers to come.

We wish everyone in the Walden community the very best for wellness and peace during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
Seth

Community Events

Josh Modney performs to benefit Walden

On May 2, Walden alumni, faculty and staff, board members, families, and friends gathered by video call from more than 80 locations around the country and around the world for an amazing online concert. Violinist Josh Modney, a frequent visiting artist at Walden, gave a stunning performance featuring works by J.S. Bach, Taylor Brook, and three Walden alumnae: Caroline Mallonee, Darlene Castro Ortiz, and Genevieve Evans.

We were delighted to welcome all three featured Walden alumnae, as well as Taylor Brook, on the video call, and so we were able to hear directly from each of them about their musical ideas. Thanks, also, to Walden faculty members Katie Balch and Cara Haxo providing delicious and festive recipes for attendees to try while we were all e-ttending from home.

You can find a video here of Caroline Mallonee, alumna and Director of Walden’s Creative Musicians Retreat, speaking about the selections from her collection, String Tunes, which Josh performed.

We are so grateful to our host committee and all of our event donors for their many contributions. With everyone’s help, we raised more than $10,300. Thank you! Such generous support ensures creative musicians find a home at Walden for generations to come.

June 13 – Summer Season Opening Concert – ONLINE

We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 13, for our first online concert of the summer, featuring Mivos Quartet, percussionist Matthew Gold, and pianist Eric Huebner. The concert will include performances of works by our Online Creative Musicians Experience Composer-in-Residence Lisa Bielawa and Walden alumna and faculty member Loretta Notareschi, among others.

Saturday, June 13, 2020
4:00 pm Eastern time
Zoom video call

Stay tuned for event details, as well as information about more online events!

In the Spotlight

Tamar Bloch

Tamar Bloch spent four summers as a student at the Junior Conservatory Camp (JCC), Walden’s predecessor program, and more than fifteen summers on Walden’s faculty. An accomplished music educator, composer, and performer, Tamar is a wonderful member of the Walden community, and has many stories to share.

 

How and when did your relationship with JCC and Walden begin?

My lifelong relationship with JCC and Walden began in 1969, as a student at JCC. I had never composed before, and my first summer, I didn’t write a note. During my second summer, I saw that everyone else was composing, so I started as well. I am continually amazed that Grace Newsom Cushman founded this extraordinary summer program in the 1950s, and that her legacy is going strong! It really was a life changing experience for me, in so many ways, and I’m still close with some of my former JCC roommates to this day, including Robin Seto and Sheree Clement. It’s wonderful to have these lifelong connections. My 4 summers at JCC have informed my life as a musician and teacher throughout my varied careers.

What has been your connection with Walden since then?

After spending four summers at JCC, I started teaching at Walden in 1975. Since then, I spent many years on the faculty at Walden, both in Vershire, Vermont, at the Mountain School, and in Dublin for many, many summers. Since then, I’ve moderated composers forums in New York and at alumni reunions. It was wonderful to hear music from alumni and students, and to lead the discussion. I’ve helped organize alumni reunions, and was sorry to miss the last one.

I have always felt a very strong connection with JCC and Walden on a deeply personal level. Now that connection is consciously fostered, but there has always been a sense of community and deep-rooted friendships. During my 15 years living in Budapest, I often taught at Walden during the summers, and it always felt like coming “home.”

Could you describe a favorite memory from your time as a JCC student?

There were so many musical and non-musical wonders. I remember one night Mrs. C woke us all up to go out to watch the northern lights. It was extraordinary, standing outside Burklyn Manor in our pajamas, watching the northern lights. I remember Alan Shewmon playing Chopin etudes, the thrill of singing in a choir, Nelson Max’s films, not to mention the composers forums. In class we analyzed Bartok’s Music for Strings Percussion, and Celesta, still one of my favorite pieces, as well as George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. The mountain hikes were epic, and somehow we made it up and down Mt. Washington!

Could you describe a favorite memory from your time on faculty?

One of my most amazing experiences was Pauline Oliveros’ residency. We did many of her meditations and performed her music. She was an amazing presence, and I had the good fortune to attend her second International Conference on Deep Listening. My experiences at JCC and Walden prepared me for that. Taking on new challenges, trying out new sounds, and being pushed outside your comfort zone were and are ongoing at Walden.

Although I don’t like to single out students or classes, I had one class which we called the “Future Presidents Club.” There were three girls in it who did amazing work.  We sang atonal melodies, they could read anything, they sang musically and in tune. Sam Adler, who was composer-in-residence that year, came to my class and complimented me on the beautiful singing. There are so many memories, I could write a book!

How are music and creativity part of your life now?

I really enjoy listening. I love listening to leaves rustling in the air and different bird calls. Just standing still and listening to what’s around me. I also love helping students to open their ears and hear the sounds around them. Right now, I’m preparing to move, which is a huge operation. However, once I move to Rhinebeck, New York, with my partner, I plan on taking lessons with Marilyn Crispell (JCC alumna and past Walden visiting artist), who lives nearby. My first jazz teacher, Ellen Hoffman, is also a JCC alumna — full circle.

What is a non-musical hobby you love?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and find that to be a very creative activity. I can’t give anyone my recipes because I make them up as I go along!

I love to travel, and I love going to museums, concerts, films, theater, etc. I’m a ‘culture vulture’. I’ve been having movie nights with Peter, my partner, since sheltering in place started, and we’ll get back to traveling when it’s safe, even if that won’t be for a while.

What is your hope or dream for Walden’s future?

One of the great things about Walden is that it’s non-judgmental, and a very safe place to try out new ideas. It’s a safe place to fail–which you do in composing, in life, in everything–and then you figure out how to make it better. Walden is unusual in the depth of mentorship and learning from one another–it’s really free-flowing knowledge, which you certainly don’t find in every teaching situation. I feel that knowledge is to be shared and distributed, not to be held onto. We’ve all gotten the knowledge from somewhere, so I think it’s our duty to pass it on.

I also find Walden is a great place to be able to dream and create, in classes as well as independently. I really love watching my former students grow and become adults and have their own families and careers. It’s great to follow them and see what they’re doing, and I love seeing pictures of their children. That sense of community and connection is so much a part of Walden.

2020 Summer Programs

Walden 2020 Online Experiences

While we cannot gather in person this summer, Walden is excited to offer two alternative programming options: the Online Creative Musicians Experience for adult musicians (ages 18+), and the Online Young Musicians Experience for students ages 9 to 18. All participants already enrolled for summer 2020 programs are automatically admitted and warmly invited to participate, and we are accepting applications for both programs, on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited, and some need-based financial aid is available.

Online Creative Musicians Experience

June 13-June 21, 2020

This experience will include classes in musicianship, contemporary topics, and electronic music, composition, instrumental, and professional development workshops, private composition, instrumental, and conducting lessons, an Opening Concert (June 13) and Closing Composers Forums (June 20 and 21). An incredible team of accomplished and experienced Walden faculty will be leading our week together, including Alexander Christie, Renée Favand-See, Caroline Mallonee, Loretta Notareschi, and D. J. Sparr. They will be joined by artists-in-residence Lisa Bielawa (composer-in-residence), Thomas Colohan (conductor), Matthew Gold (percussion), Eric Huebner (piano), and Mivos Quartet (ensemble-in-residence).

Online Young Musicians Experience

July 6 – July 30, 2020 (Mondays-Thursdays)

Students (ages 9 to 18) will have the opportunity to take classes and lessons with veteran Walden faculty members (musicianship, composition, and special topics), compose a solo piece for performance and recording by one of Walden’s amazing visiting artists, e-ttend numerous online concerts and composers forums, and participate in some online and offline recreational & community activities led by members of Walden’s faculty and staff. Stay tuned for more details to come!

We are excited to launch these new program offerings, and like all of us at this time, we are learning and experimenting as we go. Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding during this dynamic period. If you have any questions or comments in regards, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 Featured Community Project

The CO-19 Project

Indra’s Net by Shawnee Boyd (cover art for the score)

Despite the current situation, Walden alumni have been connecting and collaborating in inspiring ways! Nineteen composers, from eight states, ranging in age from 20 to nearly 80, collaborated on The CO-19 Project: A Collage for String Quartet by 19 Composers. Their contributions, new works and old, express the varied emotions experienced during the pandemic. The collage highlights how The Walden School’s programs foster a wide community of composers. Nearly all of the collaborators are Walden alumni. Special thanks to Bob Bassett, CMR alumnus, for his work in coordinating this collaboration. Stay tuned to hear more about this exciting project!

The Collaborators
Bob Bassett
Ross Beresford
Shawnee Boyd
Deb Dyko
Brett Austin Eastman
Emma Eliason (Audio Engineer)
Michael Frank
Evan Ghislin
John Ivers
Lukáš Janata
Judd Janes
Drew Kravin
Caroline Mallonee
Quentin Marchetti
Emil Margolis
Steve Messner
Samara Rice
Sarah Rose Stiles
Adam Waite

Community News

Vicente Hansen Atria online premiere
On May 3, a new work by Vicente Hansen Atria was premiered as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s new solo commissioning initiative, Connecting ACO Community. The project pairs a composer and a performer for an online premiere and discussion. Vicente’s piece was premiered by Jay Campbell. Vicente is an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat, and is currently pursuing his DMA at Columbia University.

Andrew Barnes Jamieson virtual concert
On May 16, Young Musicians Program alumnus Andrew Barnes Jamieson performed live online a polytonal/deconstructed piano improvisation. The performance was part of Experimental Sound Studio’s Quarantine Concerts, daily livestream concerts by experimental musicians from across the country. Andrew was “joined” by Kelley Sheehan, Katherine Young, and Sivan Cohen Elias. Andrew’s live polytonal mashup work involves at least two recognizable melodies in two different hands, with independent/clashing tonalities and rhythms.

Kittie Cooper graduates with Program Award

Kittie Cooper graduated from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development on May 22, and received a 2020 Program Award. Kittie was selected by the faculty as Outstanding Student in Special Education (Visual Impairment certificate). Kittie teaches music at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind and has been on Walden’s faculty and staff team since 2014. You can read a Q&A with Kittie. Congratulations, Kittie!

Cara Haxo wins Emerging Women Composers Competition 

Women in the Arts has announced Cara Haxo is the winner of its 2022 Emerging Women Composers Competition. With this award, Cara has been commissioned to create a new piece for orchestra with women’s chorus to be premiered at the 2022 National Women’s Music Festival (NWMF). NWMF Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Nan Washburn said of Cara’s submission: “Not only was her skill and creativity quite evident in the way she set the song texts, but it was also apparent in her delightfully inventive use of rhythms and tight harmonies.” Cara is an alumna of the Young Musicians Program (YMP), and currently serves as a YMP faculty member and Academic Dean.

Sky Macklay awarded Columbia Institute fellowship

Sky Macklay has been awarded a fellowship at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris. The Institute for Ideas and Imagination “[brings] together faculty from across Columbia University with thinkers, poets, artists, and composers from around the world in a year-long dialogue. The Institute aims to encourage connections between the analytic and the creative imagination.” Sky is one of 15 fellows who will be in residence in Paris beginning in January 2021. Sky is a Walden alumna and longtime faculty member, and teaches at Valparaiso University.

Ash Paris-Carter publishes article on vocal soundscapes and choirs 

Ash Paris-Carter recently published an article on tonitruale.com, entitled “Organized in Time: Vocal Soundscapes and Choirs.” tonitruale.com is an online community primarily based on music and fashion. The article includes reflections on specific vocal pieces, and you can read the post here. Ash has attended the Young Musicians Program for six summers.

Amirah Stewart graduates with degrees in Education and Music

Amirah Stewart recently graduated from Hunter College in New York City with two bachelors degrees–one in Education and one in Music. Amirah was a student at the Young Musicians Program for four summers. Congratulations, Amirah!

In Memoriam

Peter Krag

The Walden community is grieving the loss of Peter Krag, who died on May 22, 2020. Peter spent 8 summers at the Young Musicians Program, and his brother Chris also attended YMP for a number of summers. Peter was a gentle, creative, kind soul, and an incredible musician. Plans for a memorial service are in progress. The entire Walden community sends our condolences to Peter’s parents, Jesusa and David, Chris, and all of Peter’s loved ones.

Jerry Maddox

We are saddened by the loss of Jerry Maddox, who passed away in December 2019 at the age of 77. Jerry was an alumnus of the Junior Conservatory Camp and a longtime supporter of Walden. He taught for many years at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and was an accompanist for the Cleveland Singers’ Club. A memorial service was held on March 7, 2020, in Bedford, Ohio. We send our condolences to Jerry’s many friends and family.

We want to hear from you!
What’s been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.


eNews: InterNetzo – April 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear friend,

I hope you will enjoy the April edition of InterNetzo. We have an online benefit concert coming up on Saturday, May 2, featuring violinist Josh Modney. Learn more about how you can attend and support Walden in the Community Events section.

We are accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat; our final application deadline is Friday, May 1. We continue to plan for our summer in New Hampshire, and we are monitoring information from various camp, health, and governmental resources as we discern the best path forward. For more information, please visit this page on our website.

Be sure to check out our "In the Spotlight" section to hear from Rosemarie Greenwald, parent of alumnus Mark Greenwald and longtime Walden supporter.

In this difficult time, I send you my best wishes for health and peace.

Sincerely,
Seth

Community Events

May 2: Josh Modney performs to benefit Walden

The Walden School is hosting an online concert to celebrate and raise funds for Walden's inspiring music programs.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
4 - 5 pm Eastern time
Zoom video call

While there is no charge to be part of this event, contributions to support Walden's award-winning programs are encouraged and may be made online at waldenschool.org/donate or by check mailed to The Walden School, 30 Monterey Blvd., Ste. E, San Francisco, CA 94131.

The event will feature violinist Josh Modney, hailed as a "new-music luminary," "superb violinist" (The New York Times), and "multitasking virtuoso" (The New Yorker). Josh is also a frequent visiting artist at Walden.

The concert will feature works by J. S. Bach, Taylor Brook, and three Walden alumnae: Caroline Mallonee, Darlene Castro Ortiz, and Genevieve Evans.

You can read about Josh and our three featured alumnae composers here. You will also find some recipes we'll be making at home on May 2, and we hope you'll join us. Many thanks to Walden faculty members Katie Balch and Cara Haxo for these delicious and festive recipes.

This event will take place via Zoom video call. Call information and other details will be sent out to attendees before the event.

If you have questions, please write to events@waldenschool.org.

Summer 2020 Programs

Walden 2020

We continue to accept applications for summer 2020, and we have an application deadline coming up on Friday! We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer.

Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18); a 3-week program, from June 27-July 19 is an option for students through 7th grade.

Application materials are available for both programs at waldenschool.org/apply/.

Final application deadline (postmark): May 1 

Please write to us at applicants@waldenschool.org with any questions.

You can read about Walden's response to COVID-19 here.

In the Spotlight

Rosemarie Greenwald

Rosemarie and David Greenwald are parents of alumnus Mark Greenwald, who came to Walden for four summers, beginning in 1975.  Rosemarie and David have been supporting Walden ever since, and we are so grateful for their generosity. We caught up with Rosemarie to hear some of her Walden memories and hopes for the future.

How and when did your relationship with Walden begin?

I attended Peabody Preparatory from 1973 to 1977, the same time my son, Mark, was there, studying classical guitar. Jim Graham, my musicianship teacher, was on Walden's faculty, and suggested that my son go to Walden. So Mark went to Walden at ages 14 to 18. He returned to Walden as a visitor in 1979.

What has been your involvement with Walden since then?

My involvement has mostly been as the parent of a former student. My husband David and I used to go up every year for Festival Week and hear the performances of all the students' works. We also had a reception for Walden in our previous home in the Baltimore area.

Why do you give to Walden?

Mark had such a positive experience at Walden, and we wanted to help give that experience to other children. Mark experienced camaraderie at Walden, and he certainly developed his musical skills. Being an only child, it was important for Mark to share in community, and to learn discipline through music. Being away from home gave him some independence from his parents, and of course, the fresh air and beautiful countryside were great.

How are music and/or creativity part of your life now?

I sang from early childhood and participated in school choirs and musical events.  I'm a trained singer; studied with Ruth Drucker when I matriculated and graduated in January 1983 from Towson University, with a major in Vocal Performance. (My husband is often fond of saying he had two kids in college, at the same time.)  I continued private study with Ruth for years after, and held my final recital in 2014.  I have filled in for cantors; have been a soloist at churches; been a Choir Director; sung at weddings and funerals and was a choir member of my current synagogue.  My husband and I are former New Yorkers, and we have enjoyed Broadway shows; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and we continue to hear other concerts at smaller venues.  David is not an opera fan, so mostly I went alone to operas in Baltimore and at the Met in New York City.  I was also the Administrative Assistant for Arno Drucker's Festival Chamber Players, and it was Arno who introduced me to computers.

What is a non-music hobby you love?

I love to travel, sew and do machine embroidery and make jewelry in a home studio. Before my knee replacement surgery in April 2018, I was doing yoga.  The coronavirus has now curtailed that. I would like to start sewing protective equipment for healthcare workers, as soon as I can.

What is your hope or dream for Walden's future?

I hope Walden continues to bring musical training to young people from all over the world, and that Walden will have solid funding and the resources it needs for the future. My son got excellent training at Walden, and that's instilled in him. He didn't make music his career (neither did I) but it calms our souls.

Community News

Alexander String Quartet virtual Eastern concert
On April 10, the Alexander String Quartet performed Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, with texts prepared by Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The quartet performed the virtual concert from their respective homes, and you can watch the performance on YouTube here. The Alexander String Quartet is a past visiting artist at Walden.

MusicWise Interview with Katie Balch
"MusicWise - Conversations about Arts & Culture with Donato Cabrera" is a weekly Facebook Live series hosted by Donato Cabrera, Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic. On April 28, the series featured Katherine Balch, as Donato interviewed her about her time as Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony, and what's next for her. Katie has been on faculty at the Young Musicians Program.

Nicole Balsirow to attend Columbia-Juilliard

YMP student Nicole Balsirow has been accepted early decision to Columbia University and The Juilliard School. She will begin her studies with the Columbia-Juilliard program this fall, and plans to major in composition. Nicole attended YMP in 2019, and is planning on returning in 2020.

 

Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch perform Beethoven

On April 8, cellist Julia Bruskin and pianist Aaron Wunsch performed Beethoven's variations on the theme Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen ("In men, who feel love") from Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. They streamed the performance live on YouTube, and you can watch it here. The performance was part of MET Orchestra Musicians' series Music.Connects.US, as musicians offer performances from their homes. Julia and Aaron are past visiting artists at Walden.

Helen Feng named 2020 ACF NextNotes winner

The American Composers Forum (ACF) has announced the winners of the 2020 NextNotes High School Music Creator Awards, selected for their skill, originality, potential, and strong creative voices. YMP alumna Helen Feng was one of six winners, selected for her piece, Soaring to the Past: Jin Se, for voice and piano, which was premiered at Walden in 2019. YMP alumni Nicole Balsirow, Krishan Rai, and Marco Roberts all received honorable mentions.

Mark Greenwald named Gertrude Levin Endowed Chair

Mark Greenwald was recently appointed as the inaugural Gertrude Levin Endowed Chair in Addiction and Pain Biology. Supported by a $1.5 million philanthropic gift to Wayne State University (WSU), the endowed chair will help to advance a comprehensive program in addiction and pain biology and therapies for these intertwined conditions. Mark is Professor, Associate Chair for Research, and Director of the Substance Abuse Research Division, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at WSU School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Mark attended the Young Musicians Program for four summers.

New album from PRISM Quartet

On April 17, PRISM Quartet released a new album, Surfaces and Essences, featuring music written for the ensemble by Walden alumna Victoria Cheah, along with Christopher Biggs, Viet Cuong, Emily Koh, and Joseph Sowa. NewMusicBox's Frank J. Oteri writes, "PRISM has now served as a muse for generations of composers, so it is perhaps fitting that, for this latest addition to their extensive discography, the group features a set of new works written for them by five younger composers, only one of whom was born before PRISM came into existence." PRISM is a past visiting artist, and has long partnered with Walden commissioning new works from Walden alumni.

David Saslav and Melissa Smith perform Bach

David Saslav and Melissa Smith streamed a live rendition of Myra Hess' two-piano, four-hand arrangement of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" on Bach's birthday, March 31, from their self-imposed home studio quarantine in Great Falls, Montana. You can check out the Renditions Music Services website or Facebook page for other events and news. David attended YMP for five summers and is a past Walden board member.

New projects from Wet Ink Ensemble

Wet Ink Ensemble has a new album coming out, Glossolalia/Lines on Black, featuring works by Sam Pluta and Alex Mincek. Sam is a longtime Walden faculty member. You can find the album on their bandcamp page. Kate Soper has also started a YouTube series, Unwritten Operas. Wet Ink will have new initiatives for online programming rolling out soon, so keep your eyes out for more Wet Ink news. Wet Ink Ensemble has been a visiting artist at Walden.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.


eNews: InterNetzo – March 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Dear Walden community members,

I hope you will enjoy the March issue of InterNetzo. As there is so much uncertainty in this challenging time, we hope that our monthly communication to the Walden community will help maintain a sense of constancy in our disrupted world. Know, too, that we are still planning for summer and imagining being together again in Dublin, New Hampshire. If you missed my message from Friday, March 20, you can read it here.

We are accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat; our Spring application deadline is April 3 and our final deadline is May 1.

In this edition of InterNetzo, be sure to check out the "In the Spotlight" section to meet Sammi Stone, our new Director of Operations! Check out our Community News section to see some of the ways people are continuing to find creative community, despite physical distancing.

I send you my best wishes for health and peace during this difficult time.

Best wishes,
Seth

Community Events

New York celebration on March 7

On March 7, alumni, family, and friends of Walden gathered for a delightful evening of music and community at Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan. Walden alumna Hilary Kole, accompanied by bassist Paul Gill, performed a number of Hilary's original compositions, as well as some beloved jazz standards. Many thanks to Ian Munro, Walden alumnus and past faculty and staff member, for providing delicious food for the event!

Thank you to our host committee and all of our event donors for their generosity. With everyone's help, we raised more than $7,300. Thank you! Your support helps ensure creative musicians find a home at Walden for generations to come.

Special thanks to Whit Bernard, Ruth Franklin, and Jennifer Weidman for donating prizes for our raffle. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers, Katie Balch and Cara Dibdin for keeping the event running smoothly, Paula Ortiz for photography, and Aliza Simons for her help in the kitchen.

If you or people you know are interested in future Walden events, please write to events@waldenschool.org.

Concert with Face the Music on March 10

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 Laura Cocks and Erica Dicker, members of The Walden School Players, CMR Artist-in-Residence David Friend, and musicians of Face the Music. The featured composers included alumni of both Walden's Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat.

Walden's featured composers:
Jack Bettigole - Rolf A Nu Ed Ad Iv A L (composed during YMP 2018)
Cashel Day-Lewis - The Long Path Down (composed during YMP 2018)
Darlene Castro Ortiz - Three Haiku (composed for CMR 2019)
Julian Hofstetter - Moon Song (composed during YMP 2017)Maggie McGinity - A-OK (composed for CMR 2019)

Upcoming

May 2: Josh Modney performs to benefit Walden

Save the date! On May 2, violinist Josh Modney will perform a concert to benefit Walden, which you can watch via livestream. Look out for details coming soon by email, and we hope you'll join us online on May 2.

Josh Modney is devoted to creative music-making. A "new-music luminary," "superb violinist" (The New York Times), and "multitasking virtuoso" (The New Yorker), hailed for "jaw-dropping technical skill" (Bandcamp Daily), Josh is a frequent visiting artist at Walden.

Summer 2020 Programs

Walden 2020

We continue to accept applications for summer 2020, and our spring application deadline is coming up! We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer.

Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18); a 3-week program, from June 27-July 19 is an option for students through 7th grade.

Application materials are available for both programs at waldenschool.org/apply/.

Spring application deadline (postmark): April 3 
Final application deadline (postmark): May 1 

Please write to us at applicants@waldenschool.org with any questions.

In the Spotlight

Sammi Stone

Meet Sammi Stone, Walden's Director of Operations! Sammi is an alumna of the Creative Musicians Retreat. Sammi grew up in Baker City, Oregon, and played oboe in middle and high school band and a community orchestra. She went to chamber music summer camp growing up, went to undergrad at Williams College, then did a Masters in Composition at the University of California San Diego. Now she is back in Baker City, helping her family with their coffee business. Sammi does all the small batch roasting, except during the summer, when she is looking forward to being at Walden.

How and when did your relationship with Walden begin?

I learned about Walden from one of my professors at Williams, Matthew Gold, who is involved with the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR). I got into percussion in college, and Matt was my teacher. We worked together a lot, and I was also a composition student, so he encouraged me to go to CMR after I graduated from Williams. I had a really nice time at CMR, and really enjoyed the place and the people. I've been too busy in subsequent summers to think about going back, but I had a really wonderful time when I went.

What are music and creativity part of your life now?

My musical practice is pretty much private right now. I write music at home, make oboe reeds, and play the oboe. I teach oboe lessons to some high school students, which is really fun, and I learn a lot from that as well. I have a growing stack of composition sketches by my piano at home and I hope to get those out into the world and performed in the future, and to return to performing music myself. For now, I'm really enjoying being able to have a relaxed and solitary musical existence, after years in school for music.

What is a non-music hobby you love?

I love bird watching. It is really rewarding to me to see a bird and know what it is and know what its life history is like and what to call it. Even if I don't see the bird, it is a worthwhile challenge to hear a bird song and try recognize the caller just by that sound. I also love to go hiking and take walks in nature. And I love to cook.

Could you describe a favorite Walden memory?

One standout memory from CMR was doing a Pauline Oliveros meditation out on the quad on a beautiful day. I don't even remember which meditation, maybe the one with rocks, but the whole moment was just really beautiful. Everyone was joining in with a lot of sincerity, which in combination with the beautiful outdoor environment made for a meaningful memory.

What is something you're looking forward to this summer?

I am excited to meet people - coworkers, CMR participants, and YMP students. I am really looking forward to seeing YMP in action. I have never experienced or been a part of it, and the whole concept is really inspiring to me. I am especially looking forward to hearing compositions written by the students.

New Music Solidarity Fund

New Music USA is collaborating with composers and musicians to establish the New Music Solidarity Fund to help freelance performers with urgent financial needs following cancellations of their work in this initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100 artists, arts leaders, and professors in the field have announced the New Music Solidarity Fund, an initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. At the time of the announcement, more than $130,000 has been pledged, with donations coming first from musicians, composers, and others from the new music community wishing to show their solidarity for those whom they know to be suffering.

The New Music Solidarity Fund will distribute at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants. Any musician who has had a project involving a living composer canceled because of the pandemic is invited to apply. The New Music Solidarity Fund opens to applicants at 12 pm Eastern time on March 31, and will run until April 30. Grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis as funds last.

Community News

Our Community News looks a little different in this edition of InterNetzo, as so much of our community is impacted by cancellations and postponements. As we adjust to reduce the spread of COVID-19, new virtual gatherings are springing up. We are inspired by how community members are continuing to build creative connections, making this a time of physical distancing and social bridging.

Cyrus Chestnut performs concert via livestream.
Walden alumnus Cyrus Chestnut performed a concert online via Facebook live on March 22. If you are on Facebook, you can watch the concert here. Cyrus is a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and educator. Executive Director Seth Brenzel also hosted a "Watch party" in the Walden Facebook group, so keep your eyes out for future watch parties!

Del Sol String Quartet livestream

Charlton Lee and Kathryn Bates of Del Sol String Quartet performed a concert on March 21 via Facebook live. If you are on Facebook, you can see a recording of that concert here. Del Sol String Quartet is a past visiting artist at Walden, and performed on our Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco in February.

Rebekah Griffin Greene livestreams concert

On March 22, Rebekah Griffing Greene offered an all-improvised concert via Facebook live, her first performance on this platform. Rebekah performed number of pieces for bass, as well as bass and vocals, and even took requests. Rebekah is a Walden alumna, and has been on faculty at the Young Musicians Program.

Horszowski Trio performs on 24-hour virtual festival

Jesse Mills (violin) and Reiko Aizawa (piano) of the Horszowski Trio will participate in Music Never Sleeps NYC, a 24-hour virtual festival beginning at 6pm Eastern time on Friday, March 27. You can tune into this 24-hour livestream marathon on Facebook or YouTube. You can find the list of performers here--you may see some more familiar names! Reiko and Jesse are past visiting artists at Walden.

ICE hosts Pauline Oliveros' Tuning Meditation

On March 28 at 5 pm Eastern, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will host Pauline Oliveros' Tuning Meditation, led by Claire Chase and IONE. This will be a world-wide musical exchange, and you can sing along live from your computer, no music experience necessary. Pauline Oliveros was a visiting artist at Walden, and served on Walden's Advisory Council. ICE is a frequent visiting artist at Walden.

Hilary Kole composer-judge for Young Jazz Composers Competition

Walden alumna Hilary Kole served as one of three composer-judges for The ASCAP Foundation 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Competition. Winners were announced on February 26, 2020. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 17 to 29 and are selected through a juried national competition. Hilary is a jazz vocalist and composer, and attended the Young Musicians Program for five summers.

Nate May performs improvised piano concert

Nate May performed a concert of improvised piano music on March 18 at 9 pm Eastern. Intending to calm the nerves of anyone who tuned in, Nate streamed the concert live via Facebook. Nate has served on faculty at the Young Musicians Program for the past three summers. Nate is a composer, performer, and educator whose interest in human ecosystems has impelled explorations of a wide variety of sounds and interactions.

Henry Samuels performs Bach

On March 23, Henry Samuels performed Bach via Facebook live. If you're on Facebook, you can see the recording here. Henry is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio, and also adapts violin and cello repertoire for double bass players. He is an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat.

 Steinberg Duo Online Concert Series

The Steinberg Duo, as part of their project Ashuelot Concerts, has launched a series of online lecture-concerts called Classically Curious? You can tune in on YouTube every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm Eastern time, and find the series schedule here. Each evening begins with a performance, then a talk about of the story of the composer and what makes the music so special. At the end, there is a repeat performance, allowing a new listening experience. Q&As will be available on their YouTube channel at the end of each event. The Keene-based Steinberg Duo was a visiting artist at Walden in 2019.

Drew Thams and The Liquorsmiths Virtual Concert

On March 25, Drew Thams performed a virtual concert with his band The Liquorsmiths. They streamed the concert live on both Facebook and YouTube. The Liquorsmiths (formerly Second Tuesdays) are a folk rock group born from a collision of contrasting ideas, styles and musicality. Vocalist/guitarist Drew is a past member of Walden's administrative team.

Tamsin and Freya Waley-Cohen launch Living Room Live

In light of current events, Tamsin and Freya Waley-Cohen are collaborating with George Fu and Daniel Ross to launch Living Room Live, a collaborative platform for world class musicians to share their music from their living rooms around the world. As musicians and audiences find their normal concert schedules fully cancelled, they hope that this will be a way to share the joy of live music-making for all involved! The first concert of the series was on March 26, and you can see upcoming concerts on their website or Facebook page. Freya is a YMP alumna, and her sister Tamsin has been a visiting artist at Walden.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.


eNews: InterNetzo – February 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Greetings!

I'm glad to share with you this special February Leap Day edition of InterNetzo. We had a fantastic Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco, and we are looking forward to delightful events in New York in March and DC in May. We are accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat; our Spring application deadline is April 3!

We caught up with Walden alumnus and past faculty and staff member Ian Munro--read all about it in our "In the Spotlight" section. Check out our Community News section to learn about your fellow readers and the goings on in their lives and careers throughout the year. I hope to see you at a Walden event soon, and until then, happy reading.

Best wishes,
Seth

Community Events

Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco

CMR alumna Samara Rice discusses her piece, Microscopics, with Nat Stookey.

We had a fantastic Composers Forum in San Francisco on February 22, featuring works 10 wonderful Walden alumni, performed by the brilliant Del Sol String Quartet.

After each piece, the composer took the stage to answer questions from moderator Nathaniel Stookey, a past visiting artist at Walden, as well as audience members.

Del Sol String Quartet performs an excerpt of CMR alumnus Nathan Nokes' piece, Alone Together.

Our featured composers:

YMP alumnus Joaquin Feliciano performs his piece, Ninja Lullaby.

Bob Bassett
Brett Eastman
Joaquin Feliciano
Evan Ghislin
John Ivers
Lukáš Janata
Emil Margolis
Nathan Nokes
Samara Rice
Sarah Rose Stiles

Center for New Music co-presented the event, and special thanks to Brett Eastman for recording all the pieces.

Walden in Los Angeles

The Walden School had a delightful community gathering in the Arts District of Los Angeles on February 26.

It was great to catch up with Walden alumni from multiple programs and many different years, as well as past faculty, staff, and friends. We are looking forward to more Walden gatherings in LA!

Upcoming

New York celebration on March 7

The Walden School is having a celebration and fundraiser in Manhattan on March 7! We are so looking forward to part of a delightful evening of music, creativity, and conversation with our wonderful community of friends and supporters. Walden alumna Hilary Kole will be performing some of her own original compositions at the piano and singing some jazz standards as well. She'll have a wonderful bassist with her, collaborating in making inspiring music for us (performance starts at approximately 5:45 pm). Ian Munro, Walden alumnus and faculty member, is preparing delicious bites for our event.

While there is no charge for the event, we are asking for donations to support our student scholarship programs and artist residencies. If you would like to RSVP or find out more about the event, write to events@waldenschool.org.

Concert with Face the Music on March 10

We're thrilled to collaborate with Face the Music to present a concert showcasing both programs' young composers!

Original music by students of The Walden School and Face the Music

March 10, 2020 at 7 pm

Merkin Hall Upper Lobby
Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

This event is free and open to the public!

While there are no tickets and no requirement to RSVP, we'd love to know if you are planning to attend. Please write to us at events@waldenschool.org.

This exciting concert will feature Laura Cocks and Erica Dicker, members of The Walden School Players, CMR Artist-in-Residence David Friend, and musicians of Face the Music. Repertoire includes compositions by alumni of both the Young Musicians Program and the Creative Musicians Retreat. Featured composers to be announced soon!

Summer 2020 Programs

Walden 2020

Applications for summer 2020 are pouring in, and our spring application deadline is coming up! We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer.

Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18)

Application materials are available for both programs at waldenschool.org/apply/.

Spring application deadline (postmark): April 3 

Please write to us at applicants@waldenschool.org with any questions.

Hiring for Summer 2020 positions

Walden is hiring for our flagship summer 2020 Young Musicians Program.

Apply to join our incredible team of musical youth-serving professionals. Please spread the word with your colleagues and friends.

Open positions for summer 2020:

Young Musicians Program Faculty
Young Musicians Program Staff

Read full job descriptions and learn how to apply here. Positions open until filled.

In the Spotlight

Ian Munro

Ian Munro attended Walden's Teacher Training Institute for three summers, and served several years on the faculty of both YMP and CMR, as well as on staff. Ian is one of the wonderful donors whose support makes our program possible. He also gives to Walden by offering his time and care in making beautiful food for Walden events, including our upcoming celebration on March 7.

How and when did your relationship with Walden begin?

In 2008, I was studying with Andrea Clearfield, who has previously been a Composer-in-Residence at Walden. She had heard Walden was looking for participants in the Teacher Training Institute, so she mentioned it to me. Oddly enough, that same week I had gotten a postcard for TTI, maybe by way of the American Composers Forum. It seemed interesting, and I'd never heard of it before. At the time, I was in college and I wasn't really thinking of being a teacher, but both of these recommendations in the same week struck me, so I applied to TTI. I got really hooked on the approach to musicianship and creativity in music at Walden, so I did three levels of TTI. I joined the faculty as soon as I could when I graduated in 2010.

What has been your relationship with Walden since then?

I was on the faculty for four and half years, which was really great. I taught composition, musicianship, computer musicianship, and some jazz. I taught at the Creative Musicians Retreat for one year, and it was really fun to work with adults on similar material. I really enjoyed that. The half year I mentioned was when I was working fulltime in New York for Face the Music, and Walden partnered with Face the Music to create the Monadnock Institute. We brought 8-10 students to do a two-week, performance-focused version of Walden. Since then, I've tried to stay involved. I go to Walden events in New York and I'm a donor, but now that I work full time not in a school setting, I don't have summers free to work at Walden anymore.

Could you describe a favorite Walden memory?

There's a lot of them. But one in particular was in 2012, which was sort of the John Cage centennial, marking 100 years since his birth. Matt Gold was a visiting artist at YMP with the Walden School Players, and he put together a massive John Cage celebration. It was a Wednesday night, and there were performances all over the quad--inside, outside, choral works, solo pieces, number works--music all over the place. It was a happening. The YMP students, all these middle and high school kids, were performing and participating and spectating. I thought, "This is the weirdest stuff I've ever seen, and everyone is so into it. It's amazing."

How are music and creativity a part of your life now?

I play piano. But more than that, creativity is something that Walden really drives home--weaving creativity through everything we do. I've had periods when I don't play as much music, but I express creativity in other ways, such as spending a lot of time in the kitchen, trying a new recipe every night. I've gotten really into computer musicianship, working more with web audio, not as much composition, but creating interactive web apps and instruments and interactions. There's a lot of really cool stuff happening in that realm.

Why do you give to Walden?

I think Walden is a community that has given me a lot, and I believe in giving back. I got a lot from Walden in terms of approach to music, approach to life, seeing transformation happen in kids' lives over the course of the summer. It's really important to me that there are places like that in the world, so I give to Walden.

What is a non-musical hobby you love?

I'll skip cooking, because I already talked about it. I love woodworking. I feel like it's similar to music and composition in some ways. There's a lot of planning that goes into it, but the fun part is that you still get to a place where you have a physical connection to the art and craft that's happening. The actions you take are manifested in what's created. It's a good balance to music and cooking.

Community News

American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced its 2020 Music Award winners! YMP faculty member Nate May has been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship. Past visiting artist Pamela Z received the Walter Hinrichsen Award in Music, given for the publication of a work by a gifted composer.

Andrew Barnes Jamieson and Darnell Ishmel tour 
For the past three years, Andrew Barnes Jamieson and Darnell Ishmel have been collaborating on "radical musical (re)imaginings, somewhere between classical, liturgical, gospel and activism." They were in the Bay Area in late February for a series of performances at Pacific School of Religions in Berkeley, Music at the Royale in Oakland, and Island United Church. On March 1, they will perform at All Ears Interfaith Sangha, a group based on the work of Pauline Oliveros, who was a visiting artist at Walden and a member of our advisory council. Andrew is an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program.

Katie Condon wins Eric Stokes Song Contest
CMR alumna Katie Condon is one of four winners of Zeitgeist's 25th Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest. Named in memory of late composer Eric Stokes, the contest is designed to encourage and celebrate amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. Katie's winning composition, Insomnia, will be performed by Zeitgeist at their annual Playing it Close to Home concert, March 6-8 at Studio Z. Interviewed by Studio Z, Katie explains, "A little while back, I attended the Walden Creative Musicians Retreat in New Hampshire in order to get some time away to prepare for a film score improvisation. I ended up starting to put pencil to paper a bit, and that's the origin of this piece (Insomnia)."

Kim Diehnelt starts with Me2/Burlington

CMR alumna Kim Diehnelt is starting a new position as the Conductor of the Me2/Burlington Orchestra. Me2/ is the world's only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them. Me2/Burlington, the flagship ensemble, is a non-auditioned orchestra that rehearses weekly and performs 3-4 times annually in traditional concert venues, inside correctional and rehabilitation facilities, and for mental health events. As she settles into Vermont, the University of Vermont Orchestra will perform Kim's orchestral work, Striadica: A Symphonic Passage, on April 4.

Mary Fineman premiere in Berkeley

On February 7, Mary Fineman debuted debuted a new piano piece at Grace Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California. The piece was part of a free concert with Piano Composers, a collective of composers, improvisers, and arrangers that is part of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society. The concert featured many new works, including the premiere of Mary's piece. Originally from Baltimore, Mary is an alumna of the Junior Conservatory Camp.

Yiseul LeMieux premiere featuring David Friend

CMR alumna Yiseul LeMieux's piece, Lullaby, premiered on February 9 as part of the faculty concert series at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. CMR artist-in-residence David Friend (an adjunct faculty member at Concordia College) performed on the premiere, along with Sheri Hammerstrom and Marija Illic. The premiere was coordinated with a photo exhibit.

Chris Maikish starts at Inner-City Arts

Chris Maikish has started a new job as Senior Manager of Communications with Inner-City Arts. Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists, Inner-City Arts' students are immersed in a safe and supportive environment where they may engage in a variety of visual and performing art forms in a studio setting. Chris worked for The Walden School for a number of years, handling all our design projects.

 

Ted Moore and Katie Balch engaged

Walden alumnus Ted Moore and Katie Balch are engaged! They met while they were both serving on the faculty at the Young Musicians Program. Congratulations!

Ash Paris-Carter wins Penn State Young Composers Contest

Ash Paris-Carter won the Penn State 2019 Young Composers Contest with their piece, an unlit place, for solo soprano and piano accompaniment. The Penn State 2019 Young Composers Contest was announced in August 2019 and received over 70 submissions from 18 U.S. states and 13 countries. Ash's piece will be considered for programming on the Penn State New Music Concert in April 2020. Ash has attended the Young Musicians Program for the past six summers.

Lance Reddick/The Wire at ABFF Honors

The Wire received the Classic Television Award at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors on February 23. ABFF Honors is an annual awards season gala dedicated to saluting excellence in the motion picture and television industry, which this year paid tribute to HBO's critically acclaimed television series, The Wire. Cast and crew gathered for a celebration and special presentation of this year's "Classic Television Award." YMP alumnus and past YMP faculty member Lance Reddick was a member of the cast of The Wire. 

Karalyn Schubring performs the music of David Lang  

On Friday, February 21, Karalyn Schubring performed with the Contemporary Directions Ensemble at the University of Michigan, presenting an evening of the music of composer David Lang. The concert was the final event of his William Bolcom Guest Residency. Karalyn is an alumna of the Young Musicians Program, and currently earning her Bachelors in Music Composition from the University of Michigan.

Noah Stein wins Emerging Composer Competition

Noah Stein's piece, Forest - A Rotation of the Earth, won first place in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York's Emerging Composers Competition. The piece will premiere on May 3, performed by the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra, in which Noah plays violin. It may also be programmed on the upcoming season of one of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras. Noah attended the Young Musicians Program in 2018 and 2019.

Jonathan Thomas at Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Jonathan Thomas, former Development Manager at Walden, started on a new position on February 3 as Senior Manager of Individual Giving at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Located in the heart of Kansas City's Crossroads community, Lyric Opera creates transformational opera experiences through their performances and through their outreach and education initiatives.

Austin Wulliman premieres with Conrad Tao

Violinist Austin Wulliman had his first performance with pianist Conrad Tao on February 25 at Columbia University's Miller Theater. The concert featured two world premieres of Austin's works: Insurgentes Sur for violin and piano and Frame for solo violin. Austin is a member of JACK Quartet, and has been in residence at Walden with Spektral Quartet and Ensemble Dal Niente, and has also performed at Walden events outside the summer.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.


eNews: InterNetzo – January 2020

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Greetings!

I'm glad to share with you the first InterNetzo of 2020. We started the year with an amazing Alumni Composers Forum in New York, and we are looking forward to another in San Francisco on February 22. It is application season for the Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat--our next application deadline is February 21.

We caught up with Junior Conservatory Camp alumnus Larry Wetzler--read all about it in our "In the Spotlight" section. Walden holiday party season has come to a close, and we are looking forward to more exciting events this spring. Check out our Community News section to learn about your fellow readers and the goings on in their lives and careers throughout the year. I hope to see you at a Walden event soon, and until then, happy reading.

Best wishes,
Seth

Community Events

Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco

Join us for an Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco! Del Sol String Quartet will be performing pieces written by our amazing alumni, all of whom will be present to discuss their works. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

CMR alumnus Edward Shilts and Mivos Quartet's TJ Borden discuss Edward's piece for solo cello at our NY Composers Forum on January 19.

Featuring Del Sol String Quartet
Moderated by past visiting artist Nathaniel Stookey

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
455 Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
4-6 pm

While there are no tickets and no requirement to RSVP, we'd love to know if you are planning to attend. Simply write to us at alumni@waldenschool.org with your plans and question you might have.

We hope you'll join us for this inspiring afternoon of music-making.

We had a fantastic Composers Forum in New York on January 19, with 13 wonderful alumni of the Young Musicians Program and Creative Musicians Retreat. Mivos Quartet 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.

2019 YMP student Julian performs alongside Mivos Quartet on the world premiere of his piece, The Hedgehog's Dilemma.

Walden at Chamber Music America 

Lots of familiar Walden faces at Chamber Music America's 2020 National Conference: Music, Equity, and our Future, January 16-19. Executive Director Seth Brenzel was joined by faculty members Doug Hertz, D. J. Sparr, Kittie Cooper, and Loretta Notareschi. Loretta and Kittie both spoke at the session "Music and Healing: Understanding Cognitive Difference Through Music."

George Lewis, 2019 Composer-in-Residence at the Creative Musicians Retreat, was the keynote speaker. Past visiting artist Joan Tower was honored with the 2020 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, and still found time to moderate a Walden Composers Forum alongside Loretta.

Walden Holiday Parties

Many thanks to all our holiday party hosts! We had wonderful holiday potlucks in Boston, Chicago, McLean, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Summer 2020 Programs

Apply to be part of Walden 2020!

Applications for summer 2020 are pouring in, and our winter application deadline is coming up! We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer.

Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18)

Application materials are available for both programs at waldenschool.org/apply/.

Application deadlines (postmark):

February 21 (winter)
April 3 (spring)

Please write to us at applicants@waldenschool.org with any questions.

Hiring for Summer 2020 positions

Walden is hiring for our flagship summer 2020 Young Musicians Program.

Apply to join our incredible team of musical youth-serving professionals. Please spread the word with your colleagues and friends.

Open positions for summer 2020:

Director of Operations
Young Musicians Program Faculty
Young Musicians Program Staff

Read full job descriptions and learn how to apply here.

In the Spotlight

Larry Wetzler 

Dr. Larry Wetzler is an alumnus of the Junior Conservatory Camp (JCC), the predecessor program to The Walden School. The JCC was founded in 1952 by Grace Newsom Cushman.

How did your relationship with the Junior Conservatory Camp and Walden begin?

Around the age of 10 or 11, I started taking musicianship classes with Shari Fleming. A few years later, I worked with Mrs. Cushman in her musicianship and theory classes. She would have ongoing potluck dinners at her home on Mt. Vernon Square, just across the street from Peabody. We would all gather for a great meal and some music. When I first attended the Junior Conservatory Camp with Mrs. Cushman in Lyndonville, Vermont, I was about 16 and already felt very much part of the community. I was taking piano lessons with Reynaldo Reyes at the time, and he was also on faculty at the camp.

Could you describe a favorite memory from JCC?

I have so many wonderful memories, but a few favorites. I loved studying Bach. We were analyzing Bach chorales in Mrs. Cushman's class at Peabody, and at the JCC, we studied one of the Brandenburg Concertos. Reynaldo Reyes performed Bach's Italian Concerto, and we would sing one of the Bach fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier.

I'll always recall Reynaldo Reyes, Zoltan Szabo, and others performing the Ravel and Debussy Quartets. Watching Linda Wilder perform a Martha Graham-inspired modern dance took my breath away.

What is a non-music hobby or activity you love?

For the past 25 years, I have been studying the work of Jacques Lacan, a French psychoanalyst. I attend an ongoing weekly Lacanian psychoanalytic seminar in Manhattan. I find his work fascinating and incorporate much of it into my own psychotherapy practice.

You support Walden in a very special way, by performing piano recitals and asking that attendees donate to Walden, rather than buying a ticket. How did this idea come about?

It came about through my belief in the power of great music to move us into a sacred dimension, transcending our ordinary lives. I want to encourage the Walden project, and enable young musicians to experience some of what I experienced in those early years.

How is creativity part of your life now?

I have written on the interface of music and psychoanalysis. Some of my work appears in the book Music and Psyche: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations.

What advice would you give to would-be Walden students of today as they embark on their summer at Walden?

Be open to the miracle of music and the ways in which it taps into the heartfelt regions of existence beyond words.

Community News

Ben Adler to attend University of Chicago

YMP alumnus Ben Adler will be starting college this fall at the University of Chicago. Congratulations, Ben!

Katie Balch premiere at California Symphony 
This March, the California Symphony will premiere Katherine Balch's new song cycle, Illuminations. Illuminations is written for three voices and orchestra, and is based on Les Illuminations by French poet Rimbaud. The world premiere performance will feature the California Symphony led by Donato Cabrera, and soloists Alexandra Smither, Molly Netter, and Kelly Guerra. Performances will be March 14 and 15 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. Katie is a past faculty member at YMP.

Nick Benavides opera comes to life

CMR alumnus Nicolas Benavides is working on a full-length opera, Gilberto, based on the life of his grandfather. West Edge Opera's Snapshot will present Act 1, Scene 1 of Gilberto on January 31 and February 1 in San Francisco and Berkeley, respectively. Libretto by Marella Martin Koch. With Earplay joining WEO music director Jonathan Khuner, this opera jumps between the world of war and the world of mambo and rumba, and is set in the historic Sweet's Ballroom (which still exists today in Oakland). To learn more about Gilberto, you can listen to an interview with Nick on San Francisco Classical Voice.

Del Sol performs Du Yun Concert 

On February 1, Del Sol String Quartet will perform Du Yun's Tattooed in Snow at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Tattooed in Snow "explores the temporary and fragile crystallization in nature and in space. The four players of the quartet form the four pillars of a musical space, and as a chant begins to move among theme, it layers, repeats and takes shape in the manner of a sculpture in sand or snow." Find concert details here. Del Sol is a past visiting artist at Walden, and will be performing at our Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco on February 22.

Stacy Garrop's Terra Nostra in Chicago

On February 9, Stacy Garrop's oratorio about planet Earth, Terra Nostra, will be performed at Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston, Illinois. The performance will feature Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Children's Choir, and conductor Stephen Alltop. This is a free concert. Stacy is an alumna of the Young Musicians Program, and a former YMP faculty member.

Lucy McKnight wins ICEBERG New Music's Call for Scores 

ICEBERG New Music's 2019-2020 Call for Scores received over 220 pieces from 163 composers around the world. For Unheard-of Ensemble, the winning piece was Lucy McKnight's Infested. Unheard-0f features Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), Issei Herr (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano), and will perform Lucy's piece in the upcoming season. Lucy is an alumna of the Young Musicians Program. Nathan Nokes, an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat, received an honorable mention in the Hypercube division for his piece You Also.

Josh Modney Carnegie Hall solo debut

On January 28, Josh Modney made his Carnegie Hall solo debut, performing Jörg Widmann's Etude No. 2 for Solo Violin. The performance was part of a portrait concert of Widmann's music, alongside colleagues in the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Josh is a frequent Walden visiting artist, most recently at the Young Musicians Program in 2019 with ICE.

 

Ben Richardson heads to curling championship

CMR alumnus Ben Richardson will be headed to the World Junior Curling Championship in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in February. Ben is a member of Team Violette, which won the Junior National Championship on January 19. Go Ben!

Freya Waley-Cohen premieres in January

On January 21, Britten Sinfonia performed the world premiere of YMP Freya Waley-Cohen's Spell Book, featuring the principals of the Britten Sinfonia and mezzo-soprano Katie Bray. Spell Book is a song cycle written for Britten Sinfonia, and is a setting of spell-poems from poet Rebecca Tamás' 2019 book WITCH. The concert also featured Frey's arrangement of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder for mezzo-soprano and chamber. Later that same day, the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by Oliver Zeffman gave the UK premiere of Freya's chamber orchestra work Changeling. The work was commissioned and performed by the LA Phil and John Adams in 2019.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Friends of the Albion Quartet 

Tamsin Waley-Cohen is a violinist in the UK-based Albion Quartet, which is launching a new project: Friends of the Albion Quartet. The project will extend and continue Albion Quartet's work with underprivileged schools, SEN and Schools for Autistic Children, bringing music, creativity, and engaging the imagination of children across the country who otherwise would not have access. They will begin workshops next week, in collaboration with the Cavatina Trust. Tamsin is a past visiting artist at Walden, and sister of alumna Freya Waley-Cohen.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.


eNews: InterNetzo – December 2019

Message from Seth Brenzel, Executive Director

Happy holidays from all of us at The Walden School!

The holiday season has arrived, and as the decade draws to a close, we have lots of exciting news. Walden community members have gathered for festive holiday potlucks in two cities, with six remaining. We're starting the new year with Alumni Composers Forums in New York and San Francisco so mark your calendars! We are now accepting applications for the Young Musicians Program and the Creative Musicians Retreat for summer 2020.

Our Walden administrative office is welcoming Elizabeth Susskind--get to know her in our "In the Spotlight" section. Check out our Community News section to learn about your fellow readers and the goings on in their lives and careers throughout the year. I hope to see you at a Walden event soon, and until then, happy reading.

Upcoming Events

Walden Holiday Parties

Walden holiday party season is here! We have had two lovely gatherings in San Francisco and McLean, Virginia, and there are potlucks in six more cities still to come.

Join Walden and JCC alumni, faculty, staff, visiting artists, board members, family, and friends for one (or more!) of our festive holiday gatherings. RSVP to events@waldenschool.org or call (415) 587-8157.
Baltimore: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 4-6 pm
Boston: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12-2 pm
Chicago: Saturday, December 28, 2019, 6-8 pm
New York: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 6-8 pm
Portland: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 4-6 pm
Seattle: Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4-6 pm

These are potluck-style events at private homes. When you RSVP, please let us know what you would like to bring (e.g. savory appetizer, dessert, beverages, other item to share) and we will send you the address.

Walden community members gather in San Francisco at the home of Lukáš Janata, an alumnus of the Creative Musicians Retreat.

 

The Raman family hosts a festive potluck for the Walden community in Washington, DC/Northern Virginia.

Alumni Composers Forums

We hope to see you at one or both of our Alumni Composers Forums! These events are free and open to the public. Come hear pieces written by our amazing alumni, who will all be present to discuss their works.

New York - Sunday, January 19, 2020
Featuring Mivos Quartet
Moderated by past visiting artist Joan Tower and Walden alumna and faculty member Loretta Notareschi.

Greenwich House
46 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
4-6 pm

San Francisco - Saturday, February 22, 2020
Featuring Del Sol String Quartet
Moderated by past visiting artist Nathaniel Stookey.

Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
4-6 pm

Summer 2020 Programs

Apply to be part of Walden 2020!

We are now accepting applications for summer 2020! We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer.

Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18)

Application materials are available for both programs at waldenschool.org/apply/.

Application deadlines (postmark):

January 3 (early)
February 21 (winter)
April 3 (spring)

Please write to us at applicants@waldenschool.org with any questions.

Job Announcement: Summer Operations Director

The Walden School is seeking a Director of Operations to join our dynamic summer program team in Dublin, New Hampshire. The Director of Operations performs a wide range of functions that keep Walden's summer programs running smoothly and operating efficiently and that complement the curricular and musical components of the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) and the Young Musicians Program (YMP). See the full job announcement here.

Walden Needs Your Support

Is Walden on your list?
If you would like to include Walden directly on your holiday giving list, we gratefully accept donations. Checks payable to The Walden School can be sent to our office, 30 Monterey Blvd., Ste. E, San Francisco, CA 94131, or you can make a gift online at waldenschool.org/donate. Your generous gift of any amount brings more music and community into the world. If you have questions about giving, we are glad to hear from you at (415) 587-8157 or at donors@waldenschool.org.

In the Spotlight

Elizabeth Susskind

Elizabeth is a longtime friend of Walden who has just joined our San Francisco office as Administrative Assistant. Welcome, Elizabeth!

How did you get connected with Walden?

I sing in the Symphony Chorus with Seth, Walden's Executive Director, so I first heard about Walden through conversations with him. Seth's descriptions were very interesting, so I came to a couple events in San Francisco. I think what really appeals to me is that Walden students are not in competition with each other. I think that noncompetitive element is so important, when kids have so much competition in other areas of their life. Kids can fall through the cracks in those settings, but it seems like there are no cracks at Walden. They can just be themselves, and no one is judging them or telling them they're wrong or grading them. It seems like nothing you do at Walden is wrong-it's your way of being creative and expressing yourself. And no matter what you're doing, it's all about communicating, expressing, and listening.

How is music a part of your life?

It's always there--I can't imagine my life without it. I grew up listening to music, I listen to music all the time, and I perform music. I have a degree in Vocal Performance from Trinity College of Music in London, and I also did music theory and music history as part of that. When I came to the US, I sang in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and the Opera Theatre Chorus. When I moved to San Francisco, I joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and I continue to be a member of the symphony chorus. I also sing in a church choir and do a few other performances as a vocalist. As a performer, music connects me to something greater than myself, something universal, and as a listener, music is immensely comforting and soothing. I went with my daughter to a Paul McCartney concert in massive sports stadium, packed with thousands of people all experiencing personal versions of the same thing. And being there with my daughter, who also loves music, was so important. For me, music always brings connection-with history, with other people, and with myself.

What is a non-music hobby you love?

I love playing mahjong. I play every week. Friday is my mahjong day. I also love yoga, and I love walking my dog. I love the ocean, so I live by the ocean and walk by the ocean a lot.

What is something you're looking forward to in the coming year?

I don't make New Year's resolutions, but every year I adopt a theme, one word that I want to permeate the year. For example, balance has been a word I've chosen, as I worked at balancing the different elements of my life. Health is my word for the coming year, encompassing physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I'm so lucky and so blessed, and I think physical things are becoming less and less important to me. Specifically, I'm looking forward to June, when the Symphony Chorus will be singing Mahler 8 and other amazing things to celebrate Michael Tilson Thomas' final season with the SF Symphony. I'm looking forward to being part of Walden, having this new community in my life. I'm looking forward to the continued journey, good health, wonderful friends, and beautiful music.

Community News

Kika honored at ASCAP awards 

YMP student Kika Charles-Pierre was honored at the ASCAP Foundation awards this year in New York. Three YMP alumni were on hand to cheer her on--Executive Director Seth Brenzel, faculty member Doug Hertz, and Giacomo Baldelli,  the teacher who first connected Kika with Walden. Kika also had a piece premiered by Giacomo in New York on December 5th at Arete Venue and Gallery. Congratulations, Kika!

Alex Johnston new director of DiMenna Center
Alex Johnston, a longtime friend and supporter of Walden, has been named director of The Dimenna Center for Classical Music. Alex has previously worked at the NY Philharmonic and National Sawdust. The DiMenna Center is committed to serving the musical community and its Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, and hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children each year for free community events.

Sky Macklay featured by Sheet Music Plus

Walden alumna and longtime faculty member Sky Macklay was interviewed by Sheet Music Plus. The interview, which took place during Sky's residency at Civatella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy, focuses on Sky's process as a composer, and how she collaborates with instrumentalists in bringing new chamber music to the concert stage. Read the full interview here.

Mackenzie Melemed makes Carnegie Hall debut
Pianist Mackenzie Melemed, an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program, made his Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, December 13. Currently studying in the two-year Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax, Melemed holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Holiday performances by Nat Osborn

The Nat Osborn Band collaborated with No. 11 Productions as they presented A Christmas Carol. Nat Osborn Band worked on a portion of the show, and also provided the entertainment at the post-show afterparty on December 16. Nat also performed at Aimee Bayles' Holiday Music Extravaganza at Rockwood Music Hall. Nat is an alumnus of the Young Musicians Program.

We want to hear from you!
What's been going on? If you have a recent or upcoming premiere, publication, award, new job or program, or a celebratory life event, please share the news. Email your news to alumni@waldenschool.org.

Stay in Touch
You can like The Walden School page on Facebook and join The Walden School private group to hear about events and opportunities throughout the year, including upcoming regional alumni Composers Forums and Holiday Parties. You can also find us on InstagramTwitter, and at waldenschool.org.