Composers Forum 2

FREE and Open to the Public

Join us for an evening of new works (improvisations, compositions, works-in-process, group collaborations, etc.) by Walden students from all over the world.

Walden Composers Forum

During Composers Forums, students present their improvisational or compositional works in a concert setting. Works are performed by students, faculty, or visiting artists. Forums are overseen by an independent moderator who leads a discussion of each piece with students, faculty, and the audience. Students receive constructive feedback as a springboard toward further work either on the piece at hand or future pieces. Forums are designed for the beginner as well as the advanced student, and are greatly beneficial to both. The emphasis on creative work at Walden is on process over product, and Forums provide a unique opportunity for musical and personal growth. Moderators are faculty members or recognized composers and performers in the music world outside of Walden. Past forum moderators have included Samuel Adler, Thomas Benjamin, Martin Bresnick, Earle Brown, Andrea Clearfield, Randolph Coleman, James Freeman, Adolphus Hailstork, George Lewis, Eugene O’Brien, Russell Pinkston, Philip Rosenberg, Allan Schindler, Alex Shapiro, Bright Sheng, John Weaver, and Chen Yi, among others.

2014 Young Musicians Program

The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18. Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in Dublin, NH. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors.

-Enrollment limited 50 students, from around the world
19 faculty & staff (all full-time and residential)
-Curriculum focuses on musicianship, improvisation, composition, choral singing, and more
-Concert series, composers forums, artist residencies, weekly hikes, dances and daily recreation activities

The dates for 2014 are Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, August 3. Students ages 9-18 (including high school seniors) are welcome to apply. A shorter, 3-week residency is available for students ages 9-11, if interested. For more information or to ask any questions you might have, write us at

to learn more about the program and to request an application.

2014 Creative Musicians Retreat

The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) offers training and development opportunities for the well-rounded musician (ages 18+).

Faculty to include Caroline Mallonee, Sam Pluta, Loretta K Notareschi, Ian Munro. Staff to include Seth Brenzel, Marguerite Ladd and Sky Macklay.

The Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2014 Creative Musicians Retreat will be Wet Ink Ensemble. And Eve Beglarian will be our Composer-in-Residence.

The program begins with dinner on Saturday, June 14, 2014, and concludes with breakfast on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Some specific program details are still in the planning stages, so please write to us at if you have any particular questions or comments about the program.

For more information, or to sign up to receive an application, visit:

Postmark Deadline for 3rd Round of Applications

The postmark deadline for both the Young Musicians Program and the Creative Musicians Retreat applications is March 10th. Please contact us with any questions!

Postmark Deadline for 2nd Round of Applications

The postmark deadline for both the Young Musicians Program and the Creative Musicians Retreat applications is January 27th. Please contact us with any questions!

Early Application Deadline for 2014 Programs

The first application deadline is approaching, and we look forward to receiving your application for one of The Walden School's 2014 programs.

Young Musicians Program - June 28-August 3, 2014 (5-week camp for creative musicians, ages 9-18 (pre-college))
For more information, write to us at:

Creative Musicians Retreat - June 14-22, 2014 (1-week festival for creative musicians, ages 18+)
For more information, write to us at:

If you are an alumnus/alumna of either the Creative Musicians Retreat or the Young Musicians Program, you will receive an application in the mail no later than December 1.

NOTE: The December 16, 2013, application deadline is a postmark deadline. For Young Musicians Program returning students only, the application is different from ones available online/provided to new applicants and must be received directly from The Walden School office. 

Complete this form to request an application.


The Walden School Young Musicians Program

Located on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, five weeks of musical inspiration and immersion await approximately 50 young, creative musicians this summer.

Walden’s flagship Young Musicians Program (YMP) provides thorough and creative musical training for young musicians ages 9 to 18. The school is deliberately small, and a student to faculty ratio of 4 to 1 ensures that coursework is geared to the individual student, beginner through advanced, and that a creative and supportive musical community is formed and nurtured. During the five-week program, students attend classes in music history, analysis, computer musicianship, jazz and other topics to complement their thorough training in Walden’s core curriculum of musicianship and composition. During weekly composers forums, student improvisations and compositions are performed by faculty, students, and visiting artists and a guest moderator leads discussion about the pieces. The Walden School Concert Series features performances by world-class artists and ensembles that interact closely with students. All students and faculty participate in The Walden School Chorus which meets daily and performs a concert at the end of the session. Dances, swim trips, weekly mountain hikes, and ‘open mic’ nights balance this rigorous musical training and are integral to the Walden experience.

For more information, visit our website:
or write to us at or give us a call at (415) 648-4710.

If you think you know someone who may be interested or might thrive at Walden, feel free to share this invitation with them!

Application deadlines are:
Round 1 - January 18
Round 2 - March 8
Round 3 - April 19

The Walden School Announces 2013 Concert Series

June 17th, 2013

Dal Niente Ensemble
DUBLIN, NH—Every year since 1973, The Walden School has offered free public concerts that have drawn enthusiastic audiences of music lovers to its New England venues. The popular Concert Series returns for 2013 with a five-week season across the Monadnock Region of NH. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The 2013 season offers superb musicians representing diverse genres and musical styles, all presenting ambitious programs with music ranging from the New Orleans jazz, contemporary improvised and electronic music, music of George Crumb, Henry Cowell, Samuel Barber and John Cage, world premieres by Walden faculty members, and contemporary works by George Lewis, David Ludwig, and Caroline Mallonée, among many others.

Audience members can also be the first on the block to hear the composers of tomorrow with performances of world premieres written by participants in The Walden School’s Young Musicians Program, a summer camp and festival like no other that American composer Joan Tower has called “one of America’s greatest hidden treasures.”

“The Walden School is excited to offer exciting musical events for our community in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire,” explains Seth Brenzel, executive director of The Walden School. “This year’s series focuses on the music of living composers and songwriters, and on July 19, we offer a special concert to celebrate 15 years of Walden’s unique electronic music program with a concert of entirely improvised sound. The performers on Walden’s concert series are of the highest caliber, and all of our presentations promise to open audience members’ ears in delightful and inspiring ways.”

The Chicago-based Dal Niente Ensemble will be in residence in New Hampshire from July 8-12. During their residency, the ensemble will present two days of open rehearsals and a concert of newly composed world premieres on July 12.


All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 7:30 pm
Phyllis Chen, pianist and composer, performs a concert of works specializing in music written for and inspired by toy piano. Program to include works by Cage, Crumb, Cowell, Lucier, as well as by Ms. Chen herself.


TUESDAY, JULY 2, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum I
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 7:30 pm
Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses
(Concert presented outdoors on Dublin School Campus, behind the Fountain Arts Building, weather permitting)
The Royal Roses are a New Orleans-based jazz band, led by vocalist and saxophonist Aurora Nealand, a former Young Musicians Program faculty member.

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum II
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by composer, Junior Conservatory Camp alumna and Yale faculty member Joan Panetti.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 4:30-6:00 p.m. AND 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Dal Niente Open Rehearsals for Faculty Commissioning Concert
Listen and observe the performers and composers preparing works for their world premieres later in the week.

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Dal Niente Open Rehearsals for Faculty Commissioning Concert
Listen and observe the performers and composers preparing works for their world premieres later in the week.

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 7:30 pm
Faculty Commissioning Concert
Members of Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble
featuring Walden Teacher Training Institute alumnus Chris Wild, will perform eight world premiere works by Young Musicians Program faculty members Alex ChristieRebekah Griffin GreeneMarguerite LaddSky MacklayEmil MargolisIan MunroOsnat Netzer, and Sam Pluta. 2013 marks the 13th Faculty Commissioning Project that The Walden School has sponsored.

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum III
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Open House(Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School)
Please contact The Walden School for more details.


FRIDAY, JULY 19, 7:30 pm
Celebration of Improvisation and Electronic Music
(Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School)
An evening celebration of improvisation and electronic music, featuring Peter EvansAnne LaBergeSam PlutaAlex Christie, and Ian Munro. This concert celebrates 15 years of Walden’s innovative electronic music curriculum and program.

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum IV
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 7:30 pm
The Walden School Players
Walden’s “house band” of exceptional performers present an electric concert of contemporary music to kick off Festival Week. This year’s Players are Jane Cords O’Hara, cello; Jane Chung, violin; Russell Greenberg, percussion; Tawnya Popoff, viola; Jessi Rosinski, flutes; Christa Van Alstine, clarinets; and Aaron Wunsch, piano. Concert to feature works by composers George Lewis and David Ludwig, among others.

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 7:30 pm
Composer-in-Residence Presentation
George Lewis
Mr. Lewis offers a program of his works and leads a discussion about his music with Young Musicians Program students, faculty, and audience members.

MONDAY, JULY 29, 7:30 pm
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 7:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
The Walden School Players, Ensemble-in-Residence for the Young Musicians Program, perform new work by Program students. Audience discussion will be moderated by Composer-in-Residence George Lewis following each new piece.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 7:30 pm

The Walden School Choral Concert
(Peterborough Town House, Peterborough)
Alysoun Kegel, Director
One of the most popular concerts on our annual summer series, this is a culminating performance by the entire Young Musicians Program community featuring a variety of choral ensembles. Works to be featured include music by Copland, Barber, Mallonée, Tallis, Tavener, Barber, among others.

The Walden School, founded in 1972, is an acclaimed summer music school and festival offering programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. In residence on the beautiful campuses of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire (since 1983), and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, the School provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. The School’s programs include the Young Musicians Program for musicians ages 9 to 18, the Teacher Training Institute for music educators, and the Creative Musicians Retreat for adult musicians. The School’s Concert Series showcases free public performances by renowned artists and ensembles that work closely with program participants. The Walden School was awarded a Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in 2012, a 2011 New Music Educator Award from the American Music Center (now New Music USA) and was a finalist for a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The Walden School is the successor organization to the Junior Conservatory Camp.

Young Musicians Program: Apply Today for Summer Camp June 29-August 4

Applications for the 2013 Young Musicians Program are being accepted. While the 3rd round of applications were due on Friday, April 19, there are still a few places remaining in our 2013 student body. More information can be found at program/ or feel free to contact us in our office using the 'Contact Us' link on our website.

The Walden School Young Musicians Program

The Walden School is currently accepting applications for the 40th-season of its flagship Young Musicians Program, held annually on the campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire.