The Faculty and Artists-in-Residence of the Creative Musicians Retreat comprise leaders in the fields of composition, electronic music and music education.

Our philosophy is that by participating together in all levels of community life, faculty, artists, and participants can create an environment where creativity flourishes.

Meet the 2021 Creative Musicians Retreat Faculty & Staff


Each summer, an acclaimed contemporary music ensemble joins us at the Creative Musicians Retreat. Since 2016, our Ensemble-in-Residence has been Mivos Quartet.

During the week, the ensemble rehearses and workshops pieces composed by Creative Musician Retreat participants. These works are then performed on a Composers Forum. Members of the Ensemble-in-Residence also provide coaching and lessons to those enrolled at at the Retreat, and they perform a public concert of new music. Additional artists-in-residence join Mivos so that participants can compose pieces for a variety of instruments. In 2020, our artists-in-residence were percussionist Matthew Gold, pianist Eric Huebner, and choral conductor Thomas Colohan.

Our 2021 Composer-In-Residence is Marcos Balter.  He will be on campus all week moderating three Composers Forums, conducting master classes, and giving private composition lessons. He was the composer-in-residence for the Young Musicians Program in 2018, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Walden in this new role.

Past Composers-in-Residence have been Lisa Bielawa, George Lewis, Christopher Theofanidis, Annie Gosfield, Michael Daugherty, Martin Bresnick, Russell Pinkston, James Mobberley, and Eve Beglarian.

Begin your 2021 application today!