2020 Creative Musicians Online Experience

A week-long program for composers, improvisers, performers, electronic musicians, choral musicians, and music teachers.

All participants enrolled in the Online Creative Musicians Experience will be invited to take up to two classes in musicianship, contemporary topics and Max-MSP, take two private lessons (one composition & one instrumental), and may attend numerous workshops offered throughout the week.

We are partnering with Lisa Bielawa’s Broadcast from Home initiative, and enrollees will be able to participate in that endeavor as part of the Online Creative Musicians Experience. Composer-participants may have a solo piece workshopped by the performers, receive a recording, and take part in a public Composers Forum at the end of the week.

Our artists-in-residence will be Mivos Quartet, percussionist Matthew Gold, pianist Eric Huebner, and conductor Thomas Colohan. Our composition faculty includes Alex Christie, Renée Favand-See, Caroline Mallonee, Loretta Notareschi, and D. J. Sparr.

All events, classes, and lessons will take place via Zoom between 12pm-8pm Eastern time. The price for Walden’s Online Creative Musicians Experience is $750. Some need-based financial aid is available.

Walden’s Online Creative Musicians Experience is open to all creative musicians (ages 18+) who have completed high school.


Due to COVID-19, Walden will not offer its Dublin campus Creative Musicians Retreat in 2020.

While we can’t be together in New Hampshire, we hope you will join one of our physically distanced offerings.

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Participants can choose one or more focus areas: composer, choral, performance, or pedagogy.


For early to mid-career composers as well as amateur/hobbyist composers.


For those interested in choral conducting, singing, or composition.


For artists who want to play contemporary music and/or improvise.


For all music teachers interested in developing their teaching.

The Creative Musicians Retreat is run by the veteran faculty of Walden’s renowned Young Musicians Program. They are a diverse mix of improvisers, composers, performers, and music scholars.


Visiting Artists reside at Walden for the duration of the Creative Musicians Retreat. They kick off the week with a concert of new music and then work with participants in a stimulating workshop environment.

Participants at the Creative Musicians Retreat are a diverse group of musicians interested in composition, electronic music, choral music, music performance, improvisation and music pedagogy. Amateur and professional musicians of all ages, including undergraduate and graduate students, are welcome to apply.