Fundraising Events

We began our year of fundraising events with a celebration in New York City featuring Hilary Kole, jazz vocalist and Walden alumna. With in-person events not possible after that, we had two amazing amazing online performances, featuring violinist Josh Modney on May 2 and flutist Claire Chase on August 1. On September 9, Walden’s second-ever Giving Day was a huge success, sharing video highlights from our summer throughout the day. On May 2, Peter Colohan, Walden alumnus and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, spoke about Walden’s vision and why he gives to Walden:

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New York celebration featuring Hilary Kole

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.

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 FujikuraDu Yun, and past Walden Composer-in-Residence Marcos Balter. A fascinating conversation with Marcos and Claire followed the performance.

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 below 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 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.

We hope you enjoy these selections from Caroline Mallonee’s String Tunes, and Josh Modney performing selections from Bach’s D Minor Partita:

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.

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 $9,000. 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.

As Giving Day wrapped up, we had a call with program directors Seth Brenzel and Carrie Mallonee, as well as faculty, visiting artists, and participants in both online programs, reflecting on this summer. Watch that conversation here: