Walden Online Workshops

Walden Online Workshops (WOW!) is 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.

2020-2021 Workshop Series:

In a Sound Place
Wed, January 13, 2021 7:30-9:30pm EST

Matthew Gold

Discover the musical potential in the everyday objects all around us in this exploration of found object percussion.  Using materials collected from our environment, as well as our voices and bodies, we will discover new ways of making music together and new modes of listening.  This workshop will trace a history of found object percussion music and will explore strategies for discovering, creating, and notating new sounds made with ordinary objects through works by John Cage and Pauline Oliveros.  Learn to see the whole world as your instrument and be ready to make some noise(s) as we connect, create, and perform together!

Enrollment is limited to 20 active participants and any number of observers.

Learn more and register here.

Wed, December 2, 2020 7:00-9:00pm EST

Caroline Mallonee 

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 de 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.

Register here.

Please check this page again soon for more 2020-21 WOW announcements.

Introduction to Synthesis in VCV Rack
Sun, November 15, 2020 4:00-6:00pm EST

Alex Christie

Have you ever wondered how synthesizers work or where those cool sounds come from? Have you felt like you could make great synthesizer music if you only knew where to start? Have you looked at the prices of synthesizers and been bummed out at the overwhelming expense? Or maybe you have a grasp on synthesis but want to find some new and fun ways to teach it to your students or friends! Well, if any of these sentiments resonate with you, then you should take this workshop.

In this workshop we will use the computer software VCV Rack (free!) to build our own virtual modular synthesizers that will allow us to explore new and exciting sound worlds. We will learn about the basic components of synthesized sound and how these can be sculpted and arranged to create new music. We will learn the fundamental forms of synthesis and discover their creative potential. This workshop is for those who want a fun introduction to synthesis, want to brush up on their fundamentals, or want to learn some new ways of teaching synthesized music. Let’s demystify synthesis and make a bunch of fun noise together! No experience necessary!

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Register here.