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:

Text Score Teatime
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 |  7:30-9:30 pm EST

Presented by Kittie Cooper

In this workshop, we will explore the creative potential in using text to notate music. We will make sounds and words together, and discover means of integrating text scores into your own creative practice and interests. Whether you are an experienced composer/writer/artist, or whether you haven’t done any writing since elementary-school book reports, this workshop is for you! (no experience with music or writing required). Bring a mug of tea or hot chocolate, and come enjoy a peaceful evening (or afternoon, or morning) of sounds, words, and the company of others.

We’ll be looking at works by some of the following composers: Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi, and more.

Please bring the following materials to the workshop: something you enjoy writing with and on, paper (different colors or textures are encouraged), tape, scissors (optional), markers (optional), a cozy beverage and/or snacks (silly little sandwiches encouraged).

Register here.

Implementing Creative Delight
Sunday, February 7, 2021 |  4:00-6:00 pm EST

Presented by Lisa Bielawa, OCME 2020 Composer-in-Residence

Fulfilling our role as creators and artists in our communities during challenging lockdown and social distancing conditions can be daunting. How might we or must we turn our own process on its head in order to fulfill this role? How can we spark the vitality we need to make new work that engages community and participation without access to each other in real space and time?

In this workshop I will share some strategies I’ve used to protect the element of Delight – which leads to creative inspiration – from our current limitations and challenges, after which we will play some creativity games together to send everyone off into a newly energized creative practice. Register here.

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.