2020 Online Young Musicians Experience

The Walden School Young Musicians Program provides an unparalleled creative summer experience for musically inclined students ages 9 to 18.


Join us for our 2020 Online Young Musicians Experience!

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Dear Walden Students and Families,

I hope that this message finds you well. I write to you today to invite you to register for our 2020 Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME), which we have devised for our students in light of us not being able to gather together for the Young Musicians Program (YMP) in New Hampshire this year.

OYME is a physically-distanced program of online music-making, learning, and activities taking place throughout July 2020, bringing together Walden faculty, staff, students, and visiting artists for classes, concerts, and community gatherings. In line with the core goals of Walden’s in-person Young Musicians Program (YMP), OYME is an opportunity for students to make valuable connections and musical relationships and develop their creative voices with the help of faculty mentors.

The core of the curriculum is the composition course, which includes weekly one-on-one composition lessons and studio classes, in which students compose new solo pieces, workshop these pieces with performers, and share their music in public Composers Forums during Festival Week (July 27-30). The composition course is complemented by offerings in The Walden School musicianship curriculum and special topics classes, with several enrollment options to fit students’ diverse interests and schedules.

Though physically distanced, students have ample opportunity to connect with a larger community of peers, mentors, and friends, through creative extracurricular projects, social gatherings, weekly concerts, and participation in some of Walden’s beloved traditions. All participants benefit from a complete Walden experience: part school, part camp, and part festival, thoughtfully adapted for the unusual circumstance of an online summer experience.

Program Schedule Overview
-Student Orientation: Sunday, July 5
-Program: Mondays-Thursdays July 6-24 (classes, activities, and concert series)
-Festival Week: Monday-Thursday July 27-30 (evening composers forums and daytime rehearsals)
See more details about tuition prices, financial aid and a sample Weekly Student Schedule 

All events, classes, and lessons will be scheduled to take place between 12p-9pm eastern time and will take place over Zoom

There are two tuition prices, depending on the track that you select: $1,900 or $1,500.

To register for Walden’s Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME), simply complete this brief online survey. As someone who has already been admitted to Walden 2020, there are just a few brief questions for you to answer in order to register.

Please me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,


Our Curriculum


Students present their improvisational or compositional works in a concert setting.


Nearly all students compose at least one piece during the course of the summer, and many compose more.


Our organic approach leads students to discover new concepts for themselves.


Choral singing is a core component of our program, which underpins each
student’s musical fluency.


Teaching composers how to manipulate sound on software and use recording technology.


Development of particular skills, exploration of particular topics, and immersion in many genres.