Summer 2020 Online Young Musicians Experience

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

2020 Online Young Musicians Experience (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 projectssocial 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.


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

While we can’t be together in New Hampshire, we hope you will apply to our physically distanced offerings.

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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.

Surround yourself with the beauty of Mount Monadnock in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Situated on 365 wooded acres, the Dublin campus is perfect for getting away. Mountain hikes, swimming in Dublin Lake, shopping trips, sports, dances, and open mic nights create a strong community. The Dublin campus comprises 10 buildings, including the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall, arts building and studios, and library. Each summer, the academic buildings become music studios with 20 pianos, two of which are concert grands.


The Walden School fosters a climate of mutual respect so all may take the creative risks necessary for artistic growth. We encourage everyone to listen to and learn from themselves, as well as from one another.

Learning at Walden is grounded in the school’s unique musicianship course, utilizing improvisation and composition for musical growth. Students take courses on theory, composition, literature, computer music, and chorus. By the end of the summer, each student has completed at least one composition. Guest artists, faculty members, and fellow students perform and critique these newly composed works.

Our staff takes an active role in Walden’s community. The faculty lives alongside the students, eats meals together, and participates in school-wide activities. We believe that by participating together, we can create an environment where community develops and creativity flourishes. Our faculty hold degrees from acclaimed institutions, such as the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and more.

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