Part school, part camp, and part festival, the program convenes each summer for five weeks in the beautiful Monadnock region in Dublin, New Hampshire. Through rigorous and innovative daily instruction, students hone their musical and creative skills within a supportive community of like-minded peers and mentors, with a goal of improvising and composing original works.
Nearly all students compose at least one piece during the course of the summer, and many compose two or three. More than 100 new pieces are composed and improvised at Walden each summer. Every student has to chance to hear their work performed by the resident ensemble, faculty, fellow students, and/or guest artists.
At weekly Composers Forums, the composer, the performers, the audience and a moderator are invited to respond to improvisations and compositions presented in a concert setting. Moderators include guest composers invited to Walden and Walden faculty members.
At Walden, composition interacts with the input of professional performers, peers, and teachers. Students begin to discover and develop their own individual voices and creative ideas. Walden students learn to think independently and to discuss their creative work and their views. This discussion is refined through musical literature of varied genres, with special emphasis on contemporary concert music repertoire.
Learn more about the full schedule here.
TUITION, ROOM AND BOARD WILL BE $8600 IN 2021.
Need-based financial aid is available.
This fee covers all meals, housing, instruction, concerts, coaching, lessons, supervision, laundry and recreation fees. This amount does not include transportation to and from the Walden School.
Prior experience in music composition or improvisation is not necessary, although we do require that students have completed at least 1 year of private instrumental instruction.
We offer a 3-week program for students up through grade 7. Tuition, room, and board for 3-weeks is $5,300. The Walden School does not offer a day-program option; all students must live on-campus in order to participate.
Approximately 35-40% of our student body receives need-based financial aid each summer. In 2019, awards ranged from 13%-88% of tuition, room & board. Walden’s financial aid budget is limited, and we encourage you to apply for financial aid as soon as possible – no later than by the final deadline. You will need your parents’ completed 2019 federal tax return(s) in order to apply.