Dearest Walden Community Members,

This is a tremendously challenging time for all of us. Our routines and near-term plans have been thrown into a state of flux; uncertainty abounds and the imperative to creatively and quickly adapt and improvise is ever-present. Know that I am right there with you. 

Today, I wanted to share with you these resonant words from Walden's vision: 

"The Walden School envisions a world in which people engage with one another creatively, collaboratively, and with respect." 

Our vision inspires me now more than ever, and I hope you will continue to join me in working to bring this vision into reality in our troubled world. 

Walden is closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout, assessing what this may mean for our summer programs. As of now, we are planning on holding our programs in Dublin during summer 2020. 

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible
summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back."--Albert Camus

We will continue to monitor the guidance from the CDC and health department in New Hampshire, and we will work closely with Walden's summer host, the Dublin School, along with our medical staff as we make plans for the summer. The safety and wellbeing of all of our program participants (students, families, artists, faculty, staff, and partners) is our highest priority, and I will keep you informed as we have updates to share. Should you have questions at any time, please feel free to reach out to me; I will do my best to provide you answers. 

In the coming days, I invite you to find time to simply  listen .  Recordings from the last several summers are available to you wherever you have an internet connection and a listening device (streaming online, for free). Take in some of the incredible music that has been composed, performed, and recorded at Walden over the last several years.  Bask in the collective music-making made possible by Walden, and celebrate the incredible creativity of our amazing community of musicians.  May our music be a balm during this difficult time. 

I hold you in my heart, and I wish you and your families and loved ones an abundance of good health and creative community in the days to come. 

Seth Brenzel
Executive Director
(415) 587-8157
2020 Summer Programs
Walden 2020
We continue to accept applications for summer 2020, and our spring application deadline is coming up!  We hope you (and all of the people you know!) will apply to join us at one of our programs this summer. 
Creative Musicians Retreat: June 13-21, 2020 (for musicians ages 18-98)
Young Musicians Program: June 27 - August 2, 2020 (for pre-college musicians, ages 9-18); a 3-week program, from June 27-July 19 is an option for students through 7th grade. 

Application materials are available on our website for both programs at:

Spring application deadline (postmark) April 3
Final application deadline (postmark): May 1

Write to us at [email protected] with any questions.
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About The Walden School
The Walden School,  founded in 1972, is a summer music school, camp, and festival offering programs that emphasize creativity and community, specifically through the study of composition, musicianship, improvisation, and choral singing. In residence on the beautiful campus of the  Dublin School  in Dublin, New Hampshire, Walden provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. 

The Walden School's programs include the  Young Musicians Program  for students ages 9 to 18, and the  Creative Musicians Retreat  for adults. The School's Concert Series showcases free public performances by renowned artists and ensembles that work closely with program participants. 

The Walden School has twice been awarded a Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, has won a New Music Educator Award from the American Music Center (now New Music USA), has been a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and in 2017, was awarded a Ewing Arts Award. The Walden School is the successor organization to the Junior Conservatory Camp. The Walden School is a 501(c)3 organization, supported by major foundations, corporations, and hundreds of generous individual donors. For more information about The Walden School, visit our website at .