Creative Musicians Retreat
The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) offers training and development opportunities for the well-rounded musician (ages 18+).
Saturday, June 11, 2011 - Sunday, June 19, 2011
At the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR), participants will take classes (including courses in The Walden School Musicianship Course), sing in chorus, write music, and improvise. Participants will be exposed to a variety of Walden musicianship materials, including acoustics, drills with intervals and triads, resolving structures, rhythms, solfege and harmonic analysis. Classes will also include topics in contemporary music, computer music and applied skills (conducting, improvisation and more). Composition lessons and tutorials will also be offered.
The faculty for the Creative Musicians Retreat (CMR) are drawn from veteran faculty of Walden’s renowned Young Musicians Program and Teacher Training Institute. They have all had extensive training through Walden’s Teacher Training Institute and are a diverse mix of improvisers, composers, performers and music scholars. All are acclaimed members of The Walden School faculty. The 2011 CMR faculty include:
Dr. Caroline Mallonée
Dr. Loretta Notareschi
Members of The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will be in residence at the Creative Musicians Retreat. A concert, open to the public, will bring a world-class performance ensemble to CMR and exciting music to participants’ ears. Participants will have the opportunity to write for and work with the ensemble. Everyone will participate in two Composers Forums, where they will have the opportunity to hear brand new music and discuss it with the performers, composers, visiting artists, faculty and Russell Pinkston, the workshop's Composer-in-Residence.
At the Creative Musicians Retreat, participants will have the opportunity for community singing and will train with solfège using Curwen handsigns. Acclaimed choral pedagogue Leo Wanenchak will lead daily choral rehearsals.
The proposed schedule of activities for the week is available by clicking on this link, which will open up a .PDF document. This schedule is subject to change.
The Creative Musicians Retreat will offer something for anyone wanting to invigorate their musical training, participate in a rich and diverse musical community, and to engage in creative music making, through musicianship, composition, improvisation, choral singing, computer musicianship and more. The program is not designed for the brand-new, novice musician, but it is also not designed exclusively for those with extensive training. The faculty and administration intend to offer a program appealing and worthwhile to a range of participants, across a variety of age groups, skill levels, and interests.
Participants will live in single rooms on the beautiful Smith College campus in one of their dormitory buildings. Meals will be taken in the Smith College dining facilities and will feature varied and delicious menus. Participants will have access to athletic and workout facilities, practice rooms in the music building for study, composition and practice, and enjoy the Smith College campus. We hope that all of the participants will join us for a hike on a nearby mountain on the final Saturday, and opportunities will be made available for participants to enjoy Northampton, a quintessential New England town.
The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat offers more than just training. It will reinvigorate its participants on an academic and musical level, as well as invite them into a unique creative community. CMR offers a true experience, an exploration of self, of music – a connection with a vital creative community. Each participant will form meaningful musical and personal connections with others and with his/her own creative self.