The Walden School seeks outstanding, caring, and motivated musicians (composers, performers, improvisers, electronic musicians, scholars, conductors, theorists, etc) to teach at its flagship Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, during the summer of 2021. The Walden School recognizes that creative music-making takes many different forms and welcomes practitioners who share this philosophy and demonstrate it through their work. Faculty members teach three 45-minute classes each day, Monday through Friday, provide additional tutoring and mentoring to young musicians (ages 9-18), participate in the School’s choral program, supervise students in dormitories and during afternoon and weekend recreational activities, and generally provide leadership for varied musical and non-musical activities throughout the day and week. The specific classes and teaching loads are particular to each faculty member and their own teaching experience. The School values creativity and community, and we seek outstanding artist-teachers who can inspire excellence in their students as well as lead effectively in a diverse community setting.
All students sing in chorus and take classes in composition, musicianship, and a special topics course. Special topics courses are designed and directed by the faculty member’s individual area of expertise and/or student demand, and can focus on any form of music-making that they feel inspired to share. Recent examples include: electronic music, conducting, composing for voice, improvisation, jazz history, jazz performance and improvisation, film sound, medieval music, pop music arranging, contemporary performance, electronic music beat-making, and many more. The program culminates in the performance of student compositions by guest artists and members of the community and it is the faculty member’s role and responsibility to facilitate students’ individual approaches to music-making.
Interested candidates should submit the following to Seth Brenzel, Executive Director of The Walden School:
A résumé or CV
A cover letter (up to 2 pages) expressing any or all of the following:
Why you are interested in teaching at Walden and why you would be a good match for this position
How you would contribute to and/or support your students, your colleagues, and the community
A brief explanation of your teaching philosophy
How you would contribute to Walden’s values of inclusiveness, collaboration, respect, and openness to others’ interpretations and ideas including any particular aspects of your training or experience that could help foster a safe and supportive environment for students of diverse backgrounds
Faculty members must be available at least 5 days prior to the start of the session (arrival no later than Monday, June 21) through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (departure). These dates may be subject to change depending on necessary COVID-19 protocols that are still undetermined at this time. Some preparation work is expected in the spring for class and program planning. Compensation is in the form of salary, as well as room (single room, shared bathroom with students & other faculty/staff) & board.
Preference may be given to:
Candidates whose practice demonstrates an ability to communicate the unique aspects of their discipline(s).
Musicians who are not only outstanding teachers, but who also excel in multiple musical disciplines.
Experienced teachers who can expand Walden’s current offerings beyond Western Classical Music and teach unique specialties
Once offered employment, faculty members must become certified in CPR (valid at least through August 3, 2021). Faculty members must also have a valid US driver’s license for the duration of the summer session and are expected to drive 15-passenger vans as part of their summer responsibilities. If you have questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact Seth Brenzel at the email address listed below.
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 gene...rous individual donors. For more information about The Walden School, visit our website at www.waldenschool.org.