Let’s talk musical pedagogy

Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:27AM

Seth Brenzel of The Walden School will be the speaker at the Amos Fortune Forum Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Jaffrey Meetinghouse. In our world of hair-raising headlines and constant communication, young people increasingly need a respite from such day-to-day distractions. Summer camp offers just such a retreat, and one such camp, The Walden School, has been in Dublin since 1983. The program has been providing an opportunity for young musicians from around the world to take part in a creative community where expert teachers mentor students in the craft of musical composition. Seth will discuss Walden’s unique musical pedagogy, explore essential elements of a positive youth development culture, and consider creativity and community as co-equal components of transformative experiences for young people.

Brenzel has been associated with The Walden School for nearly 30 years. He was fortunate to be a student at Walden for six summers (1985-1990), and since 1994, has served Walden as a staff member, faculty member, Director of Operations, and as the Associate Director from 1996 to 2003, when he became the Walden School’s Executive Director. Since 1995, he has sung tenor with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and is currently a professional member of that ensemble. Seth received his B.A., in Music and Political Science, from Swarthmore College, where he served as President of the College’s Alumni Association. He received an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in non-profit management and marketing; he has also served on the Haas School’s Development Council. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership San Francisco, where he has also served as an alumni advisor. Prior to becoming Walden’s first full-time Executive Director, Seth worked part-time for Walden during the year and held positions as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, in marketing and public relations at the San Francisco Symphony, and most recently led both the marketing and the enterprise sales teams for an internet software company, now part of Adobe. When not at Walden, Seth lives in San Francisco with his partner, Malcolm Gaines, and their daughter, Cora.

The Amos Fortune Forum lectures are held in the Meetinghouse located in Historic Jaffrey Center, 2 miles west of downtown Jaffrey. Lectures begin promptly at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

In our next and season final Forum on Aug. 17, Steve Walker will speak about "The Future of Energy and How Our Region Can Lead the Transition to Decentralized Renewable Energy Production."