When I think about the defining moments in my music career, one of the most important events that changed the direction of my life was the opportunity to attend graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. Not only did I receive a world class education in music performance, I gained a network of mentors that have remained important throughout my professional career thus far, and they continue to guide me with extremely valuable advice and genuine concern towards my success. I call upon my teacher, Charles Peltz, frequently and he always provides professional and personal insight that continues to keep me focused on producing the highest level of music.
I have been lucky enough to conduct respected orchestral soloists in concert such as Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony), Vincent David (Ensemble Intercontemporain), and Charles Lazarus (Minnesota Orchestra) as well as jazz artists such as Branford Marsalis and Take Six. In the popular music genre I have conducted concerts with Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Colbie Caillat, Phillip Phillips (American Idol winner) and even the rock band "The Fray." No matter the conducting situation in front of me, I always feel like NEC gave me the knowledge and confidence to be prepared for any musical challenge.
Brian Walden completed New England Conservatory's Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting in 2002.
Walden retired in 2015 as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Band and administrative head of music in the Navy. He is now Director of Bands at Marshall University.