Chris Walden

Composer - Arranger - Conductor

Thank you for your payment. We will email you information about address and exact start times of the master class shortly. You will also receive a download link for the learning materials and score samples two weeks before the date of the master class.


The masterclass will be held at Capitol Studios, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood CA 90028 (see map below)

Saturday, Aug 18

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Lecture part 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch break
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Lecture part 2
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner break
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Music preparation for recording session, if needed. (Printer and paper will be provided)

SUNDAY, Aug 19

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Recording session
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch break
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Recording session

What to bring for the recording session

Please bring one big band arrangement you want to record. It should not be longer than 5 min. The parts need to be printed and the pages taped together. Please bring 3 score copies, the score should be printed on double-sided paper andalso be bound or taped. If you need to print your score or parts because of changes you want to make after hearing the lecture on day 1, there will be a printer and paper available on both days. In this case be sure you bring your notation files on a removable drive or your laptop. 


Even though the lecture will be about writing for big band as well as strings, for the recording we'll only have a 17-piece big band. The instrumentation is:

2 Alto Saxes (double on flute), 2 Tenor Saxes (double on clarinet), 1 Baritone Sax (doubles on bass clarinet)
4 Trumpets (double on Flugelhorn), 3 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone
Guitar, Piano, Bass (upright and electric), Drums