The Walden Chamber Music Society was inaugurated in 1981 by pianist Jo Boatright, cellist Marion Davies and Unitarian Minister John Buerhens. The first Subscription Series' concerts included various instruments that kept at its core, piano and strings. The music has always been that of the great chamber music composers, from Bach to Ravel. By 1993 the Walden Piano Quartet formed and became the core ensemble of the Society. Members were Maria Schleuning, violin, first violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Barbara (Hustis) Sudweeks, Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Adkins, Principal Cello of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Jo Boatright, Pianist, who is also co-founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the modern music ensemble, Voices of Change. Previous violinists in the ensemble have included Emanuel Borok, Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and guest violinists David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Scott Yoo, Conductor/Violinist.
The Walden Chamber Music Society is dedicated to presenting classical chamber music performed by professional musicians of world-class talent at an affordable price. Concerts were held in the intimate setting of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas' sanctuary.
In 1996 the Quartet participated in the Sixth Annual International Festival of Music in Costa Rica and received critical praise there. The ensemble has released two CD albums featuring Beethoven's Piano Quartet, Opus 16. Dvorak's Piano Quartet, Opus 87, Brahms Quartet in g minor, and the Brahms Horn Trio with French horn virtuoso Greg Hustis.
From 1993 to 2007, the Walden Piano Quartet was the Ensemble in Residence at the First Unitarian Church and was also sponsored by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA and WRR-FM classical radio.
In the fall of 2003 the ensemble established a series of concerts in Colorado, under the name Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado, in the Arkansas Valley at the Steam Plant Theater in Salida. These events are sponsored by local patrons and music lovers of the region. They have received enthusiastic response from the local communities.
In 2007 the concert series in Dallas ended and the organization is now in Colorado under the name of The Walden Chamber Music Society. From 2003 to 2008 three concerts were presented each winter season. Since 2008-2009 the Walden series expanded to four concerts a year. Professional musicians from Dallas, Denver, Boulder, Buena Vista and other areas make up the roster of the outstanding artists. This series presents chamber music from 18th, 19th and 20th century classical repertoire.