May 20, 2021 – June 1, 2022

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“Walkers and joggers become composers and conductors, just by following their own paths. In the best, most multidimensional sense of the word, it’s an experience.” — Washington Post

Each experience is unique, depending on where you enter the park, the route you travel, whether you stop and rest or just keep going. You can spend 10 minutes or 10 hours exploring; the possibilities seem infinite… “Soundwalk” gives beloved, familiar places a new dimension and a welcome chance to travel freely within them.”Wall Street Journal

Making its return to the Saratoga Spa State Park is Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, an immersive audio art installation created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and co-commissioned by SPAC. Inspired by the natural setting of SPAC and surrounding nature trails, SOUNDWALK uses a free GPS-driven app that guides listeners along marked paths while illuminating landscapes with original music and sound.

Beginning on May 20 and running for a full year, SOUNDWALK covers four times the walking distance and ten times the audio material as last year’s installation. Visitors will be able to easily socially distance while enjoying the Park’s famous natural springs, lush forests, geysers, waterfalls and more.

Simply download the app on your smartphone, plug in your headphones, and enter the path at your chosen point. Go your own pace and allow the music to inspire you!


SOUNDWALK Map

Soundwalk Map


About Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young female, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since the fall of 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ellen received her BFA from Columbia College, Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities — Los Angeles and New York. Her music is released on Decca Gold.


Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK was co-commissioned by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the New York Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in association with The Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Britt Festival Orchestra.

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is made possible in part by the support of Mindscapes, Wellcome’s international cultural program about mental health.

Ellen Reid Music (ASCAP) Worldwide rights administered by Soundrights Music (ASCAP), a division of Modern Works Music Publishing.

Additional generous support was provided by Dexter and Deborah Senft.