Patricia Noethe Pierce Distinguished Artist in Residence
John Walker holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He studied piano pedagogy at the New School for Music Study under Frances Clark and Louise Goss.
Dr. Walker is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at SDSU, and Principal Keyboard for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He has presented numerous piano and harpsichord workshops to music teacher associations and is frequently called upon to serve as a piano festival and competition adjudicator. He has composed and recorded piano accompaniments to the Rose 32 Clarinet Etudes and Ferling 48 Studies for Oboe or Saxophone, both sets published by Carl Fischer. His newest publication with Carl Fischer is the "In the Attic" Series of instrumental recital/contest pieces for flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, and violin.
Walker's performances include solo appearances with the South Dakota Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony and Contra Costa Chamber Orchestras in California, and the Shasta and Paradise Symphony Orchestras in northern California. He was a member of the Colorado Festival Orchestra for four years, and has performed solo and chamber music in Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia and throughout the American midwest.
Dr. Walker is a recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Performer Award for 2010-11 and the F. O. Butler Award for Faculty Excellence in Creative Activity in 2004. His piano students include winners of the SDMTA collegiate piano competition, and the MTNA State Young Artist Competition.
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