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John Walker

John Walker



Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center 125
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


John Walker holds a D.M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the B.M. 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 in 1977-78.

Dr. Walker is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at SDSU, and the first Patricia Pierce Distinguished Artist in Residence. He also holds the position of principal piano, harpsichord and celesta for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He has presented numerous piano 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 Cyrille Rose 32 Etudes for clarinet, Ferling’s 48 Studies for Oboe or Saxophone, published by Carl Fischer. His most recent publication is a six-book series of recital pieces for various instruments entitled "In the Attic" series, also through Carl Fischer.

Walker has been a featured soloist with the South Dakota Symphony and SD Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and the Paradise and Shasta Symphony orchestras in California. His piano students include winners of the SDMTA collegiate piano competition, and the MTNA State Young Artist Competition.


John Walker Vita.pdf


Bachelor of Music - University of California at Santa Barbara; Master of Music - San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Colorado at Boulder

Academic Interests/Expertise

Piano, harpsichord, music theory, piano pedagogy

Academic Responsibilities

Applied Piano, Basic Theory, Piano Pedagogy

Committee Activities

College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council
Brookings Chamber Music Society Board
Piano Proficiency Committee
Music Scholarship Committee

Specialty Area

  • Music, piano, theory, piano pedagogy

Awards and Honors

Patricia Noethe Pierce Distinguished Artist in Residence
F. O. Butler Award for Faculty Excellence in Creativity
College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Performer Award

Professional Memberships

Music Teachers National Association
South Dakota Music Teachers Association

Work Experience

Asst. Prof. of Piano, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Creative Activities

Performing, composing, and arranging



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