SDSU has the largest collection of fine pianos in the state of South Dakota. Larson Memorial Concert Hall houses a Fazioli concert grand piano, hand-made in northern Italy and a 1932 restored Steinway concert grand. Founders Recital Hall features two Steinway grands and each piano studio has a Steinway grand for lessons. All practice rooms have newer Boston or Kawai upright practice pianos and a special locked practice room has a Boston grand, solely for the use of piano students.
About John Walker
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 published by 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.
At SDSU, a Pianist may:
- Take weekly individual lessons with Dr. Walker.
- Pursue the following: Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts - Music Studies Specialization, Bachelor of Arts - Music Entrepreneurship Specialization, Music Minor.
- Compete in the SDSU Civic Symphony Concerto/Aria Competition.
- Compete in state and national level piano competitions.
- Earn extra money accompanying other music students.
- Perform and practice on fine Steinway, Fazioli and Boston pianos.
- Participate in Jazz Ensembles, SDSU Civic Orchestra or Symphonic Band.
For more information including auditions and scholarships, please email Dr. John Walker or call the Music Department at 605-688-5187.