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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.