John Walker

John Walker

Visiting Assistant Professor - Oboe

Before joining the music faculty, John Walker served as principal oboe of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guadalajara, United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador.

Contact Me

(540) 231-0416
johnwalker@vt.edu
242-M Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching Areas: Oboe, Music Theory and Literature
  • Research Areas: Latin American Music

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • M.A., Temple University
  • B.M., Drake University

When do you first remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?

Although I was born into a musical family, listening to Strauss's great tone poem, Also Sprach Zarathustra, was what really inspired me to become a musician.

Who has most influenced you? Why?  

Next to my father, I would have to say the person who most inspired me was my oboe teacher.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of a Fulbright award, Walker spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 in Ecuador, where he researched the role of Italian immigrant musicians to the early history of the Ecuadorian national conservatory

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