Faculty & Staff

Dr. John Walker


Adjunct Applied Faculty
  • Organ
  • M.M., American Conservatory of Music in Chicago
  • D.M.A., Stanford University

John Walker is Artist-in-Residence at Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, having served earlier as Minister of Music at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and The Riverside Church in New York City. He is a member of the organ faculty at Peabody Conservatory of Music and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Organ at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, following previous teaching positions at Duquesne University, Manhattan School of Music, San Jose State University, and the American Conservatory of Music.

His active performance schedule has taken him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed three times at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and also at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and other cathedrals and churches in England, France, Holland, Switzerland, and Sweden. On the eve of the millennium, he appeared on nationwide television in Taiwan during a four-hour marathon concert at the National Concert Hall. He has been a featured artist at the National Convention of the Korean Association of Organists, presenting hymn festivals, recitals, and workshops in Seoul. He has appeared frequently with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, even sharing one concert billing there with The Grateful Dead.

Dr. Walker has recorded frequently on the Pro Organo, Gothic, and JAV Recordings labels. Recently in Taiwan he was both conductor and organist for two choral CD recordings in which the choir sang texts in Mandarin and in Taiwanese. Pipedreams, the nationally syndicated program of Minnesota Public Radio, has often broadcast performances by John Walker. In October, 2006, Pipedreams titled its entire weekly program “Walker on the Wild Side.”

As a student of Herbert Nanney, John Walker earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stanford University, where he was also Assistant University Organist. He holds two Master of Music degrees cum laude from American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he was later a member of the faculty. Dr. Walker was the 1984 alumni recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from Westminster College. In 1999 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and to perform in Taiwan. In May 2015, he became the first American organist to teach as a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.

A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, John Walker was elected President of the AGO in 2014, having previously served the Guild in numerous other capacities including several terms as Vice President and Treasurer. He has been Coordinator of regional AGO conventions in Pittsburgh (1999) and Baltimore (2007); Dean of AGO Chapters in New York City and San Jose, CA; and Director of the Task Force which envisioned today’s highly successful Pipe Organ Encounters. He has been recitalist, clinician and service organist at conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Montreat Conference on Worship and Music, the Mo Ranch Conference on Music and Worship, the Richner-Strong Institute for Church Music at Colby College, the Lake Junaluska Conference of the Fellowship of United Methodist Church Musicians, as well as regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists.

Contact Dr. Walker: jw4700@gmail.com