Bruce Walker - String Instruments
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bruce Walker, 27, currently serves as director of Orchestral Activities for the Sunnyside School District in Sunnyside, Washington and Assistant Conductor and Conductor of Preparatory Orchestras for the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton, Oregon. He has served as director of Orchestral Activities for Sprague High School and the Judson Middle School Camerata Orchestra in Salem, Oregon, conductor for the Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra, co-conductor of the Ellensburg Campus-Community Orchestra, director of the Central Washington University Music Preparatory Strings Program, and cello/conducting intern for the Marrowstone Music Festival. Mr. Walker has also participated in some of the finest workshops and festivals across the United States such as the Marrowstone Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, the SIUE Conductor’s Guild Workshop, Astoria Music Festival, and the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop.
As a instrumentalist, Mr. Walker remains very active as a solo performer, educator, adjudicator, and orchestral cellist. He has appeared as soloist with the Marrowstone Music Festival Orchestra and the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held principal cello positions with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival Orchestra, Central Washington University Symphony, Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and the Pierre Monteux School Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Walker has won numerous competitions with Trio Giocoso and the DeKalb and Byron String Quartets. Currently, he is principal cellist to the Oregon East Symphony (Pendelton, Oregon), section cellist to the Mid-Columbia Symphony (Richland, Washington) and Walla Walla Symphony (Walla Walla, Washington), and is an on-call musician for the Yakima Symphony (Yakima, Washington).
Mr. Walker holds baccalaureate degrees in Music Education and Cello Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and completed masters degree work in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University. His primary teachers have been Kangho Lee and John Michel (cello) and Dr. Jeffery Meyer, Michael Jinbo, Dr. Nikolas Caoile, and Kenneth Woods (conducting).