Kaitlyn Walker > Oboe
Oboist Kaitlyn Walker began her professional training at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers she had the privilege of studying with Jonathan Blumenfeld and completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. After graduating cum laude, she began post-graduate studies at NYU Steinhardt in oboe performance under the guidance of Matt Sullivan and Humbert Lucarelli. While at New York University, Ms. Walker was the recipient of the Wolkoff Memorial Scholarship. Upon graduation, she was appointed adjunct faculty at NYU Steinhardt and is currently employed as the Woodwind Studies Program Assistant for NYU Steinhardt’s Music and Performing Arts Professions. In addition, Ms. Walker holds a position as a Woodwind Specialist in the South Orange-Maplewood public schools district.
Ms. Walker freelances regularly in the greater metro area and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States. She has performed with a variety world-renowned artists including Wynton Marsalis, hip-hop artist Jay-Z, and Piquito de Rivera. She is currently the co-principal of the Eastern Wind Symphony and second oboist at the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Walker has performed extensively in venues including Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, The Count Basie Theater, Symphony Space, The Bowery Ballroom, and the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.
As an active member of the International Double Reed Society, Ms. Walker serves as a consultant for their executive board where she represents the young, upcoming generation of double reed artists. Ms. Walker had the pleasure of being Conference Coordinator for the International Double Reed Society’s 43rdannual conference held at New York University in 2014. She is also an active clinician and has given a series of lectures and masterclasses throughout the tri-state area to both music educators and students. The topics presented focus on arts administration, and woodwind studies in public schools. Ms. Walker has also given her time to serve on a series of panels through the National Association of Music Education, the National Education Association, and the International Double Reed Society.
Her thriving private studio is based out of New Jersey where she teaches the oboe and other woodwind instruments to young, aspiring artists.