Dr. Gayle Walker is in her sixteenth year as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, where she is responsible for the organization of five vocal ensembles, conducts Concert Choir and Opus One a cappella/jazz ensemble, and teaches private voice as well as classes in conducting, aural skills, and music history. Dr. Walker is currently the President of the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, and past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and from which she received the Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Dr. Walker’s choirs have performed in major venues throughout Europe and China, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland, Notre Dame in Paris, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, St. Nicholas Church in Prague, and the Beijing Conservatory. In addition, the Otterbein University Concert Choir has performed frequently at conferences of the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association, as well as multiple performances with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Walker has recorded six CDs with Concert Choir.
A native of Iowa, Dr. Walker received her Bachelor of Music degree from Macalester College, a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, and a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She studied choral conducting with Dale Warland, Lynne Whitten, and Lawrence Kaptein, and orchestral conducting with Howard Skinner and David Mackenzie. Additionally, she has studied composition with Libby Larsen.