Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Therapy Musicianship
Employed Since: 2020
B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., Shenandoah University
Denver Walker received her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance in 2013 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Walker performed and taught in the Richmond area for seven years before beginning her master’s studies in Winchester. In that time she was asked to perform at VCU, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many other local venues in Richmond. While maintaining her performing career she kept a thriving private studio and taught at St. Catherine’s School.
While in Winchester, Walker has diversified her skill set to include not only classical guitar but also performing in pit orchestras for musicals, playing newly composed music with the EDGE Ensemble, and playing lead guitar in the rock band Nancy. In addition to her varied and thriving performance career she began teaching in the music therapy department at Shenandoah University. Her diverse talents as a performer are showcased and used daily with the music therapy department. Walker prides herself on being able to fluently play and teach in many styles on the guitar.
Walker currently teaches privately with the music therapy department and works as an adjunct professor of Clinical Guitar Skills I–V. She is also adjunct professor for Guitar Ensembles and Guitar Consort in the guitar department. Outside of Shenandoah, Walker holds a large private studio and teaches guitar and ukulele ensemble at Powhatan School.
As a researcher, Walker was a Fulbright semi-finalist in 2019. She works with sacred lute tablature from the German Renaissance. She transcribes and arranges this music into staff notation for the guitar. Walker plans to publish an edition of this music upon her Doctor of Musical Arts.
When she is not playing or teaching guitar Walker enjoys running, playing board games and cooking.