Rod Walker is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies and Activities at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where he conducts the Kansas State Choir, Kansas State Chorale and heads the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. He received a BME from the University of Nebraska; MME from the University of Wichita and has done advanced study at the University of Colorado, University of Iowa, and Indiana University.
As a guest conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator, he has traveled to 31 American states and 13 foreign countries. He has conducted over 400 all-state, university, honor, regional, divisional and other festival choruses. He was guest conductor and lecturer in choral music at University-College, Cardiff, Wales in 1981 and 1983, guest conductor on the 1983 Cardiff Festival of Contemporary Music. He served as adjudicator at the 27th International Choral and Dance Festival in Cork, Ireland in 1980 and at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen,Wales in 1984. In 1990 he was invited to be guest lecturer at the summer convention of the Association of Irish Choirs and in 1994 be a member of the jury of the International Choral Competition of Karditsa, Greece and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In the Fall of 1999 he will conduct the Belgrade Radio Choir in a series of performances.
He was founder and Director of the American Symposium for Choral Music for 9 years and currently serves as Artistic Director of American Performing Artists Abroad. He is founder-director of the Summer Choral Institute for Gifted High School Singers at Kansas State University. Federated Music Clubs of Kansas named him Kansas Educator of the Year for 1989. In 1994 he was awarded the first "Archie Jones" Award for his "leadership, inspiration and service" to the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division. He was also the 1994 recipient of the "Harry Robert Wison Award" from the Kansas Choral Directors Association. He has served as president of the Southwestern Division and the Kansas Chapter of the ACDA.
His Kansas State Choir has performed 9 concert tours on 3 continents. A 1972 concert tour included seven European countries and in 1980 they appeared in the Soviet Union and Poland. They traveled to England, Wales, and Ireland in 1983. In 1985 they presented a highly successful concert tour of Germany and Austria and 1987 they appeared on the St. Moritz Festival while on tour of Switzerland. In 1989 the choir completed their first Australian Tour. Their performances in the Netherlands and Belgium in 1992 were received with high acclaim and the 1994 return tour to Great Britain was designated as one of the choir's "most artistically successful series of concert appearances." In May 1996 they paid a return visit to Austria and Germany.
Walker's choirs have traversed the United States to perform at nine major conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, [two national conventions, seven divisional. one being the dedication convention of the association's national headquarters in Lawton, OK,] Music Educators National Conference (four times), Kansas Music Educators Association (tbirteen times), the Music Teachers National Association (national and divisional) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. They have sung under the direction of Robert Shaw, John Allidis, Aaron Copland, and Roger Wagner and have appeared on BBC London Television, RTE Television Ireland, Radio Poland, and the Austrialian Broadcasting System. For 10 years the choir was featured on CBS Radio's international Cavelcade of Christmas Music" program.
Choral Editions by Rod Walker
Alliance Music Publications, Inc.
Rod Walker Choral Series
Magnificat--- F. Schubert SATB
Adoramus te--- Gasparini SATB
Kyrie------- A. Gabrieli SATB
Gloria--- Leo SSATB
We are the Music Makers --- Joe Markley SATB
Andeleli Oboduo--- Aleksandar Vujic' SATB
Urukumbuzi Song --- Aleksandar Vujic' SATB
Dance --- Aleksandar Vujic' SATB div.
Eli, Eli! ------- Bardos-Walker SATB
In dulci jubilo--- Pearsall-Walker SATB
Three Hungarian Madrigals--- Udvardy -Walker SATB
In Domine Jesu Christe------- Palestrina-Walker SATB
Hey, for the Dancing --- Bardos-Walker SAB
0 Vos Omnes------- Croce-Walker SATB
Come Now, My Dearest Jewel--- Weelkes- Walker SSA
Daydreams--- Balazs-Walker SATB
Strum-a-do-rom-bom--- Bardos-Walker SATB
Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing-- Buxtehude-Walker 2-part
As Sunlight Wakens Flowers--- Schumann-Walker 2-part
Gloria in altissimus--- Saint-Saens SATB
Lawson-Gould Music Co.
Rod Walker Choral Series
O Vos Omnes------- Correa-Walker SATB
Hymn of the Cherubim--- Rachmaninoff-Walker SATB divisi
Gentry Music Co.
Gloria from Mass #3--- J.S. Bach-Walker SATB
Christus Factus ------ G.F. Anerio-Walker SATB
Columbia Pictures Publications
Puer natus in Bethlehem-- S. Scheidt SATB
National Music Publishers
Sanctus--- F.J. Haydn SATB
Roger Dean Publishing Co.
Hear, King of Angels--- J.S. Bach SATB
Mark Foster Music Co.
A-Rovin'--- Arr. Walker, TTBB
Hal Leonard Music Co.
Rod Walker Choral Treasury Series
Ave vera virginitas--- des Pres SATB
O Light Divine --- Archangeisky SATB
Jubilate ------ W.A. Mozart SATB
Fair Phyllis I Saw ---J. Farmer SATB
Hear My Prayer--- Kopylov SATB
Adoramus te----- Palestrina SATB
Gloria In Excelsis--- F.J. Haydn SATB
Kyrie------- W.A. Mozart SATB
Song of Praise--- Tschesnokoff SATB
Praise Ye! --- J.S. Bach SATB
Jesu dulcis memoria--- Victoria SATB
Forever Worthy is the Lamb------ Tchaikovsky SATB
Kyrie--- Lotti SATB
See What Love------ F. Mendelssohn SATB
Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts--- Saint-Saens SATB
Dona Nobis Pacem--- W.A. Mozart SATB
Sanctus--- M.Haydn, SATB
Let Thy Holy Spirit ---P. Tschesnokoff SATB divisi
Sing We the Name of the Lord---J.S. Bach SATB
King of Glory, King of Peace---J.S.Bach SATB
April is in My Mistress' Face---T. Morley SATB
Noel, Nouvelet---Traditional French Carol SATB
Gloria--W.A. Mozart SATB
The Cherubim Song (No. 7)-Bortniansky SATB
University College University Press, Cardiff, Wales
Steal Away --- Arr. Walker, SATB
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel --- Arr. Walker SATB
Go Tell it on the Mountain --- Arr. Walker SATB
Let us Break Bread Together--- Arr. Walker SATB