Gayle Walker, Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Music

Gayle Walker



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Dr. Gayle Walker is in her nineteenth 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 classes in conducting, aural skills, and music history. In 2016 Dr. Walker received Otterbein University’s Exemplary Teaching Award. Dr. Walker is currently Vice President of the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, having served as President 2014-2016. She is also past President of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and a recipient of the OCDA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Walker’s choirs have performed in major venues throughout Europe and China, including Thomaskirche in Leipzig, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, St. Nicholas Church in Prague, and the Beijing Conservatory. In addition, under her direction, 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.


  • D.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1996
  • Teaching Licensure, University of Colorado, 1989
  • M.M., University of Colorado, 1986
  • B.A., Macalester College, 1984

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Choral and orchestral conducting performance
  • Early music history
  • Choral composition


  • Walker, Gayle. “It’s the Muple…No, It’s the People!” Resound, 40 no. 3, 2017.
  • Walker, Gayle. “Lessons from Robert Shaw: Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Notes 1957-1964.” Resound, 40 no. 1, 2016.
  • Gayle Walker. “Into Intonation: Guidelines for Singing in Tune.” TRIAD, Dec. 2016.
  • Gayle Walker. “Let the Leaves Fall, Not the Pitch.” Resound, 39 no. 3, 2015.
  • Gayle Walker. “Your Work Matters!” Resound, 39 no. 3, 2015.
  • Gayle Walker. “Good Vibrations: Vibrato, Science, and the Choral Singer.” The Choral Journal, December, 2016.

Affiliations & Awards

  • American Choral Directors Assoc. Central Division Past President
  • Ohio Choral Directors Association
  • Member of the Ohio Music Education Association
  • Member of the National Association For Music Education
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Otterbein Exemplary Teaching Award
  • OCDA Distinguished Service Award