An American concert organist, choirmaster, and CD recording artist, John Walker served as Minister of Music and Organist at Shadyside Presbyterian Church (1992-2004). A former president of the American Guild of Organists, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. He is "widely recognized for his flawless technique and execution as well as his controlled and passionate playing," said Duke University in announcing a John Walker recital at Duke Chapel. Since 2006 he has served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute and George Mason University.
Music critics have praised Dr. Walker's organ concerts, a New York Times reviewer saying, after his recital of American organ music at Riverside Church, "His registrations were colorful and imaginative, his technical command impeccable." A Kansas City Star review of Walker's performance at (RLDS) Auditorium there said, "Anyone harboring notions of organ recitals as dull, churchy affairs obviously hasn't heard John Walker...A high-profile musical personality was never in doubt, and there was virtuosity to burn."
Dr. Walker will display his astounding artistry on the four-manual 106-rank Reuter organ at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.
A Gala Benefit Reception honoring John Walker (advance tickets required) follows at Mansions on Fifth, an elegant Gilded Age hotel, located just a few steps from the church. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while mingling and visiting with John and other VIP guests. Purchase tickets online at www.agohq.org/2019-gala by April 12 to attend ($150 ea., 75% tax deductible). The reception benefits the AGO Endowment Fund, from which annual earnings support educational programs for organists and choral conductors.
Listen to a recent WQED interview with Dr. Walker where he discusses his wide ranging career, his work with Michael Tilson Thomas, Raymond Ocock, Virgil Fox, Leo Sowerby and many others.
Presented in cooperation with Shadyside Presbyterian Church Music in a Great Space.
Shadyside Presbyterian Church
5121 Westminster Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241
arr. Virgil Fox
- The Rising
- The Ecstasy
transc. Maurice Duruflé
Joseph Kneer, violin
Mark Anderson, director