Originally from El Paso, TX, Walker Beard has been an active performer and music educator in New England since moving to Connecticut in 2009. In addition to his position at SHU, Walker is a founding member of the Nautilus Brass Quintet and has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Nutmeg Symphony, Albano Dance Company, The Silicon Valley Symphony, Silicon Valley Brass Band, Peninsula Cantare, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Blast of Brass Ensemble, El Paso Wind Symphony, and Gilbert and Sulivan Company of El Paso. He has been a member of the faculty brass quintets at both San Jose State University and The University of Connecticut. An advocate of historically informed performance, Walker has also performed Baroque Trumpet with early music ensembles including The California Bach Society, Chora Nova of Berkley California, and the American Bach Soloists Academy Orchestra.
Degrees and Certifications
Currently, Walker is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Connecticut in the applied studio of Dr. Louis Hanzlik. In 2010, he completed the Artist Certificate program at UConn in Baroque Trumpet Performance. Prior to moving to the East Coast, Walker completed a Master of Arts Degree at San Jose State University in Dr. Kathryn Adduci’s trumpet studio, and a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of North Texas under the direction of Professor John Holt.