An educator, performer, and clinician, oboist Kaitlyn Walker is interim director for the Woodwind and Brass Programs and a member of the oboe faculty at NYU Steinhardt. Additionally, Ms. Walker serves as a Woodwind Specialist at the South Orange-Maplewood Public School District. She also serves on the faculties of the New York Summer Musical Festival and the NYU Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies.
With a passion for blending performing arts administration and musical performance, she is responsible for the academic operations and collaboration of academic and artistic goals of the performance faculty and students. In addition, Ms. Walker produces and manages all undergraduate and graduate student performances for Woodwind and Brass players at NYU Steinhardt.
An active clinician, Ms. Walker has given lectures and masterclasses throughout the Continental United States to music educators and students on a variety of topics including arts administration, performing arts in higher education, oboe performance, and woodwind studies in public schools. She hosted numerous clinics and has served on a series of panels through the National Association of Music Education, the National Education Association, NYU, the International Double Reed Society, and Rutgers University.
Ms. Walker has performed with a variety of world-renowned artists including Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D'Rivera, Allen Vizzutti, and hip-hop artist Jay-Z. Currently holding the position of Principal Oboist with the Eastern Wind Symphony, Ms. Walker has recently performed with the ensemble at the internationally acclaimed Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. As a soloist, she has most recently performed the Weber Oboe Concertino at Montclair State University. Ms. Walker has also performed with the Adelphi Orchestra, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Society of St. Cecilia, One World Symphony, and World Peace Orchestra. Moreover, she has performed extensively in venues including Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Bowery Ballroom, The Count Basie Theater, New Jersey PAC, Symphony Space, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
Holding degrees from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and NYU Steinhardt, Kaitlyn Walker is a Buffet Crampon Oboe Artist.