School of Music


Dr. Tammie Walker Dr. Tammie Walker

Office Location: 219 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1237
Title: Professor, Piano
Visit: WIU Piano

Dr. Tammie Walker, Professor of Piano at Western Illinois University, received the B.M. degree in Piano Performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, where she studied with Penelope Cecchini, and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Ian Hobson and was a winner of the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. An active solo and collaborative pianist, Dr. Walker has concertized throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, and western Europe, having given over 300 performances since her hire at WIU. Her collaborative CD with Dr. Bruce Briney (trumpet) was reviewed favorably in two nationally recognized music journals (ITG and NACWPI). Recent performance highlights include solo recitals in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Georgia and concerto performances of Shostakovich Concerto No. 1, Grieg Concerto and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Walker is an active clinician, having given more than 75 lecture-recitals and masterclasses since her hire at WIU, including presentations at regional and national conferences. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, having served on international juries in Atlanta, GA and Las Vegas, NV and at many competitions throughout the Midwest. She is currently Coordinator of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions for the East Central Division (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin).

An interview with Dr. Walker was published in the January, 2006 issue of The Piano journal in Korea, and she was featured in a 2007 article in International Piano magazine. Her article entitled "The Status of the BM-Piano Performance Degree" was published in the April/May 2008 issue of the American Music Teacher journal. Her biography is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders and Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education. In 2005 she collaborated on an arrangement of the Largo from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, arranged for alto flute and piano with Dr. Andrea Graves (flute). The arrangement, published by Progress Press (Chicago), was premiered by Walker and Graves at the NFA convention in the United States and in London, where they also premiered a new work by British composer Alex Harwood.

A committed teacher and the recipient of the 2012 College of Fine Arts and Communication Outstanding Teacher Award, Walker's students have been finalists in several competitions (including MTNA) and have been accepted to summer programs throughout the United States and Germany. Her students have been admitted to many of the top graduate programs around the country, with five students currently pursuing DMA degrees in Piano Performance, all on full assistantships (Michigan State, Texas Tech, University of North Texas, University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City) and one student recently finishing her DMA at the University of Illinois. Two of her former students recently won concerto competitions at the University of Illinois and UMKC, and two former students recently won awards in The American Prize competition.

Tammie Walker resides in Macomb, IL with her husband Chad (a band instrument repair technician), and their four children. Dr. Walker has been on the piano faculty at WIU since 1998 and is coordinator of the keyboard area.