Michael Walk

Michael Walk


David J. Hyslop Chair

 A native of San Diego, California, Michael Walk joined the trumpet section of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2007, after serving as second trumpet in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. Walk is also a former member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and is former Principal Trumpet of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Walk has had a varied career in music. In addition to his orchestral positions, he has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and Arizona Opera. Walk has been a member of Westwind Brass and the Heavy Metal Brass Quintet, and continues to perform as a chamber musician. With his wife, Claudia, he was a founding member of Music from Greer, performing chamber music with varied ensembles in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Walk has performed as soloist with the Orchestra of San Dieguito, Sierra Vista Symphony, San Diego State University Wind Symphony, Arizona Symphonic Winds, Musica Viva, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. He has also given solo faculty recitals at the University of Oklahoma and at New Mexico State University.

Walk has taught trumpet at New Mexico State University, University of Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, San Diego State University, and the University of Rochester. He has also maintained a private studio, which has included students ranging in age from seven to 85 years.

Walk received his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, cum laude, with distinction from San Diego State University, was the Music Department’s Outstanding Graduate for that year, and was named Alumnus of the Year for the department in 2011. He was awarded a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Literature, with Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers included Alan Siebert, John Wilds, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Charles Lauer.

Michael Walk lives in St. Louis County with Claudia and their sons Jeffrey and Eric.