Concert Organist John Walker to
Perform at Hope on Sunday,
Posted Jan. 22, 2002
HOLLAND -- Concert organist John Walker will
present a concert at Hope College on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4
p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The program will include the "Sortie in E flat
Major," by Louis J.A. Lefebure-Wely; "Fantasy and Fugue in G
Minor, BWV 542," by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Piece Heroique,"
by Cesar Franck; "Toccata on 'Veni Emmanuel,'" by Adolphus
Hailstork; "Variations on Adeste fideles," by Gaston
Dethier; "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," by Keith
Chapman; "Marche Religieuse," by Alexandre Guilmant; "What a
Friend We Have in Jesus," by William Bolcom; "Carillon," by
Leo Sowerby; and "Final (from Symphonie I)," by Louis
Walker's active performance schedule takes him
regularly throughout North America, with frequent
performances in Europe and Asia. He completed a residency
in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar, and his many performances
there culminated in a televised concert with the National
Symphony Orchestra to welcome the new millennium.
The "New York Times" has called his registrations
"colorful and imaginative, his technical command
impeccable." The "Kansas City Star" said that he performed
"with energy and elan," noting "A high-profile musical
personality was never in doubt, and there was virtuosity to
Walker has been director of music and organist at
the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., since
1992. He is also adjunct professor of organ at Duquesne
He was previously on the staff of Riverside Church
in New York City, serving first as associate musician and
later as director of music and organist. During that time
he was also chair of the organ department at the Manhattan
School of Music. Prior to his Riverside appointment, he
served as organist/coordinator of music at the First United
Methodist Church in Palo Alto, Calif., and as professor of
organ at San Jose State University.
His discography includes compact disc recordings
on the Gothic, Pro Organo and Xpressions labels.
Additionally, he has recorded for National Public Radio and
has performed in national telecasts from the Riverside
A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists,
Walker has served the guild in many capacities, including
two terms as national treasurer, and as dean of the San Jose
and New York City chapters. He has performed and taught at
regional and national conventions of the AGO, and on Monday,
Jan. 28, he will conduct a workshop at Hope Church in
Holland on service playing for the Holland Area Chapter of
He has been a clinician and service organist at
conventions of the National Association of Pastoral
Musicians, the Montreat Conference of Presbyterian Church
Musicians, the Redlands Organ Festival and the Richner-
Strong Institute for Church Music at Colby College.
Walker holds the doctor of musical arts degree
from Stanford University, and double master's degrees with
honors from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago,
where he later became a faculty member. He was the 1984
alumni recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from
Westminster College in Pennsylvania.
The recital was made possible through the generous
support of the college's Tom Donia Memorial Organ Fund. The
fund was created in 1990 by family and friends of Tom Donia,
a 1971 Hope graduate who died in 1990. The director of
communications for the American Red Cross, Donia had a life-
long interest in music.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.