School of Music


Dr. Tammie Walker

Dr. Tammie Walker
Office Location: 122 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Director (School of Music) and Professor of Piano
Visit: WIU Piano

Dr. Tammie Walker, Director of the School of Music and Professor of Piano, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Ian Hobson. Her early training was with Penelope Cecchini and Frances Karp in Wisconsin. An active solo and collaborative pianist, Dr. Walker has concertized throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, western Europe, and South Korea, having given over 300 performances since her hire at WIU. Recent performance highlights include a residency in Yangon, Myanmar, a recital and teaching tour in Seoul, an appearance as the Conference Artist for the Wisconsin State Music Teachers Association convention, solo recitals and lecture-recitals in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia and West Virginia, and concerto performances of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1, the Grieg Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Walker is an active clinician, having given close to 100 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 and Las Vegas and at many competitions throughout the Midwest. She has maintained leadership roles with the MTNA competitions at the state and regional level for 15 years.

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. In 2005 she collaborated on an arrangement of the Largo from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, arranged for alto flute and piano (Progress Press, Chicago) which was premiered at the NFA Convention in the US and in London, England.

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 seven 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, University of Illinois, University of South Carolina). Former students have won competitions at the University of Illinois, Texas Tech University, UMKC, The American Prize competition, and the Artist Presentation Society competition in St. Louis.

Tammie resides in Macomb, IL with her husband Chad (a wind instrument repair technician), and their four children. She joined the piano faculty at WIU in 1998 and was named Director of the School of Music in 2016.