Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Director of Choral Studies
|School of Music|
School of Music Room 336
|Resources:||Alicia W. Walker website|
Alicia W. Walker is Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she directs the Concert Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and music education. She holds degrees from Florida State University, Southern Seminary, and the University of Georgia. Each year Dr. Walker travels to South Africa to teach continuing education for choral directors, and she is regularly invited to conduct and teach in England and in Taiwan. Dr. Walker made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015, and will conduct at Lincoln Center in 2019. Her choirs have been selected to perform for SCMEA and for South Carolina’s ACDA conference. In July 2019, Dr. Walker will begin a new appointment as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina.
An experienced music educator, Dr. Walker taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels prior to joining the music education faculty at the University of Georgia. She is a Past President of Southern Region ACDA and Georgia ACDA, and she developed ChorTransform, ACDA’s service-learning initiative for student chapters. Her commitment to professional mentoring led Dr. Walker to found Facets,™ a leadership retreat for women conductors. In Columbia, she conducts a chamber choir of music educators called Limited Time Only, and she maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. A long-time church musician, Dr. Walker has served churches in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina, and she presently conducts the Chancel Choir at Shandon Presbyterian Church. She was a committee chair for the development of Celebrating Grace, a hymnal published in 2010, and is a contributing author for Sacred Choral Music Repertoire: Insight for Conductors, a resource to be published by GIA in 2019. She is a Life Member of ACDA, and holds memberships in NAfME and NCCO.