Edward Walker (Ed)Pronouns: he/him/his
Director, Music Theatre Voice
Location:Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
Mailing address:Department of Theatre
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5360 USA
- M.A., Eastman School of Music
- M.A., University of Miami
- B.A., Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ed Walker is the Director of Music Theatre Voice in Western Michigan University's Department of Theater. He holds a Bachelors in Vocal Performance (Piano minor) from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Miami.
Prior to coming to WMU, Ed was Assistant Professor of Music Theater at Senzoku College of Music in Tokyo, Japan; the largest and most established music theater training program in Asia. Previous positions include faculty positions in music theater voice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, New World School of the Arts, and as staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory.
A New York City-based artist for over a decade, Walker has performed professionally in the United States, Europe and Asia in classical music, Broadway musical theater and the dramatic stage, as well being an accomplished stage director, music director/conductor and vocal pedagogue.
He appeared in the New York premiere of the Yeston/Kopit "Phantom" as understudy to Robert Cuccioli as Erik, The Phantom. Walker took over the leading role in the European tour German-language production (Das Phantom). He can be heard on the RCA/BMI Original Cast recording.
Walker served as understudy for the role of Juan Perón in a European tour of the original Broadway production of Evita, starring Flo Lacey, and directed by Tony Award winner Larry Fuller.
He produced and starred in a 20-city Broadway concert tour of Poland, appearing with the Poznan Symphony Orchestra.
Favorite roles in US regional theater include: Anthony in "Sweeney Todd", Peter Patrone in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles", Joey in "Most Happy Fella, Curly in "Oklahoma" and Man #1 in "Jacque Brel..."
Former students have met success in a variety of genres, with engagements on Broadway, opera, pop/rock and jazz; including the three-time Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz artist Cecile McClorin Salvant.