Valdosta Daily Times


June 27, 2013

Pianist plays Valdosta prior to Salzburg scholarship

VALDOSTA — Before leaving next month to study piano in the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Tyler Walker will perform a concert of classical music this week in the town where he earned his undergraduate music degree.

A recent Valdosta State University graduate in piano performance, Walker plays Friday evening at Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

“The program will consist of hymn arrangements; many of which I arranged myself,” Walker says. “Also, the program will include several of my friends and colleagues including Ben Thomas, tenor; Alex Lipsky, violin; Tugce Bryant, cello; and Andy Daughtry, organ.”

Reese Nelson, Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s minister of music and worship, says Walker has served as the church’s organist and principal accompanist since Jan. 1. Earlier, Walker performed as Quitman First Baptist Church’s organist/accompanist.

The son of Lanier and Felicia Walker, Tyler is a Patterson native. He grew up in Pearson and attended Pearson High School, Nelson says. Piano has been a nearly lifelong part of Tyler Walker.

“I began playing piano when I was 4,” Walker says. “I was always innately fascinated with the instrument because my grandmother played and she fostered my interest and helped me advance.”

Now, with his degree, he will be leaving in mid-July for Salzburg, Austria.

“I competed in a statewide competition held by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta. It is open to college musicians of several instruments and voice,” Walker says. “I was selected as one of five finalists and then competed in a live competition where I won one of two $4,000 scholarships. I will be in Salzburg at the Mozarteum for four weeks.”

“When he returns to the United States, Tyler will study piano with a private teacher and then pursue his master’s degree in piano performance,” Nelson says. “His ultimate goal is to teach the music he so loves in a university setting.”

Pianist Tyler Walker in concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, main sanctuary, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave. Admission: Free and open to the public.





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