Dr. Douglas William Walter, DMA is Professor of Percussion at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, and was the first marimba and vibraphone artist to win a First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC.
He has performed over 350 solo recitals and concerts in forty states, Canada, Brazil and nine countries in Europe, in addition to international conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association for Jazz Education and The National Association for Music Education.
An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He is Principal with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sunriver Music Festival Orchestras. He has performed as a member of the percussion section of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra for 15 years. He played with the Colorado Music Festival for 16 years, 10 as Principal Percussionist. He has toured for 21 years with the Westminster Brass.
As a jazz musician he has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagàn, the University of North Texas College of Music One O'Clock Lab Band, the Modest Jazz Trio, the Lawless Percussion and Jazz Ensemble, The CU Jazz Asylum Faculty Quintet, the DAD Trio, Rim of the Well (with Steve Mullins), and the Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio.
Doctor Walter holds:
- Dual BM (Music Education and Music Theory) from North Texas State University, summa cum laude
- BA (French) from the University of Colorado, summa cum laude,
- MM (Orchestral Conducting) from the University of Michigan
- MM (Percussion) from the University of Michigan
- DMA (Percussion Performance) from Temple University (1984), where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels.
Compositions and endorsements
- DMA Thesis: The Performance of Contrapuntal Music on the Marimba and Vibraphone, by Douglas William Walter, Temple University (1984)