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Alicia Walker

Title: Associate Professor
Director of Choral Studies
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-1406

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 the UofSC Men’s Chorus, and supervises the graduate conducting program. 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 at Lincoln Center in 2019. Her choirs have been selected to perform for SCMEA and for South Carolina’s ACDA conference. Hallmarks of Dr. Walker’s pedagogy and professional collaborations include a commitment to excellence, reciprocity, and community.

An experienced music educator, Dr. Walker taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels, followed by appointments at the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina, where she supervised Secondary Choral Music Education. 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.

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