Kim Walker — Director
Kim Walker is the Director of the Texas Tech School of Music.
Kim studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Geneva Conservatory, and the Basel Schola Cantorum before embarking on a solo career that she still enjoys. She brings 30 years international performance experience as a soloist and chamber musician on six continents as well as an orchestral background performing as 1st bassoon with some of Europe's leading orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and RAI Torino, among others. In 1982, her Wigmore Hall debut "outclassed many an operatic rival" and in 1985 she was invited to perform 1st bassoon in the London Symphony Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Antal Dorati, and Charles Dutoit are some of the main conductors with whom Kim worked in Europe. She has performed as soloist with leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC London, RIAS Berlin, to name just a few, and as a regular guest artist at festivals such as Marlboro, Prades, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Kim is also a celebrated recording artist with close to 33 (solo and chamber music) CDs for DECCA, GalloVDE, and other labels.
In 1994, Kim Walker was invited to join Indiana University as Professor of Music. She served both as Professor of Music and as Associate Dean of Research for the Arts & Humanities, as Associate Dean for the Vice-Chancellor, as Dean for the Vice-Chancellor, and Dean of the Faculties, and ultimately she served in the President's Office as Director of Arts & Cultural Outreach. In 2004, the University of Sydney recruited her to serve as Professor of Music, Dean of the Conservatorium of Music and in 2007 her contract expanded to serve as Cultural Ambassador for the University of Sydney. While in Sydney, Walker grew the endowment significantly, increased high-quality international recruitment, established an ongoing research incentive program, and authored agreements with institutions in leading programs in Europe, Asia, and the USA (Salzburg Mozarteum, Royal College of Music, Juilliard School of Music, Beijing CCM, Shanghai Conservatory). Community engagement was a key focus, including collaborations with Sydney's leading ensembles, poets, sculptors, artists, and dancers. She also built support to tour the student ensembles across Asia, Europe, and the USA for World Expo, Beijing Olympics and to perform alongside peer institutions.
Kim and the Dean of Medicine established the world-first Music and Medicine UG/MM degree program in 2007. During her first year, Kim welcomed the Arts Faculty Music Department's amalgamation with the Conservatorium of Music. The revised curriculum attracts students from 45 other university degree programs to experience and study music. Kim also taught the "Science of Strategy and the Art of Leadership" for eight years as part of the Global EMBA "Executive MBA" program held at the University of Sydney.
Currently, Kim Walker is the founder of the Virtuoso CEO Organization (VCEO) and a Guest Professor in Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. She is an internationally best-selling author for her "Resilience2Brilliance" in "Elevate Your Success," and an in-demand speaker on "The Virtuoso Factor." IU Press published her "Spirited Wind Playing," which has received critical acclaim across Europe, Asia and the USA; Peter Schoenbach, former Dean of the Curtis Institute of Music, wrote the foreword. Her latest book "INSPIRE" is anticipated to be published late in 2018. She chairs and presents at major conferences for business schools, leadership in higher education, women in leadership and performing arts keynotes.
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Peter Martens — Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Peter Martens is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Texas Tech University. Dr. Martens holds a B.M. in Music Education and a B.A. in Classics from Lawrence University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago. In his dissertation "Beat-Finding, Listener Strategies, and Music Meter," Dr. Martens combines research models from music theory and music psychology to pursue the elemental but complicated question of where listeners locate the main beat in music. He finds that this behavior is governed by a combination of individual, performed, and musico-structural factors, and constructs a model for beat-finding that reflects this shared basis. He has presented this blend of music theory, music cognition, and performance analysis to organizations such the Society for Music Theory (SMT), the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC). Dr. Martens' research interests include rhythm and meter in popular music, questions of perception in the recorded legacy of pianist Glenn Gould, and the texts and personalities of the 16th- and 17th-century German Lateinschule tradition.
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Lisa Rogers — Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Lisa Rogers is Professor of Percussion Studies at Texas Tech University where she teaches applied studies and directs ensembles such as "Apocalypso Now." She attended Texas State University and Texas Tech University for her undergraduate and graduate studies. Rogers received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of Oklahoma. She released her first compact disc recording, Paint Me a Sky, in January 2000 for solo vibraphone. Currently, Rogers serves as President of the Percussive Society as well as Associate Research Editor for Percussive Notes. Rogers was the 2007-2008 recipient of the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award.
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Eric Fried — Assistant to the Director
Eric Fried, Associate Professor of Music and Assistant to the Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University, earned music degrees from Indiana University, the University of Denver, and the University of Arizona. He currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and served for fifteen years as music director and conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he served as orchestra director and professor of violin on the music faculties of Oklahoma State University and Hendrix College (AR).
During the summers of 1997 and 1998 he was assistant concertmaster of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra based in the Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Austria, and performing in numerous locations throughout Austria and Hungary. He also has served as concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Little Rock Chamber Orchestra, and the Arkansas Ballet and Opera orchestras. He was president-elect of the Oklahoma String Teachers Association immediately before accepting his position at Texas Tech. In addition, he has served as a conductor and clinician in numerous places throughout the country.
He has served as the chair of the Texas Division of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, and is currently chair of the TexASTA Young Artists Solo Competition. Dr. Fried has served as professor of music at the Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain multiple times since 2007, teaching a course on the music of Spain. Dr. Fried has published articles in American String Teacher, California Music Educator, College Music Society South Central Music Bulletin, and Upbeat (publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League).
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