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 Associate 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 combined research models from music theory and music psychology to pursue the elemental but complicated question of where listeners locate the main beat in music. In this and subsequent work he situates beat-finding as a behavior shared by a combination of individual, performed, and musico-structural factors. He has presented this blend of music theory, music cognition, and performance analysis to organizations such the Society for Music Theory (SMT), the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) - for which he will serve as Program Chair for the 2019 meeting in New York City, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC); this work has appeared in journals such as Music Perception and Music Theory Online and informs Dr. Martens' co-authored chapter "Musical Structure: Time and Rhythm" in the 2017 Routledge Companion to Music Cognition. Dr. Martens' other research interests include rhythm and meter in popular music, questions of perception in the recorded legacy of pianist Glenn Gould, and the history of music theory.
In Texas, Dr. Martens served as President of the Texas Society for Music Theory from 2015-2018, and is Co-Director (with Dr. David Sears) of the Performing Arts Research Lab at Texas Tech (TTU-PeARL). In 2018 Dr. Martens was awarded a $10,000 Arts in Medicine grant to study the effect of music on the recognition of facial emotion in neurotypical and autism-spectrum populations, a joint project with TTU's Burkhart Center and PeARL members. In the Fall of 2017, Dr. Martens assumed the role of Associate Director for Graduate Programs in the TTU School of Music.
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Andrew Stetson — Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Andrew Stetson maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Alabama Symphony, Albany Symphony (NY), Boston Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, and Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestras. In addition to performances with the Texas Tech Faculty Brass Quintet, Dr. Stetson has performed with Boston Chamber Music Society and as part of the Monadnock Music Festival. As a soloist, Dr. Stetson presents numerous recitals throughout the United States and has appeared as a featured soloist with the Texas Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, he placed in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition and performed in the live rounds of the National Trumpet Competition.
Winner of the 2016 Hemphill-Wells New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, a university-wide honor at Texas Tech University, Dr. Stetson continues to serve as a committed and diligent educator. Students of Dr. Stetson have performed in both solo and ensemble rounds of the National Trumpet Competition, performed as a finalist in the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, won positions with full-time military ensembles, and gained entry into top graduate programs. In 2017 and 2018 his entire applied studio was invited to compete in various ensembles as part of the live invite-only rounds of the National Trumpet Competition.
As a clinician, Dr. Stetson has presented at numerous high schools throughout the country and at large educational conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention and the Florida Music Educators Association Convention.
Dr. Stetson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. His principal studies have been with Charles Schlueter, Eric Berlin, Terry Everson, and Thomas Siders.
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Lisa Garner Santa — Associate Director of Learning and Teaching
Lisa Garner Santa currently serves as Artist-Performer and Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University where she enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Garner Santa's playing has been described as "the kind of tone I prefer - rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is all well-shaped and thoughtful...a truly remarkable artist with dazzling musical ability." (American Record Guide)
Lisa Garner Santa's versatile programming ranges from the elegant Baroque music of Bach to the jazz-inspired writings of Mike Mower. Her passion for contemporary flute repertoire was sparked over a decade ago by the early flute works of Lowell Liebermann, which was the topic of her dissertation. Since then, she has supported the effort to expand and promote new music by performing and commissioning works from young as well as established composers including Warner Hutchison, Matthew Santa, Mike Mower, Joel Puckett, Derek Bermel and Peter Fischer.
As a pedagogue, Lisa Garner Santa presents masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. International exchanges include masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, England and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, as well as Peking University in Beijing, China. Presentations and performances at various regional and national conventions include invitations from the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society. Her research, pedagogical articles and interviews are published in The Flutist Quarterly, The Flute View, Flute Talk, and The Instrumentalist. In recognition of her creative teaching, she was awarded the Texas Tech Big 12 Fellowship, the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, and the President's Excellence in Teaching award. She is also an Executive Council member of Texas Tech University's prestigious Teaching Academy and a graduate of TTU's Institute for Inclusive Excellence.
As an active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Garner Santa has been a featured performer at the numerous conventions. She has served as adjudicator and/or coordinator for many NFA events and competitions including the High School Soloist Competition, the NFA Newly Published Music Competition, the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition, as the General Competitions Coordinator, and as NFA Convention Associate Program Chair for the 2002 convention. She served the NFA as Program Chair for the 2011 convention held in Charlotte, NC followed by two years on the NFA Executive Committee.
With co-authors Matthew Santa and Thomas Hughes, Lisa Garner Santa developed the Flute/Theory Workout, a method that efficiently introduces full-range scalar and chordal flute technique while introducing music theory fundamentals at the same time. The Workout, which comes with an entertaining accompaniment CD, is available through Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co., and Flute World. Dr. Garner Santa holds performance degrees from West Texas State University, Florida State University, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful include Carol Wincenc, Charles DeLaney, Sally Turk, and Helen Blackburn. Additionally, Dr. Garner Santa is a certified Professional Yoga Instructor through the Kripalu Center, directs Yoga Shala Lubbock, and teaches Yoga and the Creative Arts: Philosophy and Practice, a core curriculum course at TTU.
Lisa Garner Santa is a Wm. S. Haynes Ambassador/Clinician.
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