Ms Sally Walker

Ms Sally Walker

Lecturer - Music

School of Creative Industries (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

Australian flautist Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust. 

She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and performed in the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and the London Proms. From 2003 – 2005 she played full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and in the following year was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle.  

She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with Pianists Clemens Leske, Philip Mayers, Ian Munro, Gabriella Pusner; Cellists Steven Isserlis, Rachel Scott and Geoffrey Gartner; Singers Jenny Duck-Chong, Alison Morgan, Christopher Allan and Paul McMahon; Guitarists Anthony Field, Giuseppe Zangari and the Haga Duo; Harpsichordist Rosalind Halton, Organists Peter Guy and Philip Matthias and Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist Afro Moses. Alongside her chamber music activities, Sally devotes herself passionately to both Early and Contemporary Music. She has worked with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon.

She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her including Knut Müller (Germany), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina) as well as Australian composers Jim Chapman, Andrew Chubb, Andrew Ford, Elena Kats-Chernin, William Jeffery, Mark Clement Pollard, Colin Spiers and Paul Stanhope. In 2013 she premiered Andrew Ford’s piece composed for her entitled “Once upon a time there were two brothers…” with the Shanghai String Quartet at the Melbourne Festival.  In 2014 she premiered Andrew Chubb’s “Berceuse” (both the flute/piano and the flute/guitar versions). In 2015 she will premiere William Jeffery’s work “Frivols for Two Flutes” with Tim Munro in “Contemporary Flute meets Contemporary Dance".  Following a long-standing collaborative relationship with Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally will premiere her flute concerto for her in 2015 with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood and later perform it with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Shiell (assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body). She has also performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (on both flute and piccolo), Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici di Verona and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn.

Sally has a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Sydney (studying with Geoffrey Collins) and Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (studying with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht) and the Soloist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich (studying with Prof. András Adorján). Additionally, she has undertaken private study in Montreal with Timothy Hutchins and attended the William Bennett Summer School in the UK.

TEACHING:

Sally Walker began her position of Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle in 2007. She has been a guest Lecturer for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Luleå University of Technology Sweden, Instituto Universitario Patagónico de Artes Argentina, Australian National Academy of Music, Griffith University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Principal Artist the Australian Flute Festival. She has tutored the Management Symphony Orchestra (in conjunction with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), the Australian, Queensland, Sydney and Newcastle Youth Orchestras and was Artistic Director, teacher and performer in "From Vienna to the Hunter", hosted by the University of Newcastle in 2009, with Guest flautist Walter Auer (Principal Flute, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

Guests: 

Guests since Sally's appointment, either through the University of Newcastle or through the the Newcastle Flute Society have included: 

  • Walter Auer (Austria)
  • Michael Hasel (Germany), Hans-Dieter Michatz (Germany/Australia)
  • Sophie Ardiet (France)
  • Erik Bosgraaf, Rien de Reede, Thies Roorda (Holland)
  • William Dowdall (Ireland)
  • Sareidah Hildebrand, Bengt-Olov Palmqvist, Anna Svensdotter (Sweden) 
  • Tim Munro (Australia/USA) 
  • Jonathan Henderson (Australia/Estonia)
  • Afro Moses (Ghana/Australia) 
  • Lisa Osmialowski (UK/Australia)
  • João Carlos Santos (Brazil/Holland)
  • Peter Bartels, Lyn Brislan, Louise Dellit, Christine Draeger, Melissa Farrow, Jocelyn Fazzone, Marie Fox, James Kortum, Megan Lang, Lamorna Nightingale, Noelene Poole, Janet Webb (Australia)

Former student achievements:

  • ORCHESTRAL: Performances with orchestras including:

       - Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart (Germany)

       - Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Estonia)

       - Swedish Radio Symphony (Sweden)

       - Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland)

       - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (USA)

       - Lucerne Festival Strings (Switzerland) 

       - Brucknerorchester Linz (Austria) 

       - Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Russia)

       - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia (UK)

       - Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony

           Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia (Australia) 

  • CHAMBER ENSEMBLES: Performances with: Ensemble ACJW (USA), Eighth Blackbird (USA), Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Southern Cross Soloists and current students have formed their own eclectic ensembles such as: The Tone Camerata (selected for the New Music Network mini series) and Vanishing Shapes, which feature non-western flutes as well as the standard flute used in innovative ways.

  • FESTIVALS: Featured in: the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Bang on a Can Festival (USA), Pärnu Music Festival (Estonia), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Chilean Flute Festival.

  • COMPETITIONS/PRIZES: Successes in competitions such as: the ABC Young Performer's Competition, James Carson Memorial Prize, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 2MBS Radio Young Performer competition, Bad Durkheim Chamber Music Competition (Germany), Jugend Musiziert (Young Musician) Competition (Germany), Nicolet Flute Competition (China) and received awards from organisations such as the DAAD, Fullbright Foundation,  Freedman Fellowship, Ian Potter Foundation, PPCA Performer's Trust, Churchill Fellowship, Australia Council, JUMP scheme, Helpmann Academy, New Music Network and the Lord Mayor's Scholarship.

  • POSTGRADUATE STUDY: Acceptances into postgraduate study with great masters such as: András Adorján, Jeanne Baxtressor, Johanna Dömötör, Felix Renggli, Jean-Micheal Tanguay and Jacques Zoon.

The University of Newcastle Flute Class keeps in close contact with Alumni who help each other as a wider online community. It is known for being friendly, inclusive and supportive. It has welcomed international students from Germany, Hong Kong and Sweden.

Lecturing, Teaching and Administrative Experience in current position: 

Course Co-ordinator of:

  • [2015] Romantic Music compressed delivery course
  • [2012 and 2013] Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 2 (Rhythm)
  • [since 2009] Second year Performance Studies 

Courses taught into:

  • Collaborative Music Making (including introducing Klezmer and Argentine Tango ensembles and facilitating school’s partnership with SBS Youth Orchestra)
  • Baroque Music
  • Classical Music
  • World Music
  • Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 1 (Concepts)
  • Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 4 (Chromatic Harmony)
  • Improvisation (as part of Collaborative Music Making)
  • Australian Music
  • Directed Study (Fine Arts Course)
  • Languages for singers

Administrative Experience:

  • [2015] School of Creative Arts Faculty Board Member
  • [2015] Member of SOCA International Committee
  • [2015] Co-Student Experience Officer
  • [since 2013] Partnership Co-ordinator, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • [2011] Music Representative, Teaching and Learning Committee
  • [2012] School of Creative Arts Appeals and Show Cause committee representative
  • [2012] Scholarships Committee member
  • [since 2007] Organised frequent lunch time concerts with staff and students including chamber music mentoring programs


Qualifications

  • Master of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts - Munich
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Music, The University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover

Keywords

  • Australian Music
  • Chamber Music
  • Composer/Performer collaborations
  • Flute and Physiology
  • Flute, Piccolo, Alto Performance and repertoire
  • Historical Flutes' Performance and repertoire
  • Inter relation of vocal and flute techniques
  • Inter-disciplinary collaborations
  • Orchestral Music
  • Woodwind Pedagogy
  • World Music

Languages

  • German (Fluent)
  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified 5
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology 5
190407 Music Performance 90

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer - Music University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Lecturer - Music University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
1999 Queen's Trust for Young Australians "Silver Jubilee Award"
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia
1999 Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Award
Ian Potter Foundation

Distinction

Year Award
1997 DAAD German Academic Exchange Scholarship (Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst)
DAAD

Nomination

Year Award
2013 Arts NSW Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (Music)
Arts NSW

Prize

Year Award
2015 Faculty of Education and Arts Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence & Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle, Australia
2003 2nd Prize "Friedrich Kuhlau" International Flute Competition, Germany
Internationaler Floetenwettbewerb Friedrich Kuhlau | Germany

Recognition

Year Award
1999 Grand Finalist, "Leonardo de Lorenzo" International Flute Competition, Italy
Il Concorso Internazionale di Flauto "Leonardo De Lorenzo"
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $21,652

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20161 grants / $2,000

Svensk Flotjtfestival, Stockholm, Sweden 2016, 8-10 April 2016$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20153 grants / $3,700

Opposites Attract, (Sweden/Australia): New Latency-Embracing Works for a Telematically Linked Double Flute-Guitar Duo Ensemble$2,000

Opposites Attract, (Sweden/Australia): New Latency-Embracing Works for a Telematically Linked Double Flute-Guitar Duo Ensemble

Funding body: School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Jim Chapman, Sally Walker

Scheme SOCA Projects Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

PRSS$1,200

Funding body: The University of Sydney

Funding body The University of Sydney
Scheme University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Faculty of Education & Arts Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence & Contribution to Student Learning$500

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme The University of Newcastle/Australia
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20131 grants / $2,000

Create 2308 Grant for "Opposites Attract" Sweden/Australia project$2,000


Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme University of Newcastle Create 2308
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20081 grants / $7,500

Yamaha Music Australia Sponsorship of "From Vienna to the Hunter", hosted by School of Drama, Fine Art and Music, University of Newcastle$7,500

"From Vienna to the Hunter" was a series of advanced orchestral flute masterclasses and recital hosted by the University of Newcastle featuring flautists Walter Auer (Principal Flautist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Geoffrey Collins (Principal Flute, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) and Sally Walker (Lecturer in Flute, University of Newcastle)

Funding body: Yamaha Music Australia

Funding body Yamaha Music Australia
Scheme Sponsorship of "From Vienna to the Hunter" hosted by the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music, University of Newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON N

20061 grants / $6,452

Commissioning of a New Work Grant for a Solo Flute piece to be composed by Michael Askill for Sally Walker$6,452

Premiered by Sally Walker July 2006

Funding body: Australia Council for the Arts

Funding body Australia Council for the Arts
Scheme Commissioning of a New Work Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 Honours Unaccompanied Flute Repertoire of the Twentieth Century Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2015 Honours Composing for Piccolo as a solo instrument Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2015 Honours Preparation of multiple fingering systems and techniques associated with doubling and tripling woodwind instruments Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Consultant Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2011 Honours Tongue Placement in French Flute Music Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2010 Honours Interactions of modern and baroque flute in Claudio Pompilli’s Lo Speccio Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2010 Honours Physiology and Pilates in application with the flute embouchure Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2009 Honours Comparisons of recordings of Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2009 Honours Gaubert and the French Flute School Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Principal Supervisor
2008 Masters Performance recitals of Flute works from France and the USA including Crumb’s Vox Ballanae (through Griffith University QLD)
<p>Recital preparation in repertoire from France and the USA including Crumb's "Vox Ballanae"</p>
Music, Griffith University Consultant Supervisor
2007 Honours Steve Reich Vermont Counterpoint Music, University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts Co-Supervisor
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Ms Sally Walker

Position

Lecturer - Music
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Email sally.walker@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8949
Fax (02) 4921 8958

Office

Room Studio 3, Level 2 The Conservatorium of Music
Building The Conservatorium
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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