Kaitlyn Walker standing in front of a beige background holding an oboe and dressed in all black

Associate Dean

Music Education (BM & MAT)

An active educator, performer, and clinician, oboist Kaitlyn Walker currently serves as associate dean of the School of Music.


Kaitlyn Walker serves on the School of Music faculty and specializes in performance and music education. With a passion for blending performing arts administration and musical performance, she is responsible for academic operations and collaboration of academic and artistic goals of Music faculty and students.

Previously, Walker served as interim director of Woodwind Studies at New York University Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. She also served on the Oboe faculty. Additionally, Walker spent a decade as a woodwind specialist for the South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey, Public School District. In addition, she served on numerous summer festival faculties, including the New York Summer Musical Festival and the NYU Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies.

An active clinician, Walker has given lectures and masterclasses throughout the U.S. to music educators and students on a variety of topics, including arts administration, performing arts in higher education, oboe performance and woodwind studies in public schools. She has hosted various clinics and has served on a series of panels through the National Association of Music Education, the National Education Association, New York University, the International Double Reed Society and Rutgers University.


Walker has performed with a variety of world-renowned artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Piquito de Rivera, Alan Vizzutti and Jay-Z. She currently holds the position of principal oboist with Eastern Wind Symphony and has recently performed with the ensemble at the internationally acclaimed Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Walker has also performed with Adelphi Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestral Society of St. Cecilia, One World Symphony, Washington Square Music Festival Orchestra and World Peace Orchestra. She has performed extensively in venues including Bowery Ballroom, Count Basie Theater, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Walker is a Buffet Crampon oboe artist and holds degrees from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and New York University.