Faculty Spotlight: Paul Walker

Paul Walker Smnd Upper Action Shot Crop Reduce Quality

Paul Walker,
Associate Professor of the Practice, Organ

Professor Walker has had a stellar number of professional accomplishments in this past academic year.  His edition of the final two volumes of the Collected Works of Dieterich Buxtehude (vols. 12 & 13) appeared in February 2018; in May 2018, he received a grant from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame for assistance in completion of Volume 4 of the complete works of Sebastian Knüpfer (CMM), of which he is one of the general editors. Also just appearing this year is his edition Canzoni francese libro primo: Ottaviano Scotto's 1535 Collection of Twenty-Three Chansons for Four Voices, Recent Researches in the Music of the Renaissance, no. 170. A-R Editions, 2018. He says of the work: “This edition came about because of the chance appearance in the Special Collections Library at UVA of what turned out to be the long-missing tenor partbook to this set, which allows us to add for the first time in a complete state seven new pieces to the chanson repertory (including two by Willaert).” His output includes not only the production of historic editions, but also completion of a monograph on fugue in the sixteenth century, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Stay tuned for information on the release.


This past year, Paul Walker gave an organ recital (with Mary Catherine Levri) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 20 January 2018, and presented the paper “Organ Music in Sixteenth-Century Italy: A Reappraisal,” at Notre Dame for the conference Reformations and the Organ, 1517–2017, held September 10–13, 2017, and this will be published in the conference report.


Professor Walker teaches graduate classes in organ literature and gives secondary organ lessons. He is the field supervisor for graduate assistantships and is Associate Director for Student Life in SMND.