College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Douglas Walter

Professor of Percussion
Professor of Jazz Vibraphone and Marimba
Imig Music Building C185C

Mailing Address:
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Professor of Percussion and Jazz Douglas Walter is the only marimba/vibraphone artist to win First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. His debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall received a positive review in the New York Times. He has performed over 350 solo recitals and concerti in 40 states, Canada, Brazil and eight countries in Europe, in addition to conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators and MENC.

An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Music Festival and Colorado Ballet orchestras. He is the Principal Timpanist with the Boulder Philharmonic and Sunriver Music Festival orchestras. He has toured in the United States for 26 years with the Westminster Brass. His lifetime Nutcracker Ballet performance total is currently 544.

As a jazz musician, Dr. Walter has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagàn, UNT 1:00 Lab Band (nominated for a Grammy Award!), Modest Jazz Trio, Lawless Jazz Ensemble, CU Jazz Faculty Quintet, DAD Trio and Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio. His unique flamenco duo with Steve Mullins, guitarist, has toured in Europe.

Dr. Walter holds a dual BM from North Texas State Uuniversity, summa cum laude, two master's degrees (orchestral conducting and percussion) from the University of Michigan and a DMA from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels.  His BA in French Literature from CU-Boulder is also designated summa cum laude.

Dr. Walter has been president of state chapters of the Percussive Arts Society in Oregon, Colorado and Indiana. His compositions are published by Dutch Music Partners, Matrix Publishing and Alfred. He endorses Encore Mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Mallet Instruments.

Audio: Douglas Walter and the CU-Boulder Jazz Faculty 
This composition, Homonyme Fils, by Professor of Percussion Doug Walter was part of a performance on the Faculty Series October 14, 2008. The evening featured compositions by CU-Boulder Jazz faculty. Professor Walter is featured on this track playing jazz marimba.