Ms Sally Walker

Meisterklassendiplom (Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich), Künstlerische Ausbildung (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover), Bachelor of Music (University of Sydney)
Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

  • Orchestral Music
  • Chamber Music
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Woodwind performance and pedagogy
  • Music Performance research
  • Performer/Composer collaborations
  • Arts/Health


A graduate of the University of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, Germany (Masters) the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hanover, Germany (Graduate Diploma), the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Music degree and currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sydney Early Music Unit), flautist Sally Walker is a performer, academic and music educator.  She was awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) scholarship, an Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Award and the Queen’s Trust Prize for postgraduate study in Germany.

She was grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany), was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata and early and contemporary music ensembles, often collaborating with composers who have created works for her.

Sally is Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University, following twelve years as Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She has been a Guest Lecturer at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Music (Sweden), Anton Bruckner Privat Universität Linz (Austria), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), Instituto Universitario Patagónico de Artes (Argentina), Australian National Academy of Music, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and has been a featured masterclass and recital guest at the Swedish and Australian Flute Festivals.

Sally’s research embraces historical performance practice, music and physiology and composer/performer collaborations, resulting in the creation of new works and ERA-eligible creative outputs.  Her publications include conference papers (ISME, NACTMUS), conference presentations (Musicological Society of Australia, Performing Wellness Symposium, Australian Association of Hand Therapists Conference) and articles issued by Limelight and Resonate online publications.

Her creative practice as research outputs include regular engagements as Guest Principal Flute with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Principal Flute with the Omega Ensemble and concerto appearances.  This season, Sally will perform in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Canberra International Festival of Music and the Newcastle Music Festival.

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