Dr. Mary Alice Druhan
Dr. D is a Full Professor at A&M-Commerce where she has taught since 2002 as an inspiring mentor-teacher. Respected for a vital career in orchestra, opera, and military bands prior to moving to Texas, she has since been active as a member of the Dallas Winds, many chamber ensembles and projects including Color of Sound, Triforia Winds, Deux Eaux, CoCane, DFMM and more. Additionally, she is a solo performer in classical traditions and electronic and multimedia music.
Dr. Julee Kim Walker
A native Houstonian, flutist Julee Kim Walker remains an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Prior to her position here, she held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Grayson College, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. She is Artistic Director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Southeastern Symphonic Winds, Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble and Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Julee has also performed with notable flutists such as Ian Clarke, Amy Porter, Christina Jennings and Carol Wincenc.
Recent engagements include a Texas tour with the Texas Guitar Quartet, a performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, and recitals and masterclasses in Shanghai, China and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Overseas, she was flutist for the Austrian American Mozart Academy Opera Festival in Salzburg, Austria for four seasons, and also performed as Principal flutist with the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Festival in Perigueux, France, and the Red River Lyric Opera Festival in Wichita Falls, TX.
An esteemed teacher, Dr. Walker was the 2016 and 2020 recipient of the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and masterclass teacher all over the world, including at the University of North Texas, CU-Boulder, Florida State University, Shanghai Normal University in China, University of Talca in Chile, and the Guri Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
As an adjudicator, Dr. Walker has adjudicated for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Triennial, the Mid-South Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Oklahoma Flute Society, TMTA and MTNA competitions, as well as the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Competition and the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir and Newly Published Music competitions. Dr. Walker currently serves as the Past President of the Texas Flute Society, and serves on the National Flute Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She will join the NFA’s Executive Board of Directors in November 2021.
Dr. Walker has performed with The Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Winds, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, Lyric Stage and Abilene Philharmonic. Her principal teachers include Terri Sundberg, Tim Day, Karl Kraber, Christina Jennings and September Payne. Julee Kim Walker is a Conn-Selmer Artist.
Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Music Building, Finney Concert Hall
1614 State Highway 24, Commerce, TX 75428