Amber Walker is a freelance flutist, music educator, and arts administrator from Phoenix, AZ. She currently serves as the Band and Orchestra Director at Royal Palm Middle School, the Associate Director of Oh My Ears (OME), and as a board member for the AZ Flute Society. Amber performs regularly as a soloist specializing in contemporary flute repertoire and as a member of the OME House Band, a large open-score chamber ensemble. She also maintains a private flute studio and is active as a flute judge and clinician.
Amber was formerly the 2nd Flutist with the Longview Symphony Orchestra in Longview, TX, and has also previously performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in Flagstaff, AZ. Her performance accolades include First Place in the graduate/professional division of the 2015 Denise Jennings Competition, Third Place in the undergraduate division of the 2012 Arizona Flute Society Competition, and selection to perform in the 2013 Oberlin Flute Intensive Workshop with Alexa Still.
While she is a thoughtful and highly proficient performer of music from all genres, Amber is most drawn to music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. As a soloist, Amber’s primary focus is on works by living composers, especially those that include extended techniques, electronics, and multi-disciplinary elements. Recent performances include Phoenix Arts Amplified, a music and visual arts event hosted by the Phoenix Art Museum, and the 2018 OME Festival, where she premiered a piece written for her by composer and saxophonist Keaton Garrett entitled “The Sparrow.” Inspired by a piece of flash fiction written by Amber, “The Sparrow” explores extended techniques, drone elements, and concepts of spatial music.
Amber received a Master of Music in Flute Performance degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied with Dr. Christina Guenther and served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the flute studio. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Northern Arizona University, where she studied flute with Dr. Emily McKay. Amber is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota International Women's Music Fraternity, and The National Flute Association.