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Dan Walker : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: King Ludwig's swans : for four women's voices and harp by Dan Walker, from the CD Sirens

Photo of Dan Walker

Photo: Nicholas Gilbert

Melbourne composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia's most in-demand choral specialists. His compositional output includes commissions for Gondwana Voices, the Birralee Blokes, the Nittany Valley Children's Choir of Pennsylvania, Halcyon ensemble and the Sydney Children's Choir. He has been composer-in-residence for the Moorambilla Festival for the past six years and is often engaged to compose for ensembles both in Australia and abroad. His work, Out There, is a featured piece in the 2014 South Australian Primary Schools Choral Festival, where it will be performed by some 14 000 young singers in numerous venues across the state.

Dan is an also active arranger and regularly produces work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and record label ABC Classics. His work for television includes the iconic 2009 I Still Call Australia Home advertising campaign for Qantas.

As a performer, Dan is a member of Sydney-based Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and the Consort of Melbourne. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, often appearing as chorusmaster for the Sydney Symphony, and was an associate conductor of Gondwana Choirs from 2006 - 2014. He is now both musical director of the Melbourne group, Choristry, and the newly created 'Habeas Chorus', a choir for the Melbourne legal community.

Dan Walker — current to April 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist Mass of deliverance

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Wanderer : SATB choir with orchestra Arranged for the NSW Arts Unit Combined Primary Schools Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample Pilliga Girls Stomp : treble choir with piano Commissioned for the 2007 Moorambilla Festival
Digital sheet music sample High Flight : SATB choir (2022) Commissioned by Liz McKenzie for Igitur Nos Chamber Choir
Yúya Karrabúra : SATB choir (2018) Commissioned by Ed and Jane Suttle for Sydney Chamber Choir
Advent Cantata : for multiple choirs, vocal soloists, congregation and ensemble (2017) Commissioned by St James, King St Sydney.
Digital sheet music sample The hooves of fate : for SSAATTBB choir with percussion (2015) Commissioned by Voyces.