Born in Boston, Noralee Walker, violist, is a vibrant presence on the local arts scene, appearing regularly with the New England String Ensemble (NESE) and Emmanuel Music of Boston. As a freelance violist she performs with many groups, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Classical Orchestra, and the symphonies of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Springfield (MA).
Ms. Walker has extensive experience as a chamber musician, having played with the New England String Ensemble Virtuosi, the Fensgate Trio, Chrysallis, the Boston Viola Quartet, Ensemble Porteño, and the newly-formed Winchester-based Alcyon Ensemble. She is proud to be part of "String Fever," the official string quartet of Massachusetts' Young Audiences program, which brings live music to schools across the state.
A member of the WCMS faculty since 1996, Ms. Walker has taught at the Music on the Hill Festival, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Summer Camp, and the WCMS Summer Chamber Music Festival. She has also given master classes at the Performing Arts Center of Framingham and at the Warwick (RI) String Festival.
Ms. Walker is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Harid Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music. She is grateful for the input and encouragement of all her teachers including Leonard Matczynski, Victoria Chiang, Heidi Castleman, Jesse Levine, Michelle LaCourse, Burton Kaplan, and the members of the Tokyo and Lydian String Quartets.