The George Walker Center for Equity and Inclusion in Music was given a formal dedication on Saturday, April 16 2022. This new center will serve as a vehicle to not only bring our community together, but to do the difficult work of progressing towards equity and inclusion at the Eastman School of Music. The center is named for the late Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, George Walker ’56 (DMA, ’12 (Honorary)).
Ian and Gregory Walker comment, “The Eastman School of Music played a major role in our father’s artistic development, from the lasting support he received from Howard Hanson to the deep friendships he formed over the years with faculty. We hope that the George Walker Center for Equity and Inclusion in Music will serve as a resource for the artistic development and empowerment of other promising artists, as modeled by our father’s commitment to excellence and freedom of expression.”
“George Walker was one of Eastman’s most distinguished alumni, both because of the quality and integrity of his music, but also as a pioneer and role model through his perseverance and achievements.” shares Jamal J. Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean at the Eastman School of Music. “We are grateful to the Walker Family for allowing us to recognize Dr. Walker by naming our new Center for Equity and Inclusion in his honor.”