Mr. Donald J. Walter teaches orchestra and band at Northwest Guilford Middle School and is the Director of Orchestras at Northwest Guilford High School. Also, he is the Lead Orchestra Teacher for Guilford County Schools and Chair-Elect of the Orchestra Section of the NC Music Educators Association. During his eleven years at NWMS, Mr. Walter has grown enrollment in band and orchestra to more than 360 students and overseen the expansion of the program to encompass two full-time teaching positions.
Mr. Walter is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds Bachelor and Master of Music in Music Education degrees from UNC Greensboro. He has presented teaching clinics at local, state, national, and international music education conferences. He has published an article about deliberate practice and neurobiology in the Music Educators Journal. Throughout his career, Mr. Walter has led groups to more than 40 "Superior” ratings at NC Western Region Music Performance Adjudications, and has had many students selected to county, district, regional, and all-state honor ensembles. Five times he has led groups in performance at the NC Music Educators In-Service Conference (2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, and 2006).
Mr. Walter is an active clinician who has conducted the high school and middle school NC Western Region Repertory Orchestras, the NC Junior Eastern Region District Two Orchestra, and numerous all-county orchestras throughout North Carolina. Additionally, he is a frequent guest conductor of the UNC Greensboro Sinfonia Orchestra. In 2015 Mr. Walter was named the Guilford County Schools Arts Educator of the Year and the NCMEA Orchestra Section Western Region Orchestra Director of the Year.
Mr. Walter lives in Greensboro with his wife, and two children.
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