Assistant Professor, Voice

Dr. Jamison Walker commands an impressive vocal range and an extensive repertoire. From opera and oratorio to musical theater and pops, Walker has performed in recital, opera, symphonic, and academic settings, nationally and internationally across the United States and in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Walker’s voice has evolved, over the past several years, toward a more dramatic bent. His most recent performance with his new repertoire includes Canio in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Opera in the Ozarks under the baton of Thomas Cockrell (summer 2016). Additional new roles in his repertoire include: Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juiliette, Hoffman in Les contes d’Hoffman, Radames in Verdi's Aida, Tito in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, Paul in Korngold's Die tote Stadt, and Parsifal in Wagner's Parsifal.

His early vocal years were spent with lighter tenor roles of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the Rossini leading tenor roles in Il Barbieri di SivigliaLa Cenerentola, and L’Italiana in Algeri. He has appeared with Augusta Opera, New World Opera, Florida Grand Opera, First Coast Opera, and Central Florida Lyric Opera and is frequently featured as an oratorio soloist in Handel’s Messiah, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Before completing his education, Mr. Walker served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the U. S. Army. He performed in over 400 venues as soloist for the Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon with the Army Band. After completing a Vocal Performance degree at Stetson University, Mr. Walker was awarded a graduate assistantship in opera and studio voice at Florida State University, obtaining a Master of Music and a Doctor of Music in vocal performance. Dr. Walker has served on the faculties of Troy University, Stetson University, The Kaiwen School in Beijing, China, and has joined the Faculty of James Madison University in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Voice.

Voice Professors and Instructors

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Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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