Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind),

Australian National University

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Sally Walker began her position of Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University in 2018. Prior to this, she was of Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle for twelve years, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She teaches a wide range of repertoire, integrating historically informed performance practice into students' study on modern flute and piccolo, as well as on historical flutes.


She has been a guest Lecturer for the Royal Academy of Music (Sweden), Royal Irish Academy of Music (Ireland), Anton Bruckner Privat Universität Linz (Austria), Kobe University (Japan), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), Instituto Universitario Patagónico de Artes (Argentina), Australian National Academy of Music, Griffith University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been a featured masterclass and recital guest at the Swedish and Australian Flute Festivals. She has tutored the Management Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Germany) and the Australian, Queensland, Sydney and Newcastle Youth Orchestras. She enjoys hosting international and local flautists as guest teachers to her students as well as travelling to regional centres to teach.


Former students have won prizes in the James Carson Memorial Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 2MBS Radio Young Performer competition, Bad Durkheim Chamber Music Competition (Germany), Jugend Musiziert Competition (Germany), have received awards from organisations such as the DAAD, Fullbright Foundation, Freedman Fellowship, Ian Potter Foundation, Churchill Fellowship, Australia Council, Helpmann Academy, New Music Network, hold orchestral positions in Australia, Estonia, Germany and have performed in the Verbier, Lucerne, Bruckner, Pacific, Bang on a Can, Pärnu and Aldeburgh Festivals and in Ensembles including Eighth Blackbird (USA), Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Southern Cross Soloists (Australia) as well as forming their own ensembles such as The Tone Camerata (selected for the New Music Network mini series) and Vanishing Shapes, which feature non-western flutes as well as the standard flute used in innovative ways.

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Supervision Experience



Flute and Physiology

Imagery, Symbolism and Performance Practice in George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae


Solo composition for Piccolo

Tongue placement in French Flute music

Pilates and physiotherapy in application with the flute embouchure


Unaccompanied Flute repertoire of the Twentieth Century

Comparisons of recordings of Mozart's Flute Concerto in G


Gaubert and the French Flute School


Preparation of multiple fingering systems


Chinese Flute literature and its interactions with western flute


Steve Reich Vermont Counterpoint

Research Areas


  • Flute, piccolo and historical flute performance and repertoire

  • Orchestral music

  • Chamber music 

  • Composer/performer collaborations

  • Inter-disciplinary collaborations

  • Flute and physiology

  • Australian Music

  • World music





Resonate, Limelight,

Musicological Society of Australia

Links of select former students