J. Steven Walker is the Director of Choral Activities and an Adolph Linscheid Distinguished Teaching Professor at East Central University. He is the conductor of the ECU Singers and the University Chorale. He has been active throughout his career as a choral clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted numerous all-region high school and junior high school choirs as well as judged choral contests at the district and state levels. The University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Walker took first place in the Golden State Choral Trophy International Choral Competition held in Monterey, California in November, 2016. The competition sponsored by Interkultur, included professional and university level choirs from Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. The University Chorale has been invited on five occasions to perform for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association at their state convention. Dr. Walker was chosen as an Exemplary Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association in 2014. In 2015, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Walker has served as an OSSAA District Vocal Contest manager for 32 years. He has been a music educator for 43 years.