Congratulations to School of Music senior Walker Konkle, who has been named the recipient of Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award for Creative and Performing Arts. This University-wide award is given to graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership and demonstrated excellence in the arts.
Walker is completing his bachelor’s degree in violin performance, and is a student of professor James Lyon. He is a member of Penn State’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He is the former principal second violinist of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra and former concertmaster of the Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra. He is also is an active theatre musician, performing regularly with the Penn State School of Theatre. He has been featured on radio stations such as WVIA and WRAK News/Talk.
In fall 2016, Walker became president of the Performing Arts Council, a University affiliate organization designed to break down the walls between student performing arts organizations on campus and to promote collaboration across styles and mediums. The organization encompasses five different genres – theatre, dance, vocal, instrumental and spoken word – and regularly hosts performances for each genre.