Deanna Walker-Tipps

Alfred Author-Deanna Walker-Tipps

Deanna Walker-Tipps holds a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance Pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master's degree in Composition from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Walker-Tipps recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University.

Ms. Walker-Tipps co-authored Alfred's Basic Piano Library Composition Books, Levels 1–3. She recently adjudicated the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association composition contest, where her student, Katy Beck-Eichert, was the elementary level winner. The winning entry, an oboe and piano piece entitled View from the Grass, was later performed at the association's national convention in Nashville in March 1998.

Ms. Walker-Tipps has been a speaker at national, division, state and local MTNA conventions and has received numerous commissions for her compositions. Living Arts of Tulsa, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Council, presented a concert of Ms. Walker-Tipps' works on April 25, 1998. In the spring of 1997 Tulsa's premier chamber music society, Concertime, commissioned Theme and Motivations for piano trio. The piece was well received at its world premiere by the Tulsa ensemble Trio Brioso. Ms. Walker-Tipps also recently completed Trio, a work for saxophone, flute and piano that was commissioned by the Research Services Council of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and premiered in Chicago in March of 1998. One of her pieces, Suite for Two Pianos, won third place in the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year competition, which included noted composers from more than 30 states. Suite for Two Pianos had originally been commissioned by the Oklahoma Music Teacher's Association.