Steven Walter is one of a few individuals in the world to be widely known as both a classical guitar builder and performing artist. As a guitar builder, he has made over 170 instruments played by professionals, collectors, and students throughout the country.

As a performer, Walter has been a major prizewinner in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition, and was invited to be a guest soloist for the inaugural concert of the San Pedro Sula Filarmónica in Honduras. In the U.S., he often performs concerts with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kristen Walter, and continues to perform solo recitals and as an orchestral soloist. Classical Voice North Carolina has described Walter's playing as "performance with cool intellect and a virtuoso technique ... and a sound so appealing you have no idea how hard it is to create."

Walter has done extensive research on the composer Benjamin Britten, culminating in a treatise on Britten's Nocturnal for solo guitar and its relationship to the composer's other works about night, sleep, dreams and death. Currently he records for the Sonari record label, which carries his debut recording entitled "Steven Walter – Guitar," containing solo works by Turina, Sor, Assad, Bach, Brouwer and Rodrigo. An enthusiastic and devoted teacher, Walter has been at Furman since 1997, teaching guitar and music history.

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Ideas in the Arts

Investigation of certain ideas and how they manifest themselves in drama, visual arts, and music.


Guitar Ensemble


Introduction to Music

Introduction to the fundamentals of music, exploring a variety of musical genres, and developing an appreciation of the diverse musical genres. Although the focus157 for each section varies, all sections address certain fundamentals of music: listening skills, cultural context, historical development, musical vocabulary, musical structure, and style. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. Descriptions of the sections are published during the enrollment period for each term.


Guitar Class I

Introduction to guitar skills. Intended for students with no guitar skills. Emphasis is on achievement of basic proficiency in chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns, and basic finger styles.


Guitar Class II

Continuation of MUS-108. Emphasis is on chord playing, note reading, strumming patterns and basic finger styles through learning various songs. Also designed for students with prior guitar playing experience.


Music History I

The development of musical style, covering the period from Antiquity to c. 1650. Representative examples of music are discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context and the philosophical origins of Western music.


Music History II

The stylistic development of Western European art music within the broader context of European history. It will also explore the relationship of music history to other forms of historical inquiry.


Music History III

A survey of the development of musical style from ca. 1890 to the present. Representative musical examples are heard, studied and discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context.


Guitar Methods

Designed to prepare music educators to teach the fundamentals of guitar performance at the elementary and secondary school levels. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogy and course management as well as performance skill.


Literature of the Instrument

Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area. Students (typically performance majors) channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium

I believe in teaching the whole musician: technically, musically and academically.

  • Guest soloist for the inaugural concert of the San Pedro Sula Filarmónica in Honduras
  • Arida Foundation Artist of the Year (2008)
  • Finalist and fourth place winner, Guitar Foundation of America International Competition (1991)
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