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Walt Puyear is the Lecturer of Saxophone at Eastern Michigan University. As a soloist, Walt was the 1st prize winner in Vandoren’s 2021 Emerging Artist Competition and was a finalist and prize winner in the 2022 Walter Naumburg International Saxophone Competition. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony and the University of Michigan Chamber Winds. His recent engagements include a guest artist recital for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and performances with the New World Symphony.


In the fall of 2022, Walt served as a sabbatical replacement at the University of Michigan, teaching applied saxophone, chamber music, and studio class. At the University of Michigan, Walt currently serves as a Graduate Student Instructor and is perusing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Michigan. Walt’s primary teachers include Timothy McAllister, Zach Shemon, and Andrew Bishop.

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