Associate Professor of Music
String Area Coordinator
PAC 139; (360) 650-6856
- Master of Music: Catholic University
- Bachelor of Music: University of Michigan
Violinist Walter Schwede began studying when he was eight years old and was selected Concertmaster of the School Orchestra of America in 1965 as the youngest member of the tour. After undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, four years with the U.S. Air Force ensemble Strolling Strings and completing his Masters at Catholic University of America, he began his Ph.D. at New York University where he also taught violin. Mr. Schwede served as Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony from 1984-1997. During this time he was also Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1984 to 1988 and has frequently served as Concertmaster to the Seattle Opera, including its 2001, 2002, and 2005 Wagner Ring Cycles. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest he taught at Depauw University, Belmont College, the Blair School of Music, and was Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony. From 1988 to 1996 Mr. Schwede was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington. He joined Western's music faculty in 1997. At Western Washington University Mr. Schwede teaches violin and is Coordinator of String Studies.
Mr. Schwede is an active recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra. A few of the festivals he has participated in include the Grand Teton Festival, the Red Lodge Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, Mostly Mozart and Waterloo Music Festival. He has taught at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the Meadowmount School of Music. He is featured as a violinist in a Naxos label recording of the Violin and Piano Sonatas of Joseph Martin Kraus.