pursued a life in music as a classical guitarist from 1988 to 1995 (and sporadically in years following) studying with Theodore Norman at UCLA, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in guitar performance in 1995. His work as a soloist and as a founding member of the Modern Arts Guitar Quartet transitioned to work as a teacher and then into the world of nonprofit arts management where he works today. As a guitarist, Walter has had a particular focus on modern music, inspired by his mentor, Theodore Norman, who was the subject of his MFA thesis. In it, he explored the performance practice of Norman’s music for solo guitar and his unique place in the instrument’s history. In 2008, Walter returned to focused work on solo guitar repertoire, again with a particular interest in Theodore Norman’s original music, in addition to the rich body of music from all periods Norman transcribed for the instrument. Walter is now having a great time returning to ensemble repertoire with the formation of ensemble FRET. Oh, and Ted – it’s 16/34.