California raised hornist Mike Walker is passionate about life, beer-making, french horn and all genres of music. His ultimate goal is to ignite the power of music in his students and audiences. Mike is the founder of Studio Forza, Second Horn in Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Associate Instructor of Horn at the prestigious Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.
Mike earned his Bachelors Degree from San José State University and his Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mike is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in horn with a minor in music history and natural horn. Mr. Walker currently studies horn with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. Equally at home in an orchestra, Mr. Walker has performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Bel Canto Institute, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony and is a performing artist with Melos Music. Mike is enjoying having teamed up with his opera singing wife Katie Dukes to create. Studio Forza, through which the Bloomington community is getting a loving earful of their creative juices!