Executive Director, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Eddie Walker became executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary in April 2019. Using expertise gained in 30 years at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Eddie has guided Oklahoma Contemporary to its new location at NW 11th and Broadway. Eddie was named executive director of the Philharmonic in 1999. In this role, he supported and directed the institutional vision of the Orchestra in partnership with the board of directors, the music director, a professional full-time staff of 16 and 300+ volunteers. He joined the Philharmonic staff in 1989 and served in operations and as general manager before becoming executive director. Eddie has also worked as adjunct faculty at the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate management courses in music and entertainment disciplines. Eddie has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and has completed coursework in fundraising and arts strategies at Indiana University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2019 Eddie was recognized with the OU Regents’ Alumni Award and was inducted into the Maestro’s Circle by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Orchestra League. He is a member of Rotary Club 29, a graduate of Leadership OKC Class XXI and a proud husband and father of 18-year-olds Campbell and Samuel.