Stephen Walt has been on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts since 1999, where he holds the rank of Senior Lecturer. Mr. Walt is principal bassoonist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Bach Ensemble. Additionally he is Artist Associate in Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams College. He has performed with orchestras, opera companies and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, including performances with the Borromeo, Lark, Muir, Amernet, and Shanghai String Quartets. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg.
Mr. Walt plays on a Heckel bassoon made in 1958 for his father, Sherman Walt, the eminent former principal bassoonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The instrument is nicknamed “The Brussels” as it was exhibited at the 1958 World’s Fair in that city as an example of German artisanship.