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Mary Lu Walker

Singer, songwriter Mary Lu Walker has performed for audiences on several continents, delighting both children and adults. She began writing songs in 1970 about what she knew best - topics that interest and teach children. Her joyful melodies and simple, clear messages resonate with old and young alike.

In 2017, Mary Lu Walker received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, which recognizes ordinary people who do extraordinary things without any expectation of recognition or reward.

In 2008, Mary Lu Walker was inducted into the Steuben County, NY Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of earlier inductees including aviator Glenn H. Curtiss, Steuben Glass founder Frederick Carder and philanthropists Fred and Harriet Taylor.

In June, 2007, Walker was honored by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes with its Arts Partnership Award. She was cited for her ongoing work as a community scholar, "exploring the traditions of our area on her own, long before The ARTS had a folk arts program.”

She has performed in schools, universities, churches, concert halls, and open-air theaters across America and in Fiji, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, Japan, Pakistan, Ukraine and Russia. In 1989, at the invitation of the Children’s Theater of Lviv, Ukraine, she took part in "Children of the Earth," a musical which featured her children’s songs along with those of Serge Banyevitch, a noted St. Petersburg composer.

In 1993 and 1994 she traveled to Moscow to help create a “Duckling Parade” based on Robert McCloskey’s children’s book, "Make Way For Ducklings." In 1999, she appeared with the People’s Theater of Lviv, Ukraine in the premier of a children’s musical.

In 1997, on a project for the International Executive Service Corps (USAID) she spent two months in Zambia working with children in private and government schools. For six weeks in 1998, she was a guest lecturer at the College of Music in Harare, Zimbabwe. While living in the Fiji Islands from 1990 to 1992, she presented a weekly children’s radio program, “Share The Sunlight.”

She has conducted teacher workshops in Australia, Fiji, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. In 1986, she was elected an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization of outstanding members of the teaching profession.

Her music was a regular feature on the nationally syndicated PBS program Weekend Radio as well as on Woody’s Children on WQXR in New York City. WSKG Public Television in Binghamton, NY, annually aired Everybody Has A Song, two programs featuring Walker and six of her songs for children.

In the mid 1980’s, Walker was host and performer on Saints Alive, a series of 20 short video programs produced by ITV of the Archdiocese of New York.

Each year from 1984 to 1994, Walker received a Popular Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1989 she received the Arts Partnership Award from the Chemung Valley Arts Council. In 1994 the Girl Scouts of America honored her together with Astronaut Eileen Collins as “Women of Excellence Today.”

The music for four of Walker’s albums has been published in book form, and in August 1993, Friendship Press published A World of Children’s’ Songs, a collection of more than 100 children’s songs edited by Walker. In November of 1996, Paulist Press released The Best of Mary Lu Walker. The collection of 24 songs on CD or cassette was culled from six children’s albums recorded from 1973 to 1989. Her classic album, Middle Age Middle Class Mama Songs, was re-released as a CD in 1999.

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