I know that teaching is making me a better performer. I know I am more aware of a technique that works. I know that discipline reaps a reward. I am still a student evolving, now giving back to young artists and learning from their very important discoveries, doubts, and fears. Those never go away; they seem to evolve as well. One just better knows how to assimilate the information in order to process it into an action. The action is communication on a musical line. The art is singing. I, the teacher, am still the student.
I love what I do, I love music, and I love singing. Most of all, I love helping others find such passion as I have.
- In 1994, I was an original cast member in Chicago’s Forever Plaid. The quartet ensemble was comprised of such sensitive, accomplished and musical singer/actors. Every show was a pleasure to sing such beautiful music with such gifted musicians. The musical received four Joseph Jefferson awards, including "Best Ensemble."
- In 1998, I was cast in The Irish and How They Got That Way at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago. The show was a huge success and ran for 13 months. I received a Joseph Jefferson award nomination for “Best Actor in a Review.” I was also the pianist, musical director, and arranger for over 30 musical numbers. The true highlight for me was when director Charlotte Moore (Irish Repertory, NY) asked me to pick a song and open Act 2 with it with just me at the piano. I chose “My Wild Irish Rose.” Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times gave me the following review: “And when Greg Walter—the superb music director who sits at the piano like a wizened and somewhat suspect leprechaun throughout the show—launches into a ravishing version of Wild Irish Rose, romanticism lives.”
- In 2001, I was tenor soloist with orchestra for “An Evening of Lerner and Lowe” at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago, conducted by Erich Kunzel. The performance was for 1,500 in the main pavilion with over 12,000 people on the lawn. It was exhilarating and my parents, friends, and other family members attended from all over the country.
- A choral arrangement I composed, "Down in the River to Pray," was recorded by the Chicago Chamber Ensemble on their CD, At the River, and my arrangement was chosen by the publishing company to be used to advertise the CD.
- I was singing with the West End Chancel Choir from Nashville at a concert at the Coventry Cathedral in England and the Coventry choir and boys’ choir were also performing. After a very long concert of difficult choral music, my big solo number in the spiritual, "Ain’t Got Time to Die," ended and the entire congregation started clogging their feet against the wooden floor along with the applause. It was truly an encore that I had never experienced in my life.
- In 1998, I was the understudy for the tenor and the pianist in Chicago’s Northlight Theatre’s national tour of Masterclass. My music director was Jeff Lewis, who taught music and singing to the actors at what was then called the North Carolina School of the Arts. I never expected to end up joining the faculty of the School of Drama in Winston-Salem in just five years. Thank you Jeff Lewis!