Strings Magazine Spotlights New Chair David Wallace
In a recent Strings Magazine profile, contributor Rory Williams writes that David "Doc" Wallace, Berklee’s new String Department chair, “pairs perfectly” with Berklee, “an institution that pioneered and continues to lead contemporary strings education.” Wallace, the author of Reaching Out: A Musician’s Guide to Interactive Performance, comes to Berklee after serving as a professor at the Juilliard School and a senior teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic.
An award-winning composer and champion Texas fiddler, Wallace is also a Grammy-nominated performer who has been broadcast as a soloist or chamber musician on NPR, CBS, ABC, PBS, and more. As a music educator, he has worked as a curricula author or consultant for performing arts institutions such as Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, among others.
Wallace tells Strings, "Part of the future of strings education is really committing to the creative musician. I’ve long been advocating for a music education that is comprehensive. By that, I mean that we’re not just teaching people to play an instrument—they can improvise, compose, and they’re fluent in multiple styles and multiple instruments."