Stephen Walt is Artist Associate in Bassoon and Director of Woodwind Chamber Music at Williams, where he also performs as a member of the Williams Chamber Players and the Berkshire Symphony. Mr. Walt has been teaching and performing at Williams since 1988. In June 2019 Mr. Walt retired from the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra after thirty-seven seasons with the orchestra. In addition, he had been Senior Lecturer in Bassoon at the University of Massachusetts from 1999 until 2017. Mr. Walt 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. Mr. Walt has been guest artist at the Monadnock Festival, Musicorda, Music Festival of the Hamptons (NY), and Music From Greer (AZ) and has appeared on the Mohawk Trail Concerts and Williamstown Chamber Concerts series. He also performs with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, of which he has been a member since 1995. His primary teachers were Sherman Walt and Arthur Weisberg. He has recorded for Naxos, CRI, Decca, Koch International, Gasparo, Nonesuch and Albany Records.