Charles Walton received his BME degree from the University of Michigan in 1956. He then returned for a Vocal Performance degree in 1960 and a Masters in Music History from UM in 1961. He then began his career at the University of Idaho where he taught until his retirement in 1996. While at U of I he taught Voice, created and established the Opera Workshop program, developed the Opera & Vocal Literature classes, taught Music History, and initiated a course in Alexander Technique. He also worked in cooperation with the U of I Theatre Department on numerous musical and opera productions.
Charlie began his affiliation with MENC as a Collegiate Member at the University of Michigan. His membership continued during his tenure at the University of Idaho. As a member of IMEA/MENC he has judged various Large Group and Solo & Ensemble Festivals around Idaho, presented workshops and seminars at various All-State Conferences, and performed at IMEA All-State Conferences in Moscow and Boise.
Charles is not only a member of MENC/IMEA, but is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and NOA (National Opera Association). Numerous voice students have received NATS awards and have been finalists in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Charlie enjoys reading, traveling and attending concerts. Since his retirement from the U of I he has played the piano weekly for services at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Moscow.