Welcome to the John Child Walker Music Competition website!

The John Child Walker Music Competition held on May 27, 2017, was a tremendous success!  A big "thank you!" to all students, parents and teachers who contributed their time and talent to this event. We hope everyone who participated carries away a sense of accomplishment, no matter where they placed. We also hope to see many of you back in 2018!

The names of all 2017 winners, along with a photo, is posted under the "Winners" menu tab.

Please feel free to contact us at walkermusiccompetition@gmail.com if you need further information, or send a note to:

John Child Walker Music Competition
PO Box 1375
Claremont, CA 91711.


Development of individual musical excellence and artistic potential of young talented area musicians. 


Thatcher Music Building, Pomona College
340 N. College Ave. (corner of College and 4th St.)
Claremont, CA 91711


Students enter this Competition according to their age on May 27th, or are high school seniors who reside in the Greater Pomona Valley Area. Their teachers must also either live in the area or be members of the Musicians’ Club. 

Additional info is available on the Rules page. 


The Walker Competition has grown throughout the years but remains primarily a local area music competition.

It was started in 1954 as a scholarship competition for piano students by Mary Findlay Walker, a prominent piano teacher in memory of her husband, John Walker.  She was a member of the Pomona Valley Musicians' Club, which has sponsored this popular event to the present day.


Whether you are a teacher, contestant, or community music lover, this competition is open for you to enjoy--from the all-day competition held in Thatcher Music Building to the public Winners' Concert awards ceremony in the evening, where the first-place winners of the day perform.