Olga Walden

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: California State University Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Olga Walden, Professor Emeritus at California State University Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

The first clue that Dr. Walden was destined to go into education occurred during her childhood, when she would line up her stuffed animals and pretend to teach them. After moving to the United States, her love of education continued to grow, whereupon she attended the University of Southern California to earn a MusB in 1954, a MusM in 1957 and later a PhD in 1970. She started her career as a teacher at Stevenson Junior High School and then at Fairfax High School. In 1972, she joined the faculty at California State University and remained at the institution until her retirement in 1996. Upon retiring, she received the honorary title of professor emeritus. She has also served as a visiting professor at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate School, Pasadena City College and Los Angeles City College.

In 1988, Dr. Walden received an Outstanding Professor Award from her place of work. She has also received a Trustees’ Outstanding Professor Award from the California State University System. She was a grantee of the institution from 1974 to 1975 and again from 1975 to 1976. From 1966 to 1967, she was a Fulbright Grantee in Venice, Italy, and earlier in her career, she was a music scholar of the Ebell Club from 1953 to 1954. Throughout her career, she has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations, including the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and Friends of Music with the California State University.

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