Elaine R. Walter (B. M., Anna Maria College; Ph. D., The Catholic University of America), professor. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music faculty member since 1963, assistant dean 1974-81, and dean from 1982 to 2001. Former member of the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music; reaccreditations visitor for member schools; and frequent panelist and adjudicator, among other professional activities. Has chaired the university’s Academic Senate, served on the Board of Trustees of Anna Maria College, chaired a music committee of the National Inaugural Committee for Ronald Reagan, and participated as a judge for The Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions, the NEA/ USIA Arts Program, the U. S. Department of Education Jacob Javits Fellowship Program, and Fellowships for Teachers of the Arts at the Kennedy Center.
Currently, as founder (1978) and general manager of The Summer Opera Theatre Company, a professional and national company independent from but in residence at The Catholic University of America, continues on its Board of Directors and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Music and liturgy, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Recipient of numerous awards for her work on behalf of the school, university, and local/ national arts organizations and endeavors.