As a teacher of the Suzuki talent education method, Walt has taught at several schools, including the Preucil School of Music (Iowa), Lawrence University (Wisconsin) and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan). He has also served as a section coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and High School District 211 (Illinois).
A great fan of chamber music, Walt has treasured the 25 seasons he has performed with Midsummer’s Music Festival. In 2013, maestro Sir Andrew Davis appointed Walt Acting Principal Cello of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He and his wife Stephanie (a violinist) have three sons, all string players.