Sherman Walt became the Principal Bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1953 when Charles Munch was Music Director and he retired at the end of the BSO’s 1988-89 season after 36 years with the Orchestra as its principal bassoonist. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Walt was principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five years. He performed frequently as a soloist with the BSO, and recorded Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO for the Deutsche Grammophon label. As a longtime member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Players, Mr. Walt performed a wide variety of chamber music literature. He was a faculty member of Tanglewood and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a former professor of music at Boston University.
Mr. Walt studied music at the University of Minnesota under the sponsorship of Dimitri Mitropolous and continued his training at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included Ferdinand Del Negro and Marcel Tabuteau.
Mr. Walt was born in Virginia, Minnesota. During World War II, he served in the 83rd Infantry Division as a test pilot. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star.
Sherman Walt’s other interests included cooking, skiing, riding motorcycles, playing with his eight grandchildren, collecting classical cars and decorating his home in the Berkshires.