Ronald "Trey" Walton
Ronald Art Walton III or “Trey” joins Alliance for New Music-Theatre as a full company member following his triumph of a commission, composing the music-theatre work Voices of Zion: The Black Georgetown Cemeteries Project, produced in its premiere in Spring 2022 .
In the Fall of 2021, Trey led off the first of a series of artist recitals sponsored by New Music-Theatre in partnership with St Thomas’ Parish with “The Music of Ronald Walton.” In this, as in all his work, the artist is generous to his colleagues, and is especially sensitive to bringing in young artists to help them on their way.
A sobering fact is that Trey accomplished these two projects when he was only nineteen years old.
Born and raised in Washington, Trey has been performing and composing music since the age of twelve years old. His first full opera, where he served both librettist and composer, was entitled “Dear Louie.” Ronald Walton has written music in a wide variety of genres: chamber, orchestral, vocal, opera, and jazz. His works have been showcased in recital halls and churches on the east coast and recently abroad in Prague.
He is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and conductor. His versatile skills make him a sought-after musician. He has been part of the music ministry in several churches as a music director or organist and currently serves as organist at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, the area’s oldest African America Congregation.
Ronald also serves as the Jazz Ensemble Music Director for the Coalition of African American Performing Artists (CAAPA) and was recently appointed Cantate’s Young Artist of Color for the season 2022 -2023.
Trey is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in tuba performance. He currently attends the University of The District of Columbia as a piano performance major. Trey is working on a short opera called Sons of our Fathers and an orchestral work inspired by the history of Black Cowboys. He will also share compositional credits in New Music-Theatre’s expansion of a major work inspired by the artist Jacob Lawrence.