Award -winning guitarist and composer Joshua Walker began his musical journey at age 12. His career has afforded him the opportunity to perform with artists such as McCoy Tyner, Oliver Lake, Jon Irabagon, Steve Wilson, Sheryl Bailey, Joe Byrd, Gary Thomas, Ritchie Cole, Warren Wolf, and pop star Jason Mraz. He has been a member of groups that have opened concerts for artists such as Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Pat LaBarbara, and Charlie Byrd and the Washington Guitar Quintet. In 2011 he won Downbeat Magazine’s annual award for ‘Best Blues, Pop, or Rock Solo By An Instrumentalist at the College Graduate Level’, which is open to a world wide pool of candidates.
Joshua has also performed at festivals, venues, and events such as The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Toronto International Jazz Festival, The International Jazz Educator’s Conference, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama, Japan, and many other music venues, both locally and abroad. Since 2010, Joshua has held the guitar chair in the award winning Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra in Washington DC.
Joshua earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, began his graduate work at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and finished it at Howard University. During his time at Peabody, Joshua received multiple scholarships, including the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowment in Guitar, and received additional grants and scholarships during his time at Howard.
Joshua continues to perform prolifically in settings ranging from large ensembles, to trios, duos, and solo guitar. His first album of all original music, ‘Inertia’, is available directly from Joshua, from Guitar Nine Records, iTunes, and CDBaby.
Joshua currently serves as the Professor of Jazz Guitar at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is a member of the Guitar faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. and teaches a guitar class at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia
In January of 2020, we will celebrate the leadership of our 2019 Chair of the Board, Lisa Kimball (The Arc of Loudoun), and welcome in our new Chair for 2020, Stacey Metcalfe (Inova Loudoun Hospital) and honor the Community Leadership Awards finalists and winners.
Annual Real Estate Event
While Loudoun outperforms other Virginia counties on most economic measures, we still face many challenges to our future prosperity. Whether it’s our investment in Metro, a housing affordability crisis or attracting a millennial workforce, Loudoun’s challenges demand effective solutions.
On Monday, August 19, 2019, we will host our 37th Annual Golf Classic event at the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, The Club at Creighton Farms. This course is one of the finest on the Eastern Seaboard — is nothing short of spectacular. This event has been Loudoun County’s Premier business golf tournament for three decades.
The Loudoun Chamber Golf Tour is back for Round 8! This casual, networking tournament pairs you and a partner against a field of over 30 two-man teams in a progressive four month tournament. Designed with the busy professional in mind, each event consists of a 9 hole round after work, followed by a short networking reception to get you home in time to put the kids to bed. The team with the lowest cumulative score after four events is the 2019 Loudoun Chamber Golf Tour Champion.
Small Business Awards
Join us on November 8, 2019 for the Loudoun Small Business Awards, for our 25th Anniversary of these prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. Winners will be announced in front of a live audience of more than 400 of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders.
Superhero 5k & Kids Fun Run
As a Signature Chamber event, the Superhero 5k Run and Kids Fun Run offers companies a great way to show Loudoun County their commitment to healthy living for your employees and our community.
The Loudoun Chamber will honor local heroes, from Public Safety personnel to ordinary citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions in 2018 at the 34th Annual Valor Awards ceremony on Friday, April 12th at The National Conference Center. The entire Loudoun County business community is invited to attend these Annual Valor Awards to help honor these dedicated public servants for their selfless acts of heroism and commitment to protecting our families, our neighbors and our community!