Cecil Price Walden (b. 1991) is a composer and pianist based in Oxford, MS.
Price frequently writes works based on his experiences of the South. In October 2011, his large-scale work, “Leaves of Greens” was premiered at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford, which led Southern Living Magazine to name him one of their first ever “Heroes of the New South” (March 2012) Notable performances include the premiere of “hydrogen jukebox” by the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA Southern Regional and a performance of “Leaves of Greens” at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival by the Atlanta Opera. His song cycle, “Abide with Me: 5 songs of love” has been heard around the country, and was recorded by Jos Milton for Albany Records. 2017 sees the premiere of his first opera, The Contract Player, with librettist Lane Williamson.
In addition to composition and his work as a solo performer, Price also frequently performs as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He has been music director for the University of Mississippi Theatre Department since 2011 and was previously the music director for Ghostlight Repertory Theatre. He also frequently works as a freelance performer, and has appeared with the Memphis Symphony’s Opus One Ensemble.
Price studied Music and English at the University of Mississippi and is a piano student of Stacy Rodgers. In his extremely rare spare time, Cecil Price buys and intends to read books and goes on adventures with his miniature schnauzer, Orlo.