James Welch

James Welch

James Welch

Class Piano & Staff Accompanist

James.Welch@fredonia.edu

Mason Hall 2152
716-673-3223 phone
716-673-3154 fax

Bio:

James Welch is on the faculty for The SUNY at Fredonia School of Music in Fredonia, NY as a collaborative pianist and instructor of class piano.  He has accompanied numerous students and faculty for instrumental juries and recitals, various master classes, and has vocal coached and accompanied many of their mainstage musicals.  James also serves on the faculty for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO, as a collaborative pianist.  In past summers he has worked on the faculties for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and The New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Program as a collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and vocalists on repertoire including art song, opera, musical theater, choral, jazz, pop and instrumental.  He has performed for Peter Schickele, Renee Fleming, Lee Hoiby, Dawn Upshaw, Jake Heggie, Ian Clarke, Eric Ewazen, and Jason Robert Brown.
 
As a soloist James was a Second Prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International Piano Competition.  He has performed recitals at State University of New York at Fredonia, SUNY Buffalo, East Carolina University, Morgan State University, Texas Weslyan University, Western Oregon University, The Rocky Ridge Music Center, Lucca Italy, and at the Music at Ambialet Piano Festival (now known as Music at Albignac) in Ambialet, France.  
2016 has been an eventful year for James.
 
2016 highlights included his debut at the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Society in Ontario, Canada with the Antero Winds Quintet; his music directing debut with O’Connell & Company in Buffalo, NY which included the Buffalo premiere of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days; a premiere recording with euphoniumist, Erik Lundquist of a sonata from euphonium and piano by Neil Flory; a debut performance with violinist Kaden Culp in Weill Recital Hall in New York, NY; an album release titled Invisible Cities with soprano saxophonist, Jacob Swanson; and the New York State premiere performance of Amanda Harberg’s sonata for clarinet and piano with clarinetist, Elizabeth Widzinski.  Currently in production, is recording a with saxophonist, Grant Larson which will include a premiere of Philip Wharton’s work, Prohibition.  Future performance engagements include a duo piano recital tour with pianist Maryanne Kotylo and an invitation to premiere works written by Timothy Brown at the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia.
 
James holds a M.M. in Piano Performance from East Carolina University and a B.M. in Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from The SUNY at Fredonia, with additional studies in piano at the Music at Ambialet summer piano festival in Ambialet, France; and in collaborative piano and opera at the Accademia Europea Dell’ Opera in Lucca, Italy.

Bio:

James Welch serves on the faculty as a collaborative pianist and instructor of class piano. He has accompanied State University of New York at Fredonia students and faculty on various instrumental juries and recitals, various master classes, and has vocal coached and accompanied many of the mainstage musicals. In 2008 and 2009 he accompanied the Lyric Arts student performing ensembles’ tour of the Marche region of Italy in collaboration with the Postacchini String Quartet, and master classes at the Conservatorio G.B. Pergolesi (Fermo, Italy) with Tenor, Giuseppe Sabatini. He has also performed for Peter Schickele, Renee Fleming, Lee Hoiby, Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Jake Heggie and most recently Ian Clarke, Judy Kuhn, Eric Ewazen, and Jason Robert Brown.

James also serves on the faculty as a collaborative pianist for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO. In past summers he has worked on the faculties for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, The New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Program, and the Drama Enrichment Program as a collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and vocalists on repertoire including art song, opera, musical theater, choral, jazz, pop and instrumental.

In the theater his most recent directing credits include Annie Get Your Gun with Niagara Regional Theater Guild, The Last 5 Years with New Buffalo Productions (which also included a performance for Jason Robert Brown), The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Lytes, as well as many scenes and Broadway review productions. Other recent theatrical production credits include the preparation of vocals for a performance with Jason Robert Brown in a review concert of his music. Assistant directing and vocal coaching credits include musical productions of The Secret Garden, Chicago, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown, Pippin (the original), and The Wizard of Oz; operetta productions of Iolanthe and The H.M.S. Pinafore; and opera productions of Così fan tutte and Suor Angelica.

As a soloist, James was a Second Prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International Piano Competition. He has performed at Fredonia, SUNY Buffalo, East Carolina University, Morgan State University, Western Oregon University, The Rocky Ridge Music Center, Portland, OR, Lucca Italy, and Ambialet, France.

James holds a M.M. in Piano Performance from East Carolina University and a B.M. in Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from Fredonia with additional studies in piano with Paul Roberts from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, at his summer festival in Ambialet, France, and in collaborative piano and opera at the Accademia Europea Dell’ Opera in Lucca, Italy.

 
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