James Welch serves on the faculty as a collaborative pianist and instructor of class
piano. He has accompanied for SUNY Fredonia students and faculty on various instrumental
juries and recitals, the accompanying and vocal coaching of the mainstage musicals,
and various master classes. International experiences have included the Lyric Arts
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.
During the summer seasons James has served on the faculties for the Interlochen Summer
Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI), The New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Program
(Fredonia, NY) and the Rocky Ridge Summer Music Festival (Estes Park, CO), as an accompanist
for instrumentalists and vocalists on repertoire including art song, opera, musical
theater, choral, jazz, pop and instrumental.
As a soloist, James was a Second Prize winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Bouno International
Piano Competition (New York, NY), and has appeared in master classes and performed
at SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY), SUNY Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), East Carolina University
(Greenville, NC), Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), Portland, Oregon, and Ambialet,
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 SUNY Fredonia. He has spent the
past two summers studying piano with Paul Roberts from the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama, at his summer festival in Ambialet, France.