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 SUNY 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 SUNY 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.