James Welch

James Welch
James Welch
Adjunct Lecturer
Area: Piano/Organ, Music Education
Mason Hall 2152

Masters of Music, East Carolina University, 2005

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.

Teaching Interests

Exercises and techniques that aid in the development of the fundamentals needed for rudimentary keyboard use in all the professional disciplines of music and the arts.

Instrumental Repertoire, Vocal Repertoire, Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Rock, Pop music.

Research Interests

New and innovated beginning keyboard techniques. Studies from young adults that teach beginning keyboard technique and incorporate numeric and sequential analyses of exercises and physical movement. (This study is currently under trial/discovery and has yet to be titled)

Theoretical Analyses and Historical Research of music, pertaining to the improved styling of practice and performance.