Bradley Welch

Bradley Welch

Organist
Hailed as "A world-class virtuoso" and "an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors," Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. A native of Knoxville, TN, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University where he studied with Joyce Jones. Dr. Welch has also continued his study of organ and piano technique with Sheila Paige. Additionally, he has taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University. He is Director of Music & Arts/Organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually under the exclusive artistic management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Hartford, CT.

2014 Breakout Sessions

Choral Collaborator:
How to Help Your Choir Be the Best It Can Be
Part I: Rehearsals
No matter the ability level of the choirs with which we collaborate, the artist at the keyboard has many opportunities to hasten the choir's progress in rehearsal as well as to support, inspire, and express inherent meaning in the music in worship/performance. This class will explore the tools that will help your choir bear the most fruit.
Choral Collaborator:
How to Help Your Choir Be the Best It Can Be
Part II: Worship/Performance
We will explore the ways the pianist/organist can best support, inspire, and express inherent meaning in the music in worship/performance.
New Wine in New Wineskins:
Planned Improvisation in Worship, PART I
The word "improvisation" frightens many organists, but in reality, the best improvisers have their own "bag of tricks" to use in creating a new song. This class will show various accessible tools for breathing new life into hymns and service playing.
New Wine in New Wineskins:
Planned Improvisation in Worship, PART II
Following Part I, this class will examine some more advanced techniques as well as allow the opportunity for class participants to try out some techniques.
The Organist's Palette: An Orchestra at Your Fingertips
The organ can be one of the most inspiring, colorful, and expressive instruments for leading worship when we maximize its potential. This class will demonstrate how to make the most of every instrument you play as a vehicle for worship.
Organ Masterclass I
An opportunity for attendees to perform organ pieces and receive constructive feedback
Organ Masterclass II
An opportunity for attendees to perform organ pieces and receive constructive feedback
Organ Masterclass III
An opportunity for attendees to perform organ pieces and receive constructive feedback