Andrew Jonathan Welch
Like Mozart, Fauré, and countless others before him, Andrew Jonathan Welch is a musician whose career combines performance, composition, leadership and education. Andrew serves as the artistic director of the Falmouth Chorale, which celebrates its 60th season this year with seven different programs including works by Mozart, Handel, Lutoslawski, and Rosephanye Powell, and others. Other upcoming performances include with the Epiphany Festival, a music festival he founded and leads in Washington DC, and a conducting appearance with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra. This summer he completed two piano-vocal reductions at the personal request of John Harbison and revised his 13-instrument reorchestration of Elgar’s The Music Makers, which will be performed by the City Choir of Washington this spring. Recent recording projects include a CD released on Tonsehen with trumpet player Luke Spence and with saxophonist, Noah Getz on Albany Records with whom he has premiered esteemed jazz saxophonist Chris Potter’s Sonata for Soprano Saxophone.
Additionally, Andrew is the director of music ministries at Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, MA, where he conducts the Allin Choir and performs weekly on the church’s historic 1912 Opus 197 E. M. Skinner organ. Andrew has written over twelve anthems for the Allin choir and has inaugurated an annual lessons and carols service alongside other concert performances for the group. He has also designed and instituted a young artist-in-residence program which has brought numerous high school students to Allin to study church music.
Andrew studied piano performance at American University, the University of Maryland, and the Aspen Music Festival. Currently, he teaches music theory and chamber music as part of the music faculty at Brown University and the New England Conservatory. He also maintains a private studio out of his home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he teaches piano and coaches professional singers.
Our inspiration comes from the countless experiences of beauty, both subtle and apparent, that surround us every day. Among the countless inspirational stewards with which Andrew has been privileged to traverse the frontier of music, he counts his principal teacher Rita Sloan, Yuliya Gorenman, Andrew Harley, Audrey Andrist, Carmen Balthrop, and his friend, Richard Giarusso, among the most influential.