World renowned organist to perform at Lake Erie College
Lake Erie College’s music department will be hosting organist James Welch on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Morley Music Building.
The program, which is free and open to the public, includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alberto Ginastera, Marco Enrico Bossi and Franz Schmidt, among others. Welch will perform these pieces on the newly restored Morris Skinner Organ.
Welch is the University Organist at Santa Clara University, where he has been on the music faculty since 1993. He also serves as organist of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. From 1977 to 1993, he served as University Organist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Earning a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from Stanford University, he studied with Herbert Nanney and served as assistant university organist. Welch has also studied organ with various organists around the globe and has performed in concerts worldwide.
In 1984, Welch was the recipient of a Fulbright award to pursue research on historical Cavaillé-Coll organs in Brazil. He has continued his research in Latin American organ music, and has presented lectures and recitals on this subject. Welch holds the Associateship Certificate of the American Guild of Organists. He has served on both the local and regional levels as an officer of the Guild and has performed several times at Guild conventions.