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Bradley Hunter Welch
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.
Dr. Welch is the 2003 First Place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having previously won it in 2000. In 2005, he was a featured artist at three regional conventions of The American Guild of Organists, and he made his European debut in France performing in the Chartres Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With the DSO, he gave the world premier of Stephen Paulus’ Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, the piece writ for Bradley as the winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition. 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, Texas. In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually under the exclusive artistic management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Hartford, Connecticut.
His premier recording is the first solo organ recording of the Cliburn Organ at Broadway Baptist Church, and his recording on the magnificent Fisk organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas is currently in production. Bradley is married to Kara Kirkendoll Welch, a flutist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University. They have a son—Ethan Hunter Welch
Dr. Peter Jarjisian
Dr. Peter Jarjisian has most recently been the Director of Choral Studies at Ohio University, conducting the University Singers, Choral Union and Singing Men of Ohio and teaching courses in Conducting, Choral Literature and Choral Methods. After completing music degrees at Susquehanna University and Temple University, he undertook further studies at Westminster Choir College, including intensive workshops with Robert Shaw, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned the DMA in choral conducting under Robert Fountain. He also studied choral and instrumental conducting with Robert Page, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Summer, Gene Young and Gail Poch.
As a member of symphonic choruses, Dr. Jarjisian has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Mostly-Mozart Orchestra. Those collaborations afforded him the opportunity to rehearse and perform under the batons of preeminent conductors including: Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Eugene Ormandy, Christopher Hogwood, Yoel Levin, Robert Shaw, and Robert Page. For fifteen seasons, he sang tenor and served as Assistant Conductor of the professional choir, The Robert Page Cleveland Singers. He has also sung with the Lancaster Chorale, and in 2008 he prepared the Chorale for holiday performances with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.
A native of Pennsylvania, he taught for ten years at Pequea Valley High School and served as Director of Choral Music at Franklin and Marshall College, Temple University-Ambler and the Shipley School. For fifteen seasons, he was Assistant Conductor of the professional choir, The Robert Page Cleveland Singers. In 2010-2011, Peter conducted the OMEA District 10 Honor Choir and the OCDA Summer Conference High School Honor Choir. Recently retired from Ohio University School of Fine Arts and Music, Dr. Jarjisian also serves as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Athens and is currently an instructor at the Hocking College School of Music.