Residence: Richmond, KY
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance & Theory/Composition (2016), Eastern Kentucky University
Master of Music in Choral Conducting (2018), Eastern Kentucky University
Michael Brian Welch’s warm and vibrant tenor voice has established him as an up and coming tenor soloist throughout the Bluegrass State. Michael’s tenacious conducting style continues to inspire singers around the region to engage in thrilling choral performances, most recently with Voices of Light, a community chamber choir based in Richmond, Kentucky.
Originally from Frenchburg, Kentucky, Michael has been a musician since his early childhood. Early on, Welch demonstrated a passion for singing in churches. Over the years, he has gone on to explore composing, conducting, and theater. Upon reaching college, Welch discovered and cultivated a passion for conducting and composing choral music, as well as teaching voice.
As a tenor, Welch has sung in a variety of settings, ranging from Gabriel von Eisenstein in Eastern Kentucky University’s production of Die Fledermaus, to Sky Masterson in Kentucky Classic Theatre’s run of Guys and Dolls, to oratorio solos such as Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns and Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (BWV 182) by J.S. Bach. A versatile soloist, Michael has also performed in numerous art song recitals and enjoyed many opportunities as a Gospel soloist in various churches. He has performed in choirs under the direction of notable conductors and composers such as Jeffery Ames, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jake Runestead, David Greenlee and Scott Terrell.
Michael keeps an active schedule as a conductor, composer and clinician. He was formerly a graduate conductor at Eastern Kentucky University, where he assisted direction of the EKU Choral Ensembles. In 2016, he premiered seven works for solo voice and chamber ensembles at Eastern Kentucky University. Michael completed his most recent commission in 2019, premiering “Seaside” (for SATB Choir) at Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida.
Michael served as the Director of Music Ministry at First Christian Church (DOC) of Georgetown, Kentucky from 2017-2018.
Since 2018, Michael has performed as a tenor chorister and soloist with the Kentucky Bach Choir, a professional choir based in Lexinton, KY, directed by Marlon Hurst.
He was recently a sabbatical replacement, serving as Adjunct Instructor of Choral Music at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where he directed the Concert Choir and taught choral conducting.
In 2019, Michael formed the Wellspring chorus, a treble chorus for home school students in Central & Eastern Kentucky. This chorus currently has 20 members spanning
elementary, middle, and high school grades.
Michael received the Bachelor of Music degree with duals emphasis: voice performance and theory/composition as well as the Master of Music degree in choral conducting, both from Eastern Kentucky University. He has studied conducting with Richard Waters, voice with Joyce H. Wolf, composition with Thomas Couvillon and Adam Sovkoplas as well as piano with Richard Crosby and Bernardo Scarambone. Michael has performed in master classes led by Daniel Khoen, Sherri Phelps, Kurt Jennings, Phyllis Jenness, and Barry Lawrence. He holds memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators and Society of Composers.
He currently lives in Richmond, Kentucky with his wife, Brittney.
Victoria Bach Festival | Choral Fantasy Op. 80 (Ludwig van Beethoven) | 2020
Kentucky Bach Choir | Himmelskönig, sei willkommen BWV 182 (J.S. Bach) | 2019
Aria "Jesu lass durch Wohl und Weh"
Eastern Kentucky University | Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein| 2018
Voices of Light | "Begin, My Soul, to Sing" Concert Series | 2019-Present
Co-founder, Artistic Director & Conductor
Eastern Kentucky University | Conductor -Concert Choir | Spring 2019
First Christian Church, Georgetown, KY | "Go Out with Joy" Concert Series | 2017-2018
Director of Music
Victoria Bach Festival | 2020
Kentucky Bach Choir | 2018-Present
Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra | Requiem (Verdi) | 2019
Eastern Kentucky University| Die Fledermaus | 2016
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Eastern Kentucky University | Rumpelstiltskin | 2015
Eastern Kentucky University | The Mighty Casey | 2014
Snedker the Pitcher
St. Mark Catholic School | Music Teacher | 2020-Present
General Music Teacher, Pre-K - 5th Grade
Welch Music Studio | Voice Teacher | 2018-Present
Teaching Private Voice Lessons
Eastern Kentucky University | Adjunct Instructor | 2019
Director of Concert Choir, Choral Conducting Instructor
"Seaside" | for unaccompanied SSAA Choir | 2019 at Park Vista Community High School
"A Clear Midnight"| for unaccompanied SATB Choir | 2017 at Eastern Kentucky University