Dan E Welcher
Critic Royal S. Brown, writing in High Fidelity magazine in 1974, called Dan Welcher "one of the most promising American composers I have heard." Welcher, now fifty-two, has been steadily fulfilling that promise ever since. With over seventy works to his credit, more than half of which are published, Welcher has written in virtually every medium, including opera, concerto, symphony, wind ensemble, vocal literature, piano solos and various kinds of chamber music. Also a highly respected conductor, Welcher has made guest appearances with a number of leading professional orchestras and ensembles in the US, and was for ten years Assistant Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Dan Welcher has won numerous awards and prizes from institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Reader's Digest/Lila Wallace foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet The Composer, the MacDowell Colony, the American Music Center, and ASCAP. From 1990 to 1993, he was Composer in Residence with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (Donald Johanos, Music Director). His orchestral music has been performed by more than fifty orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. His recent large works include an orchestral work commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra entitled BRIGHT WINGS: VALEDICTION FOR LARGE ORCHESTRA, premiered in Dallas in March of 1997; an overture entitled SPUMANTE commissioned by the Boston Pops, and premiered by that orchestra under its Music Director, Keith Lockhart, in May of 1998; an oboe concerto entitled VENTI DI MARE premiered in February 1999 by oboist John Snow with the Rochester Philharmonic under Peter Bay, and JFK: THE VOICE OF PEACE, an hour-long oratorio for narrator, solo cello, chorus and orchestra, premiered by the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus, with cellist Paul Tobias and narrator David McCullough, in March 1999. His most recent premiere took place in September of 1999: ZION, an orchestral tone-poem written for the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and premiered by that ensemble under Keith Lockhart. Dan Welcher holds the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Professorship in Composition at The University of Texas at Austin.