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Dan Welcher (b3/02/1948)

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 has been steadily fulfilling that promise ever since. With nearly one hundred 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 United States, and was for ten years Assistant Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From 1975 to 1990, he was a member of the artist faculty at the Aspen Music Festival. 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 Corporation at Yaddo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, 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 commissions from the Utah Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and two consortia of wind

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