John Welsh brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and direction to the members of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. His past conducting engagements include Music Director positions with the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, the Prince William Symphony, Georgetown Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area Mr. Welsh has conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New World Symphony in Miami, at the Festival International Echternach Chamber Orchestra in Luxembourg, the Metropolitan Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, the Arlington Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Shenandoah Music Festival Orchestra. He has also held residencies at Indiana University. He regularly conducts the San Miguel Philharmonic in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Welsh is very proud to be the first Music Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra. Mr. Welsh holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Miami University in Ohio and a Masters in Conducting from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. While serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, he conducted the United States Air Force Band and Symphony and Military Airlift Command Band. His mentors include Richard Lert, Leo Mueller, Leon Barzin, Leon Fleisher, Kiril Kondrashin, Max Rudolph and Gustav Meier.
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