Myron Welch, Conductor, UI Symphony Band
Myron Welch is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Iowa, where he conducts the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, coordinates the graduate program in band conducting, and teaches courses in instrumental methods, conducting, and band literature. In 2001, Dr. Welch was named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for his years of outstanding teaching, service, and dedication to the college.
Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Welch was Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He was also band and orchestra director at Okemos High School, Okemos, Michigan, where he developed superior ensembles in both mediums. A native of Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University, with majors in clarinet and bassoon. He earned the Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Illinois, where he was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Internship program and studied conducting with Dr. Harry Begian.
Ensembles under his direction have performed at state and national conventions for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Ohio Music Education Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Welch was a reviewer of new music for The Instrumentalist and is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He has appeared with the Goldman Band of New York City and numerous all-state bands, honor bands, and music camps throughout the country.
Dr. Welch is past-president of the American Bandmasters Association, past-president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, past-president and treasurer of the Big Ten Band Directors Association, and holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association (past-president, North Central Division), National Band Association (college/university representative), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (past-faculty advisor), and Music Educators National Conference.
Dr. Welch was awarded the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence in 1998. In 2000, he was recognized in the Music Educators National Conference publication, Teaching Music, for his superlative teaching skills and efforts to advance music in the education of young people. He was named the winner of the National Federation of State High School Associations "Outstanding Music Educator Award" for Iowa, 2004-2005, and the regional winner for 2005-2006. The Iowa Music Educators Association presented him with the IMEA Distinguished Service Award in December 2004, and he was selected as the 2005 Outstanding Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu International. In 2006, Dr. Welch received the Karl L. King Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Bandmasters Association. The Association of Concert Bands presented him with the Mentor Ideal Award in 2007. The University of Iowa Graduate College recognized Dr. Welch as an Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2007.