During this time he also served as the assistant conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra from 1980 until 1990. Welcher's compositions include concertos, symphonies, vocal literature, piano solos, and various kinds of chamber music. He also wrote two operas, Della's Gift, which premiered at in Austin in 1987, and Holy Night, which premiered in 2004. Della's Gift has been performed with several opera companies including the New York City Opera. With over one hundred works to his credit, Welcher is currently one of the most-played living composers still writing. His works have been performed by such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the St.
Louis Symphony Orchestra. His music is published by the Theodore Presser Company, among others. Recently completed works include Personal Ads: Eight Cabaret Songs, which is a song cycle for piano, soprano and tenor, and the Fifth Symphony, recently premiered by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. According to Welcher himself, the opera, The Yellow Wallpaper "...once [it has been] presented and recorded, will quickly take its place in the repertory of one-woman tours-de-force, like Poulenc's opera LE VOIX HUMAINE."[cite this quote] Welcher’s numerous accolades include awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Music Center, and ASCAP. Welcher currently holds the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Professorship in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, teaching music composition, and serving as Director of the UT New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1978.
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