Festival of Church Music at the Meyerson
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Experience a celebration of the music of the Christian faith, led by a 400 voice choir, brass, and the Lay Family organ in the magnificent Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. Choirs from across Texas will join with the congregation in singing hymns and spiritual songs that continue to inspire generations of Christians. Dr. Eric Nelson of Emory University will direct the chorus. Cynthia Nott, director of the acclaimed Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, will direct a children's choir, and Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch, organist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will play the Lay Family organ. This program will consist of the audience singing some of the great hymns of the Church, while the choir performs anthems by Brahms, Parker/Shaw, Hovland, Bairstow, Vaughan Williams, and a setting of Psalm 150 newly-composed by Dr. Nelson.
Dr. Eric Nelson, Festival Conductor
Eric Nelson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Emory University. He is also the conductor and Artistic Director of Atlanta Master Chorale. Dr. Nelson’s choirs have performed throughout the world, including London, Rome, Krakow, Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, Moscow, Seoul, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House. He has conducted choirs at eight American Choral Directors Association conventions. In the summer of 2016, to the astonishment of all who know him, he appeared with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones at Bobby Dodd stadium, leading the Concert Choir in the classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Dr. Nelson’s ensembles are characterized by the performance of repertoire in a wide variety of styles and for their ability to fuse technical precision with warmth of musical expression. He appears regularly as clinician, lecturer, and guest conductor for honor choirs, conventions, symposiums, workshops, and all-state choral festivals. Nelson is also past president of the GA ACDA.
He is the editor of the “Atlanta Master Chorale Choral Series,” a division of Morningstar Music Publishers and EC Schirmer. His compositions are also published by Colla Voce and Augsburg Fortress. He holds degrees in voice and conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.
Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch
Hailed as “A world-class virtuoso” (The American Organist) and “an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors,” (Birmingham News, Alabama), Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. He is the 2003 First Place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having previously won it in 2000. In August 2018, Bradley Hunter Welch was named Resident Organist and holder of the Lay Family Chair by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he’ll perform with the DSO and oversee the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Lay Family Concert Organ, built by C.B. Fisk. Dr. Welch also serves as Artist-in-Residence at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He has taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University and was Director of Music & Arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX from 2009-2014.
A native of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Welch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, and Master of Music degrees, as well as the coveted Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University where he studied with Joyce Jones.
Bradley Hunter Welch is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.