High School Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically.
|Samuel Welsh, Piano|
|DMA, University of Colorado in Boulder; MM, Ithaca College; BM, Jacksonville University|
A native of South Florida, Sam began his piano studies at the age of twelve. His first teacher was Philippe Drevet, a graduate of the famous École Normale in Paris and a student of Alfred Cortot. After three weeks of formal lessons, Sam made a successful audition to the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, now known as the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. At age fifteen, Sam performed his first solo recital and entered his first international piano competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Competition in Salt Lake City, UT. He received a special commendation from the judges.
That same year, Sam was invited to study with Sylvia Rabinof at Converse College in South Carolina. While in Spartanburg, he was a featured soloist on the Fall tour of the Spartanburg High School Orchestra, culminating in a headline performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed his studies with Sylvia the next year and began working with Harold Brown in Boca Raton. Mr. Brown was a pupil of Adele Marcus, Nina Svetlanova, and Josef Raieff at the Juilliard School. Through his lifelong association with Mr. Brown, Sam later became a student of Mr. Raieff and of Vlado Perlemuter, the only pianist to have studied the complete piano works of Ravel with the composer. Sam also studied with renowned Abbey Whiteside pupil, Sofia Rosoff, in New York City.
While completing his studies at Dreyfoos, Sam received top prizes at several prestigious competitions, including the Messingschlager Competition in Miami and the Florida Federation of Music Clubs auditions in Avon Park. He received the coveted Irene Muir prize for the top performance at Federation and was a three-time winner of top honors at the Gilbert and Sullivan piano competitions. Sam gave the featured performance on tour with the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra and was a concerto soloist with the Dreyfoos Orchestra. He was a frequent recitalist for the Chopin Foundation of the US as well as the Guild for International Piano Competitions "living room" recital series. The following year, Sam began his collegiate career at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he was a student of Josef Raieff.
After a nearly six-year break, Sam returned to music in 2003 to complete his Bachelor of Music degree with Mary Lou Krosnick and Scott Watkins at Jacksonville University. That year, he collaborated on an electronic dance music track with DJ Storm and Oz that debuted at the 2004 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the largest festival of EDM in the world. He was the accompanist for the JU Theater Department as well as the Dance with Distinction ballet program. He collaborated with several composers and performed new music, including works for percussion ensemble and prepared piano. Sam was a regular recitalist for the Mayo Clinic's "Humanities in Medicine" concert series in Jacksonville. At JU, he won awards for Top Accompanist, Top Recital Performance, and was given the honor of Instrumentalist of the Year his final semester.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to complete his Master of Music degree with Jennifer Hayghe at Ithaca College in central New York. In 2009, Sam was invited back to Ithaca College as a guest artist, and was later invited to teach there as an Assistant Professor in 2012.
Sam began his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Gregory Sioles at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While at LSU, he was a highly sought-after performer and collaborator. His last student recital was featured on Louisiana Public Radio. He performed alongside the New Sigmond Romberg Pops Orchestra for two US national tours in 2008 and 2010.
Sam completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 with Andrew Cooperstock and David Korevaar. While at CU, he was awarded the highly-competitive Dean's Award for Musical Research, as well as the Beverly Sears Doctoral Award. Both were essential in completing his dissertation, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, by Maurice Ravel: a Performance Edition after Vlado Perlemuter and Harold Brown." In winter 2011, Sam toured Mainland China with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra. He was a featured soloist, performing seventeen concerts in sixteen cities in nineteen days. He began teaching at the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder in 2010, and maintains a studio at the Dairy Center in Boulder. His students continue to demonstrate high-level achievement through performances and competitions.
He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his terrier, Lucille Abigail de la Goux.