Walter Welti, who was nationally recognized while a professor of music at Utah State University, died Aug. 23, 1988. He was 92.
Head of the vocal music department at Utah State University for 36 years, he was known worldwide for bringing grand opera to the campus. The university honored him with its Merit Citation award in 1981.Mr. Welti's teaching career began in 1925 at USU, then known as Utah State Agricultural College. He retired from university instruction in 1962, but continued giving voice lessons to students.
He graduated from Cornell University with a music degree and studied law there before moving to Utah. During his tenure, Mr. Welti taught voice, directed choruses and became widely known for his oratorios and operas.
In 1952, he received an honorary doctorate of music from Ithaca College.
Prominent in many state and national music organizations, Mr. Welti served as president of the National Association of Teachers of Singers for 10 years.
He became the first person from the Mountain West to be inducted into the 40-member American Academy of Teachers of Singers. In 1947 and 1948, he was vice president of the National Opera Association.
He was also a veteran of World Wars I and II. At age 13, he was the youngest member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 27 in Monument Park 12th Ward, 2795 E. Crestview Drive. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.