Jay Welch, longtime professor of music at the University of Utah, will receive the 1988 Award of Harmony from the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, in recognition of his many services to choral music. The Statesmen will present the award on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Community School, 233 W. Second North.
Welch has served as both assistant director and director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and was founder and first director of the Mormon (Youth) Symphony and Chorus.After early musical training at UCLA and service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Welch studied orchestral conducting at the Paris National Conservatory, graduating first in his class. He completed a master's in composition under Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland, and received a doctorate in composition under Leroy J. Robertson, whom he succeeded as head of the music department at the U. of U.
His accomplishments include original scores for productions of the University Theater; recording director for many Tabernacle Choir albums made under Richard P. Condie, and conducting both the Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth in prestigious national and television appearances. The latter group's Gershwin Festival (1973) and Rachmaninoff Festival (1974) were the third most highly rated programs on public television for three years. During the past 10 years, Welch has directed the Jay Welch Chorale.