I took a music appreciation class from Professor Welch in the late 1970's or
early 1980's. Our assignments included attending concerts and taking notes. He
gave me permission to go to just the free concerts, since I couldn't afford the
others. My favorite classical music I love the most from his class is The Moldau
by Smetana. I have since seen photos of the Moldau River and Smetana's statue I
found online through using a search engine. Professor Welch was a compassionate
man with very interesting lectures. I learned a lot and it was painless. Like
many people, I assume, I would have loved to have spoken to him one more time.
He and Sociology Professor Clark Knowlton(deceased)and Educational Psychology
Professor Ruth Lyon, all L.D.S.,were 3 of my 4 favorite professors in the 6
years I went to the Univ. of Ut. in SLC. Signed, a Protestant,Karen
Uncle Jay was an amazing man. He was kind and loving. Holidays at the Welch
house were great. We all sang songs while he played piano. What great memories.
I met Jay E Welch in Seattle, Washington in 1965. I was friends with his
daughter Megan Welch. I later visited, with my family, the Welch family in Salt
Lake City, Utah in 1968. He was a wonderful father. He was on a 1 year
assignment at the University of Washington in 1965.
I auditioned for the Jay Welch Chorale in the late 90's and enjoyed singing in
the Jay Welch Choral until he retired. I enjoyed his arrangements and works very
much. One of my favorites was, "We Three Kings of Orient." He always had a
sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. I enjoyed the tribute to him in 2005
spearheaded by Brady Allred, in which I had the privilege to participate. Thank
you so much. I would like to see a list of the works Jay E. Welch composed, and
the song arrangements he did highlighted in the news, and not simply an overview
saying he was a composer and director. His life touched millions of people
through his music and influence.
As a member of MYSC under the baton of Jay Welch, let me say that he had a fine
influence on me and on many others. The world was made a better place because
of his contribution. Jay's music and good spirit will continue be remembered
Dr Welch's classes were always inspiring! As an insecure music major in the
70's, he was instrumental in helping me see the JOY in music and how to pass
that joy to others. His incredibly energetic and enthusiastic lecture style
have been my model for years of teaching music myself. His legacy will live on
for years to come.
Dr. Welch was an awesome instructor. I had many teachers in college and graduate
school and Dr. Welch ranks at the top. I took his music appreciation class in
the 90's, and still remember his lessons about classical music. It seems that he
did many great things in his life, but I believe he excelled as a teacher, and
am grateful to have had his influence.
I also auditioned with Dr. Welch and sang with the Mormon Youth Choir both
before and after my mission. He was/is an inspiring teacher and great choir
director. His influence will continue to ripple through time. I still enjoy
singing because of his wonderful influence and encouragement. Dr. Welch we will
I enjoyed Dr. Jay Welch so much! He taught two generations of my family at the
U. Both my wife and I had him for what was called Music and Culture in the late
80s. My parents had him in the early 60s. His choirs were fantastic under his
artistic direction. His teaching methods were so delightful! His talent as a
musician were amazing. He truly gave so much to all that were even around him.
I will miss him and his great smile as well.
I took a music appreciation class from Dr. Welch when I attended the U in the
80's. I enjoyed so much that I took it again for fun. Dr. Welch had a great
enthusiasm for music that he passed on to his students.
IMMEMORIAM FOR A BISHOP from Don MarshMourn not another great light gone
out for the nightBut mourn for us the lesser lightsWith eyes put out
by our own handMourn for us who stopped our ears from the cries of God for
the poorFor those of us with hearts that would not know or feel
The beauty and the pain in another Or the beauty and the pain in
themselves a little while longer...And mourn most for us, who for this,
will never know love for ourselvesBecause we would not know the beauty and
the pain of God and His childrenAnd who think alas theyve put out the
great light in others....Take your rest JayFor you have known
the beauty and the pain andAnd there are those of us who will not rest,Knowing none will rest...Until we've done the same.Tomorrow
has come this day.Don Welch Marsh
I am one of the original members of MYC. Singing with Jay was a wonderful
experience. He was a great conductor and teacher. He will be missed. The article incorrectly states that the MYC was formed in 1957. It was started
in the fall of 1968.
I auditioned for Mr. Welch to be accepted into the Mmormon Youth Choir, and
singing with them changed my life. Thanks Dr. Welch!
I was sad to hear of Uncle Jay's passing (I'm one of Bill's kids). My thoughts
and prayers are with the rest of the extended Welch family as we remember his
many years of service and sacrifice in the name of his Lord. Although my path
through life caused me to lose touch over the years, I recall the boundless
energy and enthusiasm I witnessed during the brief time my family lived with
his. May his voice forever sing with the celestial choir!
I met Jay when he served a couple mission in Versailles France some 15 years
ago. I had the chance to see him conduct a stake choir for christmas. What a
wonderful experience that was...He was always kind, he taught me the
beauty of music and taught my children the live of it. I will remember him
always and cherish his memory.
I played in Mormon Youth under Jay Welch. He had a profound impact on me, and
many others. I want to publicly acknowledge him as a master teacher and
I had a freshman music class at the U from him back in 1971. I am still enjoy
classical music. Thanks so much Prof. Welch.
Dr. Welch was a class act. Rest in peace.