Jonathan Welch is entering his eleventh year of teaching and is thrilled to be joining Joshua Reznicow and the Linn-Mar High School Orchestras as director of the Philharmonic Orchestra. He is leaving a six-year tenure as Orchestra Director at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, OH as well as Department Chair of Strings Teaching for the Forest Hills Local Schools. A native of Cincinnati, Jon received a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University and his undergraduate viola teachers included Csaba Erdelyi, Nancy Buck, and Howard Bebe. In December of 2013, Mr. Welch received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
As a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, Jon has been Assistant Chair of the 2005 District 14 Jr. High Honor Orchestra, attended the 2006 Da Capo Leadership Conference, and served as Chair of the 2009 and 2010 OMEA Southwest Region Orchestras which allowed him to collaborate with conductors E. Daniel Long and Dr. Emily Freeman Brown.
As an educator, Jonathan has previously served as Director of Orchestras at the Winton Woods City Schools as well as orchestra teacher for the Middletown Schools and Northwest Local Schools. Mr. Welch was also counselor with the 2005-2007 OOSTA/ASTA Strings summer camps, and viola section coach for the Cincinnati Junior Strings 2007-2008 season which included traveling with the group on its CJS Down Under Tour, a tour that included performance engagements in New Zealand and Australia.
As conductor of the Anderson High School Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Welch’s orchestras have had numerous collaborations with groups such as the Ohio University Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His Orchestras were selected to play at the 2010 and 2013 Ohio Music Education Association’s professional conferences, the 2013 American String Teacher Association’s National Orchestra Festival and Competition in Providence, RI (where the group received a second place finish), as well as the 2009 National Orchestra Cup held at Lincoln Center in NY, NY (where the group received first runner up). The AHS Symphony Orchestra received consecutive straight superior ratings each year under Mr. Welch’s leadership at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event. In collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony, AHS annually hosted the One City, One Symphony community engagement listening parties, and the AHS Chamber Orchestra annually performed pre-concert performances at Cincinnati’s Music Hall prior to the CSO’s One City, One Symphony concerts. In January of 2012, Anderson hosted the Cincinnati Symphony In Your Schools community engagement concert which consisted of a collaborative performance of the Forest Hills District Honor Orchestra under the baton of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Robert Trevino and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan still remains an active performing violist and will leave his ten year post as principal violist of the Cincinnati Community Orchestra and is has joined the Iowa City Community Orchestra. He currently lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Allison and their two dogs Elvis and Waylon.