John Welsh recently completed his 18-year tenure as the Founding Music Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia in Washington State. Past Music Director positions include the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Prince William Symphony, the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. He has also served as the Associate Conductor of the Rainier Symphony in Seattle. Mr. Welsh has conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Festival International Echtenach Chamber Orchestra in Luxembourg, the San Miguel Philharmonic in Manila, Philippines, the Metropolitan Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, the Arlington Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Shenandoah Music Festival Orchestra. He has also held residencies at Indiana University and was a lecturer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Mr. Welsh holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Miami University (OH) and a Masters in Conducting from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. While serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, he was assigned to the United States Air Force Band and Symphony in Washington DC and the Military Airlift Command Band in Illinois.