Carolyn Welch


CAROLYN WELCH, Artistic Director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir, has been an integral part of the LCC organization since 1996. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2012, LCC choirs have performed under her direction in Montana, South Dakota, Louisiana, Colorado and Costa Rica, as well as at the Folly Theater, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the Kaufmann Center in Kansas City, Grace Cathedral in Topeka, the Lied Center in Lawrence, and in numerous other venues. Carolyn holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Minnesota State University, where she studied choral conducting with David Dickau. A native of New Hampshire, she spent her youth in Colorado, Texas and Latin America. Carolyn taught vocal and choral music from 1996-2013 for the Lawrence Public Schools, at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and has been active in music ministry at her church since 2000. She is author of “Sing Better Now,” a manual for beginning voice students, “Sing the Concepts,” a set of songs for learning basic theory, and “Change One,” a sight-reading curriculum. Carolyn has been active as a judge and clinician in Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri. She was named the KMEA Northeast District Outstanding Middle Level Teacher Award for Choir for 2013-2014, an honor she also received in 2007. Carolyn is an active member of ACDA, NAfME, IFCM and Chorus America and a current board member for the Kansas Choral Director’s Association.

Carolyn and her husband Bryan live on a farm just south of Lawrence, where they raise organic, grass-fed cattle and sheep.