Arts and Culture

Welch College is located in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of at least 38 colleges, universities, and technical schools. This concentration of educational institutions gives the city the well-earned title, “Athens of the South.” The city is also undergoing an unprecedented renaissance in several areas. The fine arts culture of Nashville will enable students to expand their knowledge in ways that complement the education they receive. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts bring to the city a wide variety of refined music, drama, and art exhibitions. The music and recording industry are, of course, renowned worldwide.

The college senses a responsibility to provide the most wholesome, enriching social life possible and provides both formal and informal occasions for this purpose. Formal social and cultural occasions include banquets, student and faculty recitals, concerts, dramatic presentations, and the Sarah Lacey Nicholas Artist Series. Informal activities include opportunities for dating, casual contacts, various programs, Coffee House/Student Center activities, outings, and other special events. Some of these are listed below.

Sarah Lacey Nicholas Artist Series

Sarah Lacey Nicholas taught piano and organ at Welch College from 1967 to 1986 before retiring. The purpose of this series is to continue her legacy in our community by promoting a broad appreciation of classical music and art in the western tradition among our student body. Each year the series sponsors “Christmas on Richland,” a spring musical, visiting artists, and Faculty Chapel Recitals.

Choral Union

The Choral Union is a massed choir required of all music majors, minors, combination majors, all members of all ensembles of the college, and is open to any student, faculty member, or member of the community-at-large. They practice Monday evenings and perform twice yearly: “Christmas on Richland” in December and the Spring Musical in April.

Christmas on Richland
Every year, as part of the Sarah Lacey Nicholas Concert Series, the Welch Music Department, the college family, and the community unite in “Christmas on Richland” to warm hearts and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Accompanied by an orchestra, piano, and often by organ, a major classical work or sacred piece will be performed. Admission is free and all are invited.

Spring Musical
Every spring, as part of the Sarah Lacey Nicholas Concert Series, the Welch Music Department, and the Evangels Drama Team join forces to perform a classic broadway musical, accompanied by piano and orchestra. Admission is free and all are invited.

Recitals

Repertoire Recitals
Repertoire recitals occur the second Monday of each month in the auditorium during the Chapel hour, beginning in October of the fall semester, and February of the spring semester. Students taking private lessons are given the opportunity to refine their talents and gain experience performing in front of an audience.

Junior and Senior Capstone Recitals
Every year the college is pleased to present junior and senior music majors, minors, and combination majors performing recitals of well known classical works. Times and places of these are announced is the Campus News.

Faculty Chapel Recitals
Each year the Sarah Lacey Nicholas Artist Series sponsors a Faculty Chapel Recital featuring faculty and adjunct instructors.

Ministry Teams

Evangels Drama Team
Each spring the Evangel Players embark on a tour to Free Will Baptist churches spreading the Gospel through drama ministries. The touring program is a 30-minute religious drama which can be adapted to fit any venue. This touring drama team is comprised of 4-8 Welch College students who are not only passionate and gifted artists, but also dedicated to ministering to God’s people. Tryouts are held at the beginning of spring semester.

College Choir
The College Choir is a performance group that focuses on developing an understanding of ministry through choral music, hymns, and spiritual songs. Established in 1945, this group built a great choral tradition for the college by performing a variety of choral repertoire including Classical literature, traditional hymnody, gospel songs, and many other traditions based on the popular idioms of the day. The College Choir serves as the foundation for continued growth and building of the choral program at Welch College. This group takes an annual spring tour, serves as the official representative of the college at special denominational events, and more. Auditions for this group occur at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.

Rejoice Ministry Team
This campus ministry group also serves as a traveling ensembles and works in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement. This ensemble is formed from members of the College Choir and serve a vital role by presenting a variety of music, as well as serving as an evangelistic team for Christ. These groups travel up to 7-weeks  each semester and a significant time during the summer.

Chapel Choir
The Chapel Choir sings periodically during Chapel services, also serving as a lab choir for student conductors. This is a non-auditioned, non-traveling group.

Other Opportunities

Dessert Theatre
Every fall the drama department at Welch College presents “A Night of Comedy and Dessert.” This program, designed purely for laughter, offers 3-5 one-act plays by both classic and modern playwrights. During intermission, patrons are treated to dessert and coffee, making the evening a perfect mix of laughter and sweets! Tryouts are held at the beginning of fall semester.

Instrumental Ensembles
This is an ensemble comprised of instruments for band and orchestra that performs sacred music periodically during Chapel. The ensemble also joins professional instrumentalists to accompany the Choral Union in their “Christmas on Richland” and Spring Musical concerts. This a non-auditioned, non-traveling group.

Handbell Choir
Students and faculty members come together to play hymns and sacred handbell arrangements for occasional Chapel services and “Christmas on Richland.” This is a non-auditioned, non-traveling group.