Arthur Welwood

Professor

"These are courses that are the building blocks of music, and students may not use these specifically, but it's part of a core of knowledge that can be later on applied to various aspects of their lives, no matter what they do."

"I was giving an exam this summer, and I stepped out of the room for a minute. A young woman came down the hall fussing and fuming and stamping, and she said to me, 'I hate conducting!' Apparently she had taken a conducting midterm and didn't do too well. I said to her, 'What's your major?' She said, 'Music business.' So I said, 'Let's say that you got a job as an arts administrator for a symphony orchestra. Wouldn't it be good for you to know what a conductor does to train him or herself and what the skill and the craft of the art form is?' In other words, this could be part of your training, although you're not going to be a conductor. She looked at me for a minute and said, 'Oh, of course, yes! I understand. Thank you!' I think I revolutionized this girl's life."

"I think composition is best taught by people who are out in the field writing music, performing it, and interacting with audiences. Berklee's composition department is made up of composers and conductors. They're bona fide professionals getting paid for what they're doing. They're not just teaching in ivory towers."

"I'm teaching a course in instrumentation and score preparation, and I was telling the students about a piece that I wrote, a trumpet concerto for solo trumpet and orchestra. Greg Hopkins commissioned me to write this piece for him. We went over to Prague and recorded it; Julius Williams conducted it. I have the scores, and I'm going to go through the orchestration and show my class. Most of the faculty are sharing their creative work with students, and it's meaningful for the students."

Career Highlights

  • B.M., Boston University School of Fine Arts
  • M.M., Yale University School of Music
  • Extensive teaching experience in music theory, clarinet, orchestration, conducting, and ensembles
  • Member, Society of Composers, American Music Center, ASCAP, College Music Society
  • Founding president, Connecticut Composers, Inc., 1981–86
  • Composer of music for orchestra, chamber music, and choral ensembles
  • Regional, national, and international performances for over 40 years