College of Arts and Sciences
Doctoral candidate, University of Illinois
M.Mus., 1999, University of Illinois
B.A., 1996, Olivet Nazarene University
Since 2010, Professor Kay Suzanne Welch has been teaching private voice and conducting Chrysalis Women’s Choir as an adjunct professor at Olivet.
Her professional performance career includes operatic roles such as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites, Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She was the district winner in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera competition, a semi-finalist in the 2006 William C. Byrd vocal competition and female vocalist winner of the 2009 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist competition.
Coming from a family of other notable Welches in the Church of the Nazarene, she continues a rich family heritage of both professional performing and music ministry. In 2012, her recording project, “Heritage,” was released as an ONU Presents album.
She resides in Bourbonnais with her husband, Jim, and son, Jack. She attends Manteno Church of the Nazarene. Her non-musical hobbies include making crafts with the young women of Chrysalis and sewing.