About Us


Our Mission

The Epiphany Festival is a week-long musical festival that offers live performances of lesser-heard classical masterworks by young professional musicians in Washington DC.


What We Do

The Georgetown Epiphany Festival was born out of a simple question: which classical masterworks are people not hearing in Washington DC? How do we broaden our city’s already robust musical offering? The goal of the festival is to offer live performances of lesser-heard masterpieces, performed by young professional musicians. To this end, our first season includes a mix of repertoire, including Brahms’ beloved first set of Liebeslieder-Wälzer, Schönberg’s lushly romantic Kammersymphonie no. 1, Mozart’s timeless Serenade in C minor for eight winds, Joan Tower’s lively Petroushkates, and, in a known premiere for the DC region, Franz Schreker’s Der Wind (1909). Each of these pieces has been carefully selected and would otherwise not be heard in a professional setting in our city this season.

More information about the three concerts offered in this 2019 season are available on this site, as well as information about ticketing and donations. We appreciate your interest, and look forward to seeing you at a concert in January!

 


Our Director

Andrew Jonathan Welch has been active as a pianist, conductor, orchestrator, and composer in Washington, DC for ten years, in which time he has witnessed a tremendous amount of exciting change and growth in the classical music scene. He founded the Georgetown Epiphany Festival in 2018 as a vehicle to further this positive growth by increasing audience exposure to under-performed repertoire, as well as offering additional performing opportunities for upcoming professional musicians.

In addition to his work with this festival, Andrew currently enjoys a varied professional career that sees him regularly performing as both a soloist and collaborator in venues including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, local embassies and universities. Highlights of his recent seasons include a collaboration with the composer Fazil Say on the series at the Phillips Collection, performances at the National Park Seminary, recitals with NSO assistant principal flutist Leah Arsenault and members of the Excelsa Quartet, and a series of collaborations with the Washington Bach Consort. At home as both a soloist and collaborator, Andrew’s recital partners have included such notable local artists as Carmen Balthrop, Richard Giarusso, Quintango, and Noah Getz, with whom he has recorded for Albany Records.

Andrew serves as the keyboard artist and associate conductor of the Georgetown Chorale, as well as the artistic director of the SFS Singers, a Chevy Chase-based singing group, and as Director of Music Ministry at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown. Andrew is also a dedicated piano teacher whose piano studio comprises students of all ages and abilities. His own mentors number among the eminent musicians of our time and include Rita Sloan, Yuliya Gorenman, Ann Schein, James Ross, and many others. He has studied for multiple summers as a collaborative piano fellow and Elizabeth Paepcke scholarship recipient at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was recognized with the Robert McCoy award in collaborative piano, and American University, where he earned the university’s prestigious Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award.