A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University where he studied with Joyce Jones. Dr. Welch is the 2003 First Place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having previously won it in 2000.
He was Director of Music & Arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas from 2009 to 2014. Between his concert and recording engagements, Dr. Welch served as Artist-in-Residence at Christ Church in Plano, one of the largest Anglican churches in the United States. His premier recording is the first solo organ recording of the Cliburn Organ at Broadway Baptist Church. Most recently, Bradley and colleague Ken Cowan released Dynamic Duo, a recording featuring thrillingly virtuosic music for two organists.
He was the featured organ soloist in all the 2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas concerts as well as with the Dallas Symphony Chorus for its 40th anniversary celebration in October 2017. In the 2017-18 season, Bradley appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on numerous other occasions, including in Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva in January 2018.
Bradley is married to Kara Kirkendoll Welch, a flutist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University. They have a son, Ethan, and a daughter, Avery.