June 14, 2011
Quinton Morris, Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Assistant
Professor of Music in the Fine Arts Department, received a 2011 Art Award for
his contributions to the arts in Seattle. Morris was one of two individuals and
four organizations to receive the awards made by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on
June 8. Morris has been on the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2007 and recently received the College’s Outstanding
Scholarship and Creative Work Award.
In addition to teaching and performing,
Morris is the artistic/executive director and founder
of The Young Eight, the only American string octet comprised of distinguished
African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools
and conservatories. Morris earned a Master of Music degree from The
Boston Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Texas at
to one nominator, "Morris' long list of achievements and awards is
impressive, but even more impressive is his determination to make a difference
for aspiring young musicians - particularly for youngsters of color who do not
always have role models close at hand in the classical community."
Morris has performed in
concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He is
the recipient of numerous competition awards including The Boston Conservatory
Chamber Music Honors Competition, the Louisiana Junior Philharmonic Orchestra
Young Artist’s Concerto Competition, Seattle Philharmonic Concerto Competition,
the NAACP ACT-SO Competition, the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs
String Competition, and the Ebony Showcase Music Award. Most recently, Morris was a “Distinguished”
prizewinner in the international Ibla Grand Prize held in Sicily, Italy, and
completed a world tour where he performed concerts in Italy, France, Australia,
Korea, and Japan.
will be honored at the Mayor's Arts
Awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at Seattle Center on the North
The Fine Arts Department,
one of 33 departments in the College
of Arts and Sciences, offers undergraduate degrees in music, including a Bachelor of Music in String Performance,theater, visual art, digital design, and photography and an MFA in Arts
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