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  • Morris Receives Mayor’s Art Award

    June 14, 2011

    Dr. 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 Austin.

    According 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. 

    Morris will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at Seattle Center on the North Fountain Lawn.

    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 Leadership. 

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