Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities.
Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He made his Carnegie debut earlier this year and has been invited back for a solo performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the mayor and WA Arts Commission have chosen me as a recipient of this very prestigious award,” Morris said. “To walk in the footsteps of other Seattle music greats (Gerard Schwartz, Speight Jenkins and Vinson Cole) is very humbling and something I will cherish for a very long time.”
As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.
Morris was the youngest member sworn on as vice-chair for the King County Children and Family Commission. He served as secretary on the Children and Family Commission Executive Board, and as a member of The Youth Involvement Executive Board and Xavier University Executive Student Body Association Board.