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Joseph Morris


Principal, The Hanson Family Foundation Chair

Joseph Morris

Joseph Morris is the principal clarinet of Pacific Symphony. Previously, he has held the positions of principal clarinet with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (Wis.), where he was featured as soloist in performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in September 2015. Morris has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Utah Symphony and Opera, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and New World Symphony. Morris has participated in festivals including the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, National Orchestral Institute and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Recent engagements as soloist include performances with the Burbank Philharmonic, Downey Symphony Orchestra, West Los Angeles Symphony and with the Colburn Orchestra in a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons directed by the composer. A laureate of numerous competitions, Morris has been awarded first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition, the Downey Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Music Teacher’s National Association Solo Competition and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra. He was a semifinalist in the Fifth Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense, Denmark in 2013.

An avid chamber musician, Morris has performed as part of the Colburn Chamber Music society where he collaborated with musicians including Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He has performed live on Wisconsin Public Radio with pianist Christopher Taylor and collaborated with composer John Harbison at his Token Creek Music Festival in 2014. Joseph was the clarinet faculty at the Luzerne Music Center from 2014-15 where he performed as part of the Luzerne Chamber Players.

Morris received a professional studies certificate from The Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with the renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012. Morris has performed in masterclasses for Martin Fröst and has studied extensively with Yehuda Gilad, Richie Hawley, Bil Jackson, Mark Brandenburg and Fred Rast.