Joseph Morris Named Winner of Houston Symphony’s 2017 Ima Hogg Competition


The Houston Symphony announces clarinetist Joseph Morris as the winner of the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition, one of a few annual nationwide multi-instrument competitions. The announcement was made in front of a live audience on Saturday, June 3, after the finals concert at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.

A partnership between the Houston Symphony League and the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition identifies and supports outstanding young instrumentalists and their pursuit of careers in music. Chaired by Barbara McCelvey, this year’s Ima Hogg competition attracted nearly 80 candidates ranging from ten instruments and a wide variety of nationalities.

The Grace Woodson Memorial Award was presented to Morris by John and Tracy Dennis in memory of John Dennis’ grandmother, a close friend of Miss Ima Hogg. A 2012 graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Morris took home a cash prize of $25,000 and a gold medal, in addition to earning a solo appearance with Houston Symphony at the Donor and Subscriber Appreciation Concert on Wednesday, July 12th, at Jones Hall.