Joseph Morris is the Principal Clarinet of the Pacific Symphony where he holds the Hanson Family Foundation Chair. He will be featured as soloist with the orchestra in November 2017 in a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with music director Carl St. Clair.
As the first prize winner of the 42nd Ima Hogg Competition, Mr. Morris is the recipient of the 2017 Grace Woodson Memorial Award and has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements as soloist include appearances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Burbank Philharmonic, and Downey Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons conducted by the composer with the Colburn Orchestra. Mr. Morris has been awarded the first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the USC Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra. He was a semifinalist at the Fifth Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark in 2013.
Mr. Morris has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at the Colorado Music Festival. He has previously held Principal Clarinet positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Morris performs regularly on Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig series collaborating with pianist Orli Shaham. As part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society, Mr. Morris has performed with musicians including Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He has been heard live on Wisconsin Public Radio in concert with pianist Christopher Taylor and collaborated with composer John Harbison at his Token Creek Music Festival in 2014. Mr. Morris was the clarinet faculty at the Luzerne Music Center from 2014 – 2015 where he performed as part of the Luzerne Chamber Players.
Mr. 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. Mr. Morris has performed in masterclasses for Martin Fröst and has studied extensively with Yehuda Gilad, Richie Hawley, Bil Jackson, Mark Brandenburg, and Fred Rast.