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Dr. Quinton Morris

Dr. Morris's Bio

Dr. Quinton Morris is an Professor at Seattle University and founder of the music education organization Key to Change. He enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, educator, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He performs solo concerti/recitals and chamber music and presents lectures worldwide.

In the fall of 2020, Dr. Morris began serving as our first Artist-Scholar in Residence, creating and hosting Unmute The Voices, which airs every third Saturday of the month at 3pm. Unmute The Voices celebrates BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artistry in classical music by highlighting compositions and performances by BIPOC artists. Unmute The Voices exists to accelerate the development of equity in classical music by increasing the visibility of the BIPOC community in classical music and to encourage their inclusion in the art form. The program includes classical music composed by people from BIPOC communities, performances by artists of color, and interviews with artists on-air and with an accompanying video series.

Dr. Morris’ career spans across six continents presenting in dozens of countries. His BREAKTHROUGH: The Quinton Morris World Tour included an innovative lecture recital and a self-produced short film based on the life and music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges. BREAKTHOUGH premiered at prestigious venues including, the Seattle Art Museum, the Louvre Museum (Paris), and New York Film Week among dozens of other concert halls and film theaters. Governor Jay Inslee awarded Dr. Morris the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award for his success with BREAKTHROUGH and the film received the first prize “Diamond Award” at the European Independent Film Award Festival in Paris and the bronze award at the Global Music Awards.

Dr. Morris has received numerous awards including the Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40 Award,” Seattle Mayor’s Arts Awards, the Seattle University Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Work, and named a “Mover and Shaper” by Musical America. He is currently the co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission.

Dr. Morris is the first music professor in over thirty years (and the second living African-American violinist in United States history) to receive tenure and promotion at Seattle University. He is the founder and director of Key to Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching middle and high school underserved violin and viola students in South King County. For more information, visit his website at

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