Title/Position: Associate Professor, Trumpet; Chair, Instrumental PerformanceProfile:
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Winning the position as Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Performing as soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Pinchas Zukerman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Performing as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2
Performing as co-principal trumpet with the band Metallica in its collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony
Performing as soloist in Carnegie Hall with the Frost School of Music Wind Ensemble
What advice would you give an aspiring young musician?
Have the courage to immerse yourself in music and see where your passion will take you.
How were you influenced by your teachers?
My teachers taught me to be patient and disciplined; inspired me to achieve my potential; helped me learn to think creatively and to appreciate the virtues of rationality, independence, honesty, and integrity.
Craig Morris is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist and orchestral musician. His extensive solo career has included concerto performances in
New York’s Carnegie Hall
Orchestra Hall in Chicago
Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco
Beijing Music Hall as part of the Beijing Modern Music Festival
Additionally, he has been featured with ensembles such as the
San Francisco Symphony
Sacramento Symphony Orchestra
Miami Bach Society
Highland Park Strings
Austin Handel-Haydn Society
Diablo Symphony Orchestra
Prof. Morris has performed in venues such as
Boston’s Symphony Hall
London’s Royal Albert Hall
Lucerne Switzerland’s Kultur & Kongresszentrum
With the San Francisco Symphony Prof. Morris was featured in recordings such as
Copland the Populist
Charles Ives the American Journey
American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts
Aaron Copland: The Essence of America
He also performed in two season opening Gala concerts in Carnegie Hall, which were televised on PBS and participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s hit collaboration with the band Metallica, which was broadcast on MTV and VH1 to international acclaim.
Prof. Morris has held prestigious posts in both the San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, where he was principal trumpet, following the 53-year career of legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth. Other appointments include the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet.
In the summer of 2007 Craig was appointed principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; plus, he has toured with the internationally recognized quintet, the Dallas Brass.
A Texas native, Mr. Morris was raised in a musical family; his late father, Cecil, a band director and tuba player, was a major musical influence in Craig’s life.
Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Texas, and his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
His principal teachers include Raymond Crisara, Glenn Fischthal, Don Jacoby, and Jim Wilt.
Craig Morris is associate professor of trumpet and chair of the Department of Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician. Morris emerged onto the international orchestra scene by winning the prestigious position of principal trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth. Morris was previously the associate principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. He recorded extensively as principal trumpet with both orchestras, including the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim. In 2003 Morris left his position in the CSO to pursue a burgeoning solo career. With the Chicago Symphony he was featured as soloist on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Pinchas Zukerman in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. In 2009, Craig Morris gave the U.S. premiere of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by British composer Joby Talbot, at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music under the baton of Marin Alsop. His debut solo CD Permit Me Voyage features the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and Barber, following the acclaimed Naxos release, Reflections, where Morris was soloist on Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.