Joseph Morris, BM

Applied Faculty

Joseph Morris is the Principal Clarinet of the Pacific Symphony where he holds the Hanson Family Foundation Chair. 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 Burbank Philharmonic and Madison 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. 


Mr. Morris has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival 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. Mr. Morris received a Professional Studies Certificate from The Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012.