Dr. Quinton Morris – Violinist, Educator, Entrepreneur and Founder of Key to Change

On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience I talk to Quinton Morris – Violinist, Educator, Entrepreneur and Founder of Key to Change

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We talk about the following

Key to Change

Attending a HBCU

Why is it important to expose young people to the arts

Why is it important for him to give back.

Quinton’s Bio

Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He is the founder of Key to Change, a nonprofit with the mission of inspiring underserved youth and students of color through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Key to Change operates two violin and viola studios in South King County, Washington which serve middle and high school students who may not otherwise have access to classical music instruction.

Key to Change was born out of Dr. Morris’s BREAKTHROUGH World Tour, which paired recitals and concerto performances with lectures, master classes and educational outreach in over 25 cities across five continents. The tour also featured Dr. Morris’s short film The BREAKTHROUGH, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris, among other distinguished venues worldwide. He directed and starred in the film, which tells a modernized story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges: a violinist of African origin who, against all odds, rose to become one of the most prolific and forgotten figures of the 18th century.

Dr. Morris received top prizes at the European Independent Film Awards and New York Film Awards; and was recognized as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Movers & Shapers and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is also the recipient of the Governor's Arts Award and the Seattle Mayor's Arts Award. Additional career highlights include concerto appearances with the Seattle Symphony, three consecutive years of sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, eleven years as Artistic Director of The Young Eight String Octet and a TEDxSeattle talk on “The Age of the Artist Entrepreneur.”

He has also presented master classes, clinics and workshops around the world at the University of Paris - Dauphine School of Business, American String Teachers Association National Conference (USA), Monash University (Australia), Dong-eui University (Korea), National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan), Tumaini University Makumira (Tanzania), among many others.

Dr. Morris is a Renton native and began his studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, where he studied pre-law and music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The North Carolina School of the Arts and Master of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory. He joined the Seattle University faculty in 2007 and is the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and an Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music.

He is the first tenured music professor at Seattle University in over 35 years and the second living African-American violinist in United States history to receive such a distinction. He is currently pursuing a professional certificate in business through an online program at Harvard Business School.

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Quinton’s Advice

I would just say to your listeners and followers that we're in a great moment in our country and in the world, to create something that could be a value to lots of different people. I would say that I would encourage people not to give up, keep going and to persevere through these hard times. They are definitely challenging and, and tough. But this is something that we all can overcome and we can all be better for it.

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