Des Moines Legacy Foundation donates $3,000 to local music program

The board of directors of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation voted at their March meeting to approve a $3,000 grant to provide free to low cost music lessons to the Key to Change program in Des Moines for 2019.

Headed by Dr. Quinton Morris, Key to Change will use the award to provide violin and viola lessons to low income students who live in Des Moines and attend either middle school or high school.

Key to Change is focused on supporting students in South King County with the gift of music.

Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator and entrepreneur. He performs solo concerts/recitals and chamber music and presents lectures all over the world: the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Notable solo concerto performances are the Seattle, Thalia, Renton, Tacoma Youth and South Suburban Symphonies, Orchestra Seattle and the Everett Philharmonic.

Dr. Morris has received numerous honors and awards including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” for esteemed leaders and entrepreneurs in Seattle, the Seattle University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Academic and Arts Faculty Award, and the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award. He has also won awards at the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition and the Louisiana Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists’ Concerto Competition.

Dr. Morris serves as the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Seattle University. Since coming to the university 2007, Dr. Morris has successfully transformed a nascent Music Division into a community of artists that serves as a center for talented music faculty and students to grow, learn and foster their music education and talent. He wrote and designed the Bachelor of Music degree and curriculum, recruited music faculty and students and brought in professional musicians to provide guest artist performances and educational residencies. He is the first music professor in over 25 years (and the second living African-American violinist in United States history) to receive tenure and promotion. He also serves on the summer faculties for the Evergreen and Summit Music Festivals and a board member of Artist Trust.

Dr. Morris began his studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

Other local non profits supporting this non profit include the Rotary Club of Renton, Allied Arts Foundation and 4Culture.

For more information on the Key to Change project for Des Moines please contact Dr. Quinton Morris at [email protected].

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