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Keith Gates: Music

Nicholas Morrison

Concerto for Flute, Clarinet, and Wind Ensemble is dedicated to Nicholas Morrison and Leslie Timmons.
Nicholas Morrison

Nicholas Morrison is Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands in the Music Department at Utah State University. His teaching responsibilities include the clarinet studio, chamber music and symphonic band. He also directs the Summer Music Clinic and the Summer Alumni Band.

He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique Ste. Trinité in Haiti, with the Notre Dame, New World, and Arcata String Quartets, and with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra. He is frequently called upon as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the Intermountain region and has served as chair of the Research Committee and Editorial Board of the College Band Directors National Association. He has served as director of Utah State's Aggie Marching band and the Band of the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2002 he was appointed to the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster of the U.S. Department of State and, in March 2003, he was named Creative Artist of the Year for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Utah State University.

He has received grant support from numerous sources, including the Utah Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Humanities Council, the Target Corporation, the United States Information Agency, the U. S. State Department, the Presser Foundation and the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation.

He has performed as clarinetist with the South Bend, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Utah Symphony Orchestras and the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, and is a founding member of Logan Canyon Winds, USU's faculty wind quintet.

As a member of ~AirFare~ flute-clarinet duo with flutist Leslie Timmons, he is on the Utah Arts Council's Artist-in-Education roster, the Utah Performing Arts Tour, and the American Cultural Specialists roster of the U.S. Department of State. He has premiered works by Libby Larsen, Keith Gates, Dennis Griffin and Philip Parker and currently serves as President of the Flute-Clarinet Duos Consortium, a group dedicated to the commissioning and presentation of new works for Flute-Clarinet Duo.

He served the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences as Associate Dean from 1999-2003, providing leadership in facilities and curricular planning for a School of the Arts-a project to raise funds for new facilities, remodeling, faculty and infrastructure for the arts at Utah State.

Morrison holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame, and Florida State University and has studied with Curtis Craver, Donald Oehler, Scott Bridges, Sidney Forrest, Freddy Arteel, John Bruce Yeh and Frank Kowalsky.