Performing Arts Tops the Charts

OnStage Blog and Musical America Worldwide recognize Seattle University's theater program and music faculty member Dr. Quinton Morris, respectively.

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
Photography by Arts & Sciences
January 23, 2018

Seattle University’s Performing Arts and Arts Leadership have earned recognition for the theater program and music faculty member Dr. Quinton Morris.

OnStage Blog named Seattle U as the best undergraduate theatre program in Washington state. Using criteria consisting of tuition, facilities, academic rigor, performing opportunities, career support, and location for the best undergraduate programs recognizes one university/college program in each state. OnStage Blog called out the honors program as a highlight of the SU program.

“Students majoring in the performing arts experience the highest level of creativity working alongside faculty who are all professional artists working in their fields,” says department chair Ki Gottberg. As Gottberg notes, students perform in many settings, from the Lee Center for the Arts to venues on and off campus. Adds Gottberg, “Our students are consistently awarded internships across the flourishing Seattle arts scene. The department provides students with opportunities to tour underserved areas, performing, creating designs and bringing vibrant SU arts programming into the community.”     
Musical America Worldwide has recognized Associate Professor Dr. Quinton Morris (Violin/director of Chambers and Instrumental Music) as one of the top music professionals in their 30 Movers and Shapers.

Describing his teaching philosophy, Dr. Morris says, “As an educator I strive to connect students with the art of music-making and performance, giving them the tools and support they need in order to grow as artists. Throughout my lessons, I help cultivate a spirit of confidence and innovation that will serve students in both their creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. My passion for teaching shines through in my commitment to helping students achieve success on whichever educational voyage they choose in life.”

Dr. Morris is also the founder and director of Key to Change, a nonprofit organization that ignites positive change around the world through music and education. Key to Change strives to dispel the “starving artist” mentality and provide young artists with the educational tools and resources they need in order to grow and thrive as musicians and as individuals.