Arts, Faith and Humanities / People of SU

“Unmute The Voices,” led by Dr. Quinton Morris

Written by Karen L. Bystrom

April 19, 2021

Image includes a headshot of Dr. Quinton Morris on the left holding a viola. Text on the right side of image reads Dr. Quinton Morris on top line and Unmute The Voices in second line.

Image credit: College of Arts and Sciences

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This June, Seattle’s Classical KING FM and Dr. Quinton Morris, their inaugural Artist-Scholar in Residence, launch "Unmute The Voices," a new audio and video project celebrating the music and performances of BIPOC composers and performers with dedicated space for BIPOC artistry.

The first performance will be on Juneteenth, June 19, 2021, at 3 p.m.

Unmute The Voices will be a radio program with music and interviews, paired with a video series featuring extended interviews with today’s BIPOC classical artists and ensembles and other artists performing works by composers of color.

Dr. Quinton Morris leads the project. A multifaceted teacher and performer, Dr. Morris is Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Seattle University. He is the founder of Key to Change, a nonprofit violin and viola studio serving South King County that focuses on creating opportunities for young musicians of color and those from underserved socio-economic backgrounds. Dr. Morris is also co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission.

Unmute The Voices is actively seeking recordings of compositions and performances by classical artists from BIPOC communities. Interested artists should visit the KING FM website to learn more.

Classical KING FM is the primary institution developing new audiences for classical music and the arts in Seattle, Bellevue and the Puget Sound region. Listener-supported KING FM is located at Seattle Center with a mission to make classical music accessible for everyone in the community and to advocate for the arts in our region.

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