Craig Morris

Assoc. Professor

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About Me


Having spent the first part of my career in some of the most prestigious orchestra positions in the world, I now devote myself to teaching and to performing as a soloist and chamber musician. I am passionate about helping my students further their musical and technical abilities in pursuit of their dreams.”


Grammy-nominated trumpet soloist, Craig Morris, is a versatile performer comfortable in all genres of music from Baroque to Contemporary. Regarded as a leading proponent for new music and original programming, Morris received a 2019 Grammy Nomination in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for his album Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square, featuring the music of Philip Glass. Craig Morris has also recently premiered major pieces by two leading American composers: a major new concerto by Joel Puckett titled The Fifteenth Night of the Moon and also The Lightning Fields, a major new work for trumpet and piano by Michael Daugherty. Morris is featured in two solo recordings on the Naxos label: Concerto for Trumpet and Winds by Thom Sleeper on the album Reflections (another piece that was written for Morris), and his acclaimed debut solo album Permit Me Voyage, featuring his own original transcriptions of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber.

Morris has an active recital touring schedule, most recently touring with highly regarded collaborative pianist Rebecca Wilt at universities and concert venues across the country. Morris has also been featured as a soloist with ensembles and festivals around the world, including appearances with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Miami Bach Society to name a few. Morris has also appeared at leading festivals including The Seminar for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale in New Hampshire, Instrumenta Oaxaca, in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Schagerl Brass Festival, in Melk, Austria, the Blekinge International Brass Institute, in Karlskrona, Sweden, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival in Beijing, China.

Prior to his work as a soloist, Morris first gained an international reputation by being appointed Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by music director Daniel Barenboim, following the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in that chair. Prior to that Morris was the Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony, appointed to that chair by music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Still active as an orchestral performer, Morris has served as guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Since 2007, Morris has been the principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the world’s leading orchestral new music festival, where he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time.

Currently based in Miami, Florida, Craig Morris is the Trumpet Professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He has been a Yamaha Artist since 2015.


Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Former Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, following the legendary Adolph "Bud" Herseth.
  • Former Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Current Principal Trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the most prestigious orchestral new music festivals in the world.
  • Trumpet Soloist in the Nu Deco Esnemble, the Miami based genre bending chamber orchestra for the 21st Century
  • Noted Audition Expert, with successful auditions for Chicago Symphony (Principal Trumpet), San Francisco Symphony (Associate Principal Trumpet), Chicago Symphony -(4th/Utility Trumpet), Boston Symphony Orchestra (4th/Utility Trumpet), St. Louis Symphony (Principal Trumpet), Sacramento Symphony Orchestra (Principal Trumpet)


  • Permit Me Voyage - Acclaimed Solo CD on Naxos records featuring transcriptions of music by Brahms, Schumann, Barber, and Debussy.
  • Reflections - Featured soloist on Thom Sleeper's Concerto for Trumpet and Winds.
  • Furtwangler Symphony No. 2 - Principal Trumpet on this Chicago Symphony recording under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
  • Copland the Populist - Principal Trumpet on Appalachian Spring on this San Francisco Symphony Recording with Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Ives: An American Journey - Principal Trumpet on this San Francisco Symphony Album featuring the music of Charles Ives, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas