Audrey Morrison

Jazz Studies Director, Jazz Trombone Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Jazz Studies

Master of Music in jazz studies and Bachelor of Music in music education, Eastman School of Music


Audrey Morrison has been a member of the Music Institute’s jazz trombone faculty and director of the Jazz Studies program since 2010. She earned a bachelor of music degree in music education and a master of music degree in jazz studies, both from Eastman School of Music. She was lead trombonist of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble for more than 15 years, a member of several big bands, and principal trombone of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa, Ontario), the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Elgin Symphony for 28 years. She is currently a member of the jazz sextet SHE and the Lake Forest Symphony. She also teaches at North Park University, Ravinia Jazz Mentors, and Jazz Institute of Chicago. Her discography includes recordings with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Diva Big Band, Barrett Deems Big Band, Bradley William, Lake Forest and Elgin symphonies, and more. She is a founding member of the Jazz Institute’s “Women’s Leadership Initiative” mentoring younger female jazz musicians.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Make music – share music – be happy!


Testimonial from Eric Bachman, director of bands, Emerson Middle School:
"The jazz program at MIC is amazing! Students play with other talented and passionate musicians from around Chicagoland. As a band director for 30 years, I know the importance of having students develop their skills in both private lessons and groups outside of their school. As a jazz parent, it's great to know that my own kids are being taught by such a talented and caring faculty. I would STRONGLY recommend this program!"

Awards and achievements: 


The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chase Music Group CMD 8052
Something's Coming, Diva Big Band, Perfect Sound PSCD-1216
Groovin' Hard, Barrett Deems Big Band, Lydia records Lydia DE-505
How D'You Like It So Far?, Barrett Deems Big Band, Delmark Records DE-472
Barnburner, Birch Creek Academy Band, Door County Voices DCV009
Bradley Williams' Original 21st Century Review, Sideways Entertainment 6-48203 2021 2-0 and 6-48203 2022- 2-9
The Symphony Sessions, Dizzy Gillespie/Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Projazz CDJ 698

Liquid Melancholy with John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; Lake Forest Symphony, (Grammy Award Nominee) Cedille CDR 90000 176
Aaron Copland, American Classics Series, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Naxos 8.559297
Carl Nielsen, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Centaur CRC-2024

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Chicago Jazz Ensemble: lead trombonist for more than 15 years
Member of the big bands of Clark Terry, Barrett Deems, and the DIVA band in New York City
National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, Ontario; Rochester Philharmonic; Elgin Symphony: principal trombone
SHE (jazz sextet), Lake Forest Symphony: member