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Music Institute Jazz Director and Faculty member, Audrey Morrison
Director of Jazz Studies and Jazz Trombone Faculty

Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation, Summer Jazz Camps

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M.M. in Jazz Studies, Eastman School of Music
B.M. in Music Education Eastman School of Music 

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Selected Discography for Audrey Morrison:
Chicago Jazz Ensemble- The Chicago Jazz Ensemble- Chase Music Group CMD 8052
Diva Big Band- Something's Coming- Perfect Sound PSCD-1216
Barrett Deems Big Band- Groovin' Hard- Lydia records Lydia DE-505
Barrett Deems Big Band- How D'You Like It So Far?- Delmark Records DE-472
Birch Creek Academy Band- Barnburner- Door County Voices DCV009
Bradley Williams' Original 21st Century Review- Sideways Entertainment 6-48203 2021 2-0 and 6-48203 2022- 2-9
Dizzy Gillespie/ Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra- the Symphony Sessions- Projazz CDJ 698
Lake Forest Symphony- “Liquid Melancholy” with John Bruce Yeh, clarinet ( Grammy Award Nominee ) Cedille CDR 90000 176 E
lgin Symphony Orchestra- Aaron Copland- American Classics Series- Naxos 8.559297
Chicago Chamber Orchestra- Carl Nielsen- Centaur CRC-2024

Basic Teaching Philosophy or Special Music Interests/Specialties

Make Music  |  Share Music  |  Be Happy!

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 

Audrey Morrison is the Director of Jazz Studies and jazz trombone faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. A native of New York City, she studied under Emory Remington and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music where she received a B.M. in music education and a M.M. in Jazz Studies. While at Eastman, she received the coveted Performer's Certificate for superior performance which included a solo concerto performance with the Rochester Philharmonic.

As lead trombonist for over 15 years with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under William Russo and Jon Faddis, she performed with legendary jazz greats including Clark Terry, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Joshua Redman.

She has also been a member of the big bands of Clark Terry, Barrett Deems and the DIVA band in New York City. Audrey has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and at jazz festivals and jazz venues in Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

As principal trombone of the National Arts Centre Orchestra ( Ottawa, Ontario ) for 6 years, the Rochester Philharmonic for 3 summers and the Elgin Symphony for 28 years, she performed with greats Yo Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Isaac Stern, Fredericka Van Stade, Lyn Harrell, Christopher Parkening and many others.

Audrey played for 3 years with the Velvet Brass ( Quintet ) with tubist Velvet Brown and trumpeter Susan Slaughter.

A performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles, she is currently a member of the jazz sextet SHE and the Lake Forest Symphony and teaches at North Park University.

Audrey teaches and performs with the Ravinia Jazz Mentors and at jazz programs for the Jazz Institute of Chicago ( "Women's Leadership Initiative” ) and at the summer Jazz program at Birch Creek Music Center in Door County, Wisconsin.

She is a clinician for Conn-Selmer and is an active adjudicator, clinician and soloist at high school and college jazz festivals.

Audrey is a founding member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago's "Women's Leadership Initiative" mentoring younger female jazz musicians.

Audrey composed "Kaleidosonic Suite" in 2013 for trombone soloist and concert band. She has performed this work, which includes jazz and classical movements, with the Mount Prospect Community Band, the Wilmette Community Band and the North Park University Concert Band.

Most memorable musical moments:
Performing with the MIC Jazz Faculty with Paquito D'Rivera at NCH.

Performing with Clark Terry and former members of the Count Basie Orchestra at the Great Plains JazzCamp.

Performing with pianist Marian McPartland with the Birch Creek Academy Big Band.

Performing with Dave Brubeck at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Performing Duke Ellington's " Black, Brown and Beige" with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

Performing Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and Mahler's "Symphony #5" with the Elgin Symphony.

Anything else we should know?

" 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! "
- Eric Bachman Director of Bands Emerson Middle School

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