Joseph Morris

Instrument: Clarinet

Education: University of Southern California and the Colburn Conservatory of Music

Hometown: Los Gatos, California

Neighborhood: Mt. Adams

Joined the CSO in 2020

Professional experiences: Principal Clarinet of Pacific Symphony (2016-2020), Principal Clarinet of Sarasota Opera (2015-2016), Principal Clarinet of Madison Symphony Orchestra (2013-2016)

Inspiration as a musician: The incredible musicianship of my colleagues and the natural beauty of the world around us.

What's on your playlist? It's usually a pretty eclectic mix! Right now it’s a mix of Pink Martini, Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, Lizzo, Martin Fröst and the Miro Quartet’s Beethoven String Quartet Cycle 

Funniest concert memory: I was a fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra in the summer of 2011. I had won their concerto competition and the night that I was set to perform my concerto with the orchestra it was particularly stormy weather in Breckenridge. During the introduction, right as the orchestra hit a climactic minor chord, the entire city lost power—including the concert hall. I stood there in the dark, laughing with all of my colleagues and the audience, as we waited several minutes for the lights to come back on.

Favorite things to do in Cincinnati? Walking around Eden Park and trying all the great local craft beer.

Hobbies: Hiking, photography and cooking

Where is the strangest place you’ve practiced? When I was a student at USC I won a competition to appear as soloist with the Burbank Philharmonic. Unbeknownst to me, the concert was set to take place in a cemetery! When I arrived at the venue (which was a large mausoleum in the cemetery), my “dressing room” was just the storage closet filled with all manner of different funeral accessories. It was definitely a rather odd experience to practice there!