David Morris : Associate Artist
David Morris was born in Sea Lake, Victoria in 1964. He grew up in country towns in Victoria and South Australia, and learned piano from the age of seven and clarinet while at high school. He was awarded major prizes for piano from the Australian Music Examinations Board and the Adelaide Eisteddfod, and gained a Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Adelaide in 1985. He developed a strong interest in choral singing during his university years, and has sung in parish, cathedral, university, community and festival choirs in several Australian states.
He began composing in his early teens, and has gained the diplomas of Licentiate of the Trinity College of London in Compositional Techniques in 1995, and of Fellowship in Composition in 1996. Also in 1996, he was accepted by the Australian Music Centre for associate representation as a composer.
His compositions sit firmly within the Western classical tradition, with influences as diverse as plainchant, Celtic folk, middle-of-the-road jazz and blues, and minimalism. A well-crafted, elegant, approachable and deceptively simple style yields depths and detail to challenge and reward performers and listeners. He has a special interest in choral, vocal solo and chamber instrumental music, and in compositions and arrangements for less usual or flexible combinations.
After working as a music teacher in Australia and an English as a second language teacher in Australia and South Korea, he is now working as a legal editor and singing in a church choir and two community choirs. He has also typeset music for some of Australia's leading composers for performance and publication in Australia and overseas.
David Morris — current to February 2021