October 14, 1932 - August 4, 2016
Born in Bloomington, IN
Resided in Cincinnati, OH
Professor Morris' mother, a pianist herself, discovered her son's talent early, so at the age of four, he began studying piano, moving on to the Indiana University School of Music by age ten, and giving his first full recital at the age of twelve. His studies there at Indiana took him through his Bachelor and Master's degrees with his teachers: Adolph Weiser, Bruno Eisner, Walter Robert, and Sidney Foster. He later was on the Music Alumni Board at his alma mater.
Mr. Morris served in the US Army as a Lieutenant in the Quarter Master Corp.
In 1976, Mr. Morris came to CCM as head of the piano faculty, following sixteen years at the University of Missouri in Columbia in that same position.
Performing and teaching were his passion, and his many outstanding and successful students are his legacy. He was proud to be the winner twice of the Glover Award for Teaching given annually at CCM, as well as being an honorary member of the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association.
His repertoire of over thirty concerti offered many opportunities to perform with orchestras coast to coast. His love of performing the Twenty-four Chopin Etudes as well as the Twenty-four Debussy Preludes gave him a reputation as a genre recitalist. He retired from CCM in 2005.
Mr. Morris served as president of the Missouri Music Teachers' Association, the Ohio Music Teachers' Association, and as president of the Music Teachers' National Association, along with numerous other positions in this organization. He loved organizational work and thrived as he worked with teachers and students in this capacity. He was a Foundation Fellow in MTNA.
His Wapin Piano Bridge CD put him at the top of the charts on MP3 before MP3 was a household word.
Dick loved family, music, fishing, traveling, and was just an all-around good guy with many interests and talents. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial concert will be given in Professor Morris' honor on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. in CCM's Werner Recital Hall on the campus of he University of Cincinnati.
The public is invited to attend.
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