ROCO Commissioned Composer
American oboist Alyssa Morris has delighted audiences around the world with her “skillful,” “fashionable,” and “commendable” musicianship (Fanfare). Recently appointed professor of oboe and music theory at Kansas State University, she also holds the position of 2nd oboe in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Regarding her equally expansive work as a composer, the American Record Guide writes that Alyssa’s music “stands out” as “elegant” and “imaginative.” Her chamber music, in particular, has been widely performed.
American oboist Alyssa Morris has delighted audiences around the world with her “skillful,” “fashionable,” and “commendable” musicianship (Fanfare). She has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Western Europe. Alyssa performed as a recitalist at the 2014 and 2016 International Double Reed (IDRS) Conventions at New York University and Columbus State University. She was recently appointed as the professor of oboe and music theory at Kansas State University. She holds the position of 2nd oboe in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and she has previously held positions with the Utah Wind Symphony, the Utah Baroque Ensemble, and the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. Alyssa has additionally performed with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Lyric Opera, Salt Lake City’s Orchestra at Temple Square, and at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Utah Wind Symphony.
Regarding her equally expansive work as a composer, the American Record Guide writes that Alyssa’s music “stands out” as “elegant” and “imaginative.” Her chamber music is performed extensively around the world, and has been presented at five IDRS Conventions, the National Flute Association Convention, and the Society of Composers Inc. National Convention.
Alyssa has been commissioned to write music for the Arizona State University faculty wind quartet, Dr. Mark Ostoich (professor of oboe at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music), Brigham Young University’s Sundance Trio, Ohio University’s Athenia Chamber Ensemble, the Brigham Young University Symphonic Band, and Carolyn Hove (principal English horn of the L.A. Philharmonic), to name a few. Alyssa’s music has been recorded on the Centaur and MSR Classics labels, and her compositions are published with TrevCo Music Publishing.
Alyssa is an award-winning oboist and composer. She was a 2016 PEO award winner, and was selected as the Idagrace Guy Endowed Scholar. Alyssa was the only music major to receive a top ten position in this competition amongst the hundreds of female doctoral students who applied from the United States and Canada. Alyssa is using the PEO Scholar Award to record and commercially release a CD of her own music.
Alyssa received her BM (2007) and her MM (2012) in oboe performance from Brigham Young University where she studied with Dr. Geralyn Giovannetti. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in oboe performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Dr. Mark Ostoich. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their two children.