Tommy Morrison



How you got started playing your instrument

I began playing the flute when I was seven, and took up bassoon right when I was finishing elementary school. My best friend was a bass player so we grew up playing a lot of bass clef duets. 

Favorite composer

My favorites are Stravinsky, Ravel, and Strauss.

Favorite solo piece

I am a huge fan of the Concertino for Bassoon and Piano (or sometimes full orchestra) by Marcel Bitsch.

Other than classical music, ____ is on my phone/iPod

My favorite band is Lettuce. I like to describe them as a cross between Tower of Power and something completely new and constantly evolving. 

Activities, hobbies, interests, outside of music

I love to play pick up sports and I’m a huge New York Yankees fan. I am an avid snowboarder, but have gotten into longboarding as a close substitute. 

Guilty pleasure

The elusive third cup of coffee for the day.

More about Tommy Morrison

A dynamic performer and educator, Tommy Morrison has performed as acting principal bassoon of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theater since Fall 2017. He has played throughout the Hawaiian islands, and collaborated with both Chamber Music Hawaii and the Maui Chamber Orchestra. Tommy has also worked with the LA  Opera, Alabama Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic. As a member of the Noctua Wind Quintet, he has won top prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competitions. He has collaborated with Jean-Ives Thibaudet, and members of the Enso and Cleveland String Quartets and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He also serves as Lecturer in Bassoon at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. 

Tommy received degrees from Rice University Shepherd School of Music (BM) and the Colburn School (MM). His principal teachers are Benjamin Kamins, Richard Beene, and Marc Goldberg.