Seth Allyn Morris

Seth Allyn Morris is the Principal Flutist of the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras. Prior to his appointment in 2012, he held positions with the New World Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony. He has performed with orchestras across the United States including the Houston, Detroit, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras. He has made concerto appearances with the Bay View Chamber Orchestra, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Symphony, where he performed the HSO premiere of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto.


Seth has won First Prize at the National Flute Association’s 2014 Young Artist Competition, the 2009 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Competition, and the 2010 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, and won the bronze medal at the 2015 Ima Hogg Competition. In 2008, he was acknowledged for outstanding artistic achievement by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.


In addition to his performing career, Seth is a committed educator. He has served as guest professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, he has been a Guest Artist or featured clinician at the Texas Flute Festival, Houston Flute Fest, Long Beach Flute Institute, Floot Fire Houston, Texas Music Festival, and Kentucky Flute Festival. His articles have been published in The Flutist Quarterly and The Floot Fire Book: Advanced.


Seth holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his doctorate in 2012. His principal teachers include Paula Robison, Fenwick Smith, Amy Porter, and Gordon Cole.