Robert L. Morris

Robert L. Morris, a well published composer and arranger, is Director of Choral Activities at Macalester. Because of his earlier experience as a choral arranger for the late Edward Duke Ellington, Morris was called upon the be a part of an istitute entitled Jazz: the Rediscovery of African American Authenticity. The school district of Pierre, South Dakota, specifically engaged Morris for the information he could impart on the choral music of African Americans. By request Morris returned as guest conductor for the Honors Choir performance sponsored by the St. Paul School District in cooperation with the Education Department of the Ordway Theatre. He traveled to Cuba in 1994, 1995, and 1996, where he made presentations and led performances and discussions of African American religious music as part of a conference entitled Culture and Social Transformation: The Cuban and the African American, involving most major Cuban universities. Morris is founder and conductor of the Leigh Morris Chorale.

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