Director of Cultural Arts


Mr. Morrison has served as the Director of Cultural Arts for the Ossining Union Free School District since July of 2009. In this capacity he supervises all programs, curricula and teachers for music, art and theater for all six of our Ossining Schools. During his tenure as Director of Cultural Arts, the Ossining Schools have been recognized as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation for 7 consecutive years; they have been named a Grammy Signature School SemiFinalist, and recieved the Prestigious Program in Music award from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 

 

In addition to his work in the Ossining Schools, Mr. Morrison is the Founder, Director and Principal Conductor for the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester (YWEW). YWEW received Honorable Mention in the High School Band division of the American Prize Competition in 2017. Additionally, YWEW is a finalist for the American Prize for 2018, and Mr. Morrison has been named a 2018 finalist in the conducting division. 


Mr. Morrison currently serves as the President of the Westchester County Arts Leadership Association, and is President of the New York State Band Directors Association. He is a past executive board member of the Westchester County School Music Association, and is the founder of the Rivertowns Middle School Honor Band and Orchestra Festival.  Mr. Morrison also serves as the Director of Music for St. Ann's Parish in Ossining.

 

Mr. Morrison received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. His primary instrument is Euphonium, and his principal teachers include Glenn Call ("President's Own" Marine Band), Barry Kilpatrick (Erie Philharmonic), and Lon Gormley (Buffalo Philharmonic). Mr. Morrison received a Master of Science degree in School Building Leadership, and an Advanced Diploma in School District Leadership from Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle, respectively. He has also completed two years of Divinity Studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY.