About Alan Morrison

A resident of Philadelphia, PA, Alan Morrison was born in Atlanta, GA to a musical family.  Some of his earliest memories of music include falling asleep every evening to beautiful music and methodical practicing by his mother, pianist Jeannine Morrison. He later began studying piano at age 4. Though he originally planned a career in dentistry, he realized his hands and fingers were better suited to the keyboard.  Thus he earned degrees in both organ and collaborative piano at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  His concert career began in earnest after capturing First Prize in two important national organ competitions in 1991 (Arthur Poister National Organ Playing Competition & Clarence Mader National Organ Competition) while still in school and the Silver Medal at the 1994 Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition.  While pursuing post-graduate study at the Juilliard School, he was invited to join the prestigious concert organist management Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc and has since performed in the leading organ venues throughout the USA and Canada.  He has also performed in Russia, UK, Europe, and South America. Engagements include numerous dedicatory recitals, performing as orchestral soloist and collaborative musician as well as giving masterclasses at conservatories, universities/colleges and for The American Guild of Organists.  He has devoted a fair amount of time to adjudication including the 50th Anniversary of the St. Albans Competition (UK) where he served as the sole American judge and solo performer.  He is also notable for his teaching career having taught at the world renowned conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, since 2002 where he holds the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies.  He also holds the McGehee Family Organist Residency at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University (Morrow, GA) and is College Organist at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA).