Morris Picked to Conduct All State Choir

Gary E. Morris, director of choirs at Arkansas Tech University, has received the distinction of serving as conductor for the Arkansas All State Mixed Choir during the 2017 Arkansas Choral Directors Association (ArkCDA) All State Clinic in Hot Springs on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The performance will begin at noon in hall A at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Admission will be open to the public.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of ArkCDA and its All State Choir program. Morris’ selection marks just the third time in those 50 years that the conductor for the honor choir has been from Arkansas.

An honorary member of ArkCDA, Morris served on the organization’s board for 24 years during his time as a secondary choral educator.

Morris has served as a member of the ATU faculty since 2002. He will retire effective May 13, 2017.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.


  1. Suzanne Hughes says:

    Gary Morris was my high school choir director. One year at some choral event that I believe may have been All State, the guest conductor dismissed the rehearsal, asking that the members of the Forrest City High School remain behind. Without telling us why, he ran us alone through some of the music, cutting us off at odd points, building us up to huge crescendos and then down to the smallest pianissimo, drawing it out into the silence before a final cut off. He didn’t say anything for a minute. Then he turned to Mr. Morris and said, “Directing them is like playing a finely tuned organ.”
    If we hadn’t known before (we were not short of ego…!) we then certainly knew the esteem in which our director was held by his peers.
    We thought he was pretty old back then, but of course, he was just a young pup with his career in front of him. Congratulations, Mr. Morris, on this recognition, and thank you for the joy you have given so many, expressed through music.

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