Steven Morgan got his start in music when his mother refused to sign his permission slip for pee-wee football. She instead convinced him to play recorder. He took lessons over the phone from his grandmother and then transitioned to clarinet in middle school. It wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school that his parents and band director cast the bait that hooks so many young musicians. They told Steven that he would be much more satisfied if he accepted the challenge of learning bassoon, arguably the most difficult of all instruments. He would also have many more performance opportunities since bassoon is such an uncommon instrument. Moreover, colleges were so desperate for good bassoonists they basically handed out scholarships to anyone with a double reed! Turns out they were right and bassoon ended up being one of the best things to ever come into Steven’s life.
Steven went on to earn degrees from the University of Redlands and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in music performance. He studied abroad for six months at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In the Puget Sound (his home since 2001) Steven earned positions with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Lake Washington Symphony, and Everett Philharmonic. As a substitute musician he performs with almost every professional ensemble in Washington, most notably the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.