Our Mission: Inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders.
Key to Change students take private, group and ensemble lessons.
Key to Change violin studies participate in master classes taught by guest artists.
Key to Change students perform in quarterly recitals.
Key to Change is a Washington State 501c3 nonprofit organization that inspires underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Founded and directed by violinist, educator, and entrepreneur Dr. Quinton Morris, Key to Change strives to dispel the “starving artist” mentality and provide young artists with the educational tools and resources they need in order to grow and thrive as musicians and as individuals.
Key to Change recently launched a violin studio, of the same name, in South King County which serves middle and high school students of color and economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Renton, Kent, Auburn, Maple Valley, and Federal Way neighborhoods. Quinton Morris opened the studio after returning from his 25-city BREAKTHROUGH World Tour, which paired chamber music recitals with educational outreach and community service in under-resourced communities around the globe.
The Key to Change studio offers scholarships for students requiring financial assistance. Click here to sign up for lessons!
Key to Change serves racially and economically diverse students in South King County through music education and mentorship.
Enrollment in Key to Change provides access to a range of programs, including group and private lessons, performance opportunities and scholarships.
At Key to Change, we hold ourselves to the following values in order to deliver and drive our mission:
Dr. Quinton Morris
“As an educator I strive to connect students with the art of music-making and performance, giving them the tools and support they need in order to grow as artists. Throughout my lessons, I help cultivate a spirit of confidence and innovation that will serve students in both their creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. My passion for teaching shines through in my commitment to helping students achieve success on whichever educational voyage they choose in life.”
Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker.
In 2015, Quinton founded Key to Change, a nonprofit with the mission of igniting positive change in the world through music and education. Key to Change has a violin studio in South King County, which will serve middle and high school students of color and lower economic backgrounds in Renton, Kent, Auburn, Maple Valley, and Federal Way neighborhoods.
Quinton recently returned home from his BREAKTHROUGH World Tour, which paired recitals with educational outreach and community service in hospitals and orphanages. He performed, lectured, and taught in over 25 cities across five continents, with an emphasis on providing education and musical materials to under-resourced communities.
The tour also featured screenings of Quinton’s short film The BREAKTHROUGH, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris, among other distinguished venues. Quinton directed and starred in the film, which tells a modernized story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges: a musician of African origin who, against all odds, rose to become one of the most prolific and forgotten figures of the 18th century.
Additional career highlights include solo appearances with the Seattle Symphony, three consecutive years of sold out recitals at Carnegie Hall, eleven years as Artistic Director of The Young Eight String Octet and a TEDxSeattle talk on “The Age of the Artist Entrepreneur.” He is also on the board of trustees for Artist Trust.
Dr. Quinton Morris is a native of Renton, Washington. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of Seattle University in 2007 as Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music. He is the first tenured music professor at Seattle University in 30 years and the second living African-American violinist in United States history to receive such a distinction.
Board of Directors
- Dr. Quinton Morris, Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music, Seattle University
- William Yu, Regional Assistant Vice President, Bank of America
- Micaela Pearson, Director of Community Outreach, NOISE – Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc.
- Keith Thomas, Marketing Consultant, Lenati
- Alan Garrett, Attorney, Liberty Mutual
- Matthew Byers, Director of Infrastructure Operations, Seattle University
- Iann Jensen, CPA, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.
- Viesta Morris, Office Manager, King County
- Sean Greenlee, Manager Global Social Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company
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- Bernard Ablola, Founder, Think Strategy
- Alexander Diaz, Territory Manager, Uber
- Chris Tugwell, CEO, Be Well Consulting
- Stephanie Ellis-Smith, CEO Phila Giving
- Vivian Phillips, Arts Consultant
- Marcie Maxwell, Community Leader
- Peter Drury, Vice President for Mission Advancement, Make-A-Wish Foundation