Fred Morgan

    Fred Morgan has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as the second
    percussionist since October, 2012. He also performs as the principal timpanist of the
    Duluth Superior Symphony since 2008. Fred’s further professional experience includes
    performing timpani and percussion at the Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber
    Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, Hong
    Kong Philharmonic, and Tucson Chamber Artists to name a few.

    Fred received his Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance under the study of Jack
    van Geem at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and received his Master’s degree
    at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Will Hudgins. After the
    completion of his graduate study, he returned to his hometown San Francisco to study
    timpani performance further with David Herbert. His other instructors have been James
    Lee Wyatt, and a jazz artist Alan Hall.

    In 2003, Fred won the first prize in the Young Artist Competition at the Oakland East
    Bay Symphony, and as a winner he performed William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto with
    the orchestra. He was also a member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra from 1997-
    2002. In addition, Fred has participated in numerous music festivals throughout the
    world, including Spoleto USA, Aspen, Schleswig-Holstein, National Repertory Orchestra
    (timpani), Jeunesses Musicales, Midsummer Mozart, Bear Valley, and Mendocino.

    As a San Francisco native, Fred spends most of his time between Tucson and San
    Francisco. During the summer months, he enjoys his time in the bay area with his wife
    and two beloved cats.