Seth Morris serves as Acting Principal Flute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has been Principal Flute with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras since 2012. He previously held positions with the New World Symphony and West Michigan Symphony and has performed with ensembles across the United States including the Houston, Detroit, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, American Ballet Theatre, and the Dallas Winds. Seth was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and performed at the Bay View Music Festival.
A laureate of multiple competitions, Seth won first prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Competition, the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, and both the Kentucky Flute Festival's Young Artist and Collegiate Artist Competitions. In 2015, Seth won the bronze medal at the Ima Hogg Competition where he gave the Houston Symphony premiere of the Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto; he also has given concerto performances with the Boston Chamber Symphony, the Bay View Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Seth was acknowledged for outstanding artistic achievement by The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
In addition to his performing career, Seth has taught at numerous universities and festivals around the country. Apart from maintaining his own private studio, he has served as guest professor at the University of Michigan and University of Texas at Arlington. Additionally, Seth has been a Guest Artist or featured clinician at the Texas Flute Festival, Houston Flute Fest, Long Beach Flute Institute, Floot Fire Houston, Texas Music Festival, and Kentucky Flute Festival, and has served on the chamber music faculty for the Houston Youth Symphony. His articles have been published in The Flutist Quarterly and The Floot Fire Book: Advanced.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Seth went on to earn a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music in Music Education summa cum laude at the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music with Honors at the New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance degree at the University of Michigan. His teachers include Paula Robison, Amy Porter, Fenwick Smith, and Gordon Cole.
Seth is a William S. Haynes Artist.