Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan M.

Santa Barbara, CA

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Jonathan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

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Students receive personalized individual instruction of viola and violin by a conservatory-trained professional with over 20 years experience for all ages and abilities beginning at 6 years of age and up. Students experience customized instruction to develop musical proficiency at the highest level.

Dr. Morgan teaches in communities across the central coast and LA area: Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Ventura, Oxnard, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.

Violist Jonathan Morgan specializes in the music of living composers. He’s a founding member and Executive Director of the Now Hear Ensemble. Jonathan is on the artist roster of the Aerocade Music label, on which he released a recording of Nick Norton's Elegy II and is donating all proceeds from the recording to the ACLU. This season, Jonathan is giving world premiere performances of newly-commissioned music at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Los Angeles City College, and has performed at the NOW Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eureka Musical Minds of California Conference, Synchromy, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and the UCSB Summer Music Festival. Jonathan is a member of the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra and has performed as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, and as soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish. He can be heard on three albums; My Hope is Arisen, Made in California, and The Lament Cycle. Jonathan holds a B.M. from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He was recently appointed to the viola faculty at CalPoly San Luis Obispo for the 2017-18 academic year and is former faculty of violin, viola, and chamber music at the Preparatory and Continuing Education Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Teaching Artist
Sep 2011 - Present
Santa Barbara Symphony String Workshop

Coaching violin and viola students in weekly sectional rehearsals and after school classes​.

Individual Instruction
Sep 2008 - Present
Viola & Violin Studio of Dr. Jonathan Morgan

Violin and Viola lessons for all ages and ability levels, with an emphasis in beginning and you/adult age groups.

Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Lecturer for all viola majors and minors.

String Assistant
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Dos Pueblos High School

Bi-weekly coachings for strings students in orchestral repertoire.

Violin Class Instructor
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Peabody Charter School

Weekly group violin classes for the 4th grade student body.

Viola & Violin Faculty
Jul 2008 - Aug 2009
Cleveland Institute of Music, Preparatory & Continuing Education Dept.

Violin and Viola lessons for all ages and ability levels, with an emphasis in beginning and you/adult age groups.

Viola & Violin Faculty
Jun 2008 - Aug 2009
Solon Center for the Arts

Violin and Viola lessons for all ages and ability levels, with an emphasis in beginning and you/adult age groups.


Doctor of Musical Arts
Sep 2010 - Mar 2014
University of California Santa Barbara
Master of Music
Aug 2006 - May 2008
Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2002 - May 2006
Peabody Convservatory

Photos & Videos

Elegy II by Nick Norton & Jonathan Morgan
Federico Llach's El libro de los flasheos
Perishable Music Improvisation 1
Perishable Music Improvisation 2
Perishable Music Improvisation 3
VER 2014 TV Commercial
VER 2013
VER Mujeres Apasionadas (winter, 2014) 20 second version
VER Mujeres Apasionadas (winter, 2014) 40 second version
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