Erik Morales

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Erik Morales


Erik Morales (b. 10 December 1966, New York City, N.Y.) is an American composer, conductor, arranger and trumpeter.

Mr. Morales' composing career began shortly after graduation from high school in 1985 in South Florida when his former band director offered to pay him to arrange music for the marching band. He studied composition at Florida International University, and completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (1989) where he was mentored by renowned music educator Dr. Quincy Hilliard and studied trumpet with Dr. Gary Mortenson and Rich Stoelzel.

Mr. Morales has composed best-selling music for many types of genres (classical, jazz, pop). His many published works encompass a large variety of styles and settings, including works for wind, orchestral, jazz and chamber ensembles and have been part of featured performances across the globe. In addition to his published works he also is commissioned regularly by schools and organizations nationwide.

In 2002 Mr. Morales signed an exclusive contract with the FJH Music Company for his educational wind and string works. Most recently, his critically acclaimed chamber ensembles have won numerous awards including first place performances at the 2006 and 2008 National Trumpet Competitions. His Concerto For Trumpet in C and Piano has gained widespread popularity and has become part of the standard repertoire.

Currently, Mr. Morales teaches and plays trumpet professionally in the New Orleans area, in addition to maintaining an active composing and conducting schedule.

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