Live N’ Local with Brian Morales

Brian Morales is a composer who thrives on the communal participation of music and storytelling. He is most widely known for his orchestration of John Doyle’s The Color Purple, which featured Cynthia Erivo. From a young age, Disney’s Fantasia has always inspired Brian: The combination of expressive and extroverted visuals mixed with dynamic, melodramatic music is an element that regularly dominates his creative output. Many have complimented his music for its emotional catharsis and descriptive, film score-like quality.

His chamber ballet, Strangers, was his first serious large-form work for woodwind quintet, percussion and 4 dancers — completed during the pandemic. Brian, being no stranger to orchestral writing, won first place in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic EQT Young Composer Contest and, as both a Talis and Alba Music scholar. He received his M.M. in composition from the Manhattan School of Music and B.M. from California State University Fullerton. Find out more at