Dr. Paul Morton serves as the Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette. In addition to graduate and undergraduate trumpet, he also teaches jazz improvisation, jazz history, high brass pedagogy (trumpet and French horn), conducts the UL Trumpet Ensemble, and coordinates the student brass chamber music program. He regularly performs with the Acadiana Symphony, the Rapides Symphony, the Louisiana Brass Quintet, and the Cypress Lake Sextet (UL Jazz Faculty).
Dr. Morton performs, presents master classes, and adjudicates across the United States and internationally. International engagements have included performing in St. Petersburg, Russia with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, a Belgium tour as jazz soloist with the UL Jazz Ensemble, guest recitalist and clinician University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and two trips to Hong Kong, China as brass adjudicator and clinician. In December 2014 he toured mainland China as jazz trumpet soloist with the concert band “Windiana”. Nationally, Morton has served as clinician at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois, and judge/performer at the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) in Washington, DC. In Louisiana Dr. Morton regularly judges the state trumpet finals.
In the summer, Dr. Morton is a faculty member at the National Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) Academy and Festival. At LSM he teaches trumpet, coordinates the jazz program, and performs with the Praetorius Brass Quintet.
Prior to coming to Louisiana in 1998, Dr. Morton served as Assistant Professor of High Brass at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN. In Minnesota, Dr. Morton taught trumpet, horn, jazz improvisation and was interim chair of the music department.
Morton holds the DMA (Trumpet Performance) from the University of Alabama. Other degrees include the Artist Diploma from the Hartt School of Music, and MM and BM from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has studied with such notable trumpeters as Ray Mase, Chris Gekker, and Armando Ghitalla.