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Ben Morton

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 30, 2022

Ben Morton packs a powerful combination of being bassoonist and pianist, earning gold ratings for both from the Indiana State School Music Association. His grandmother, a former Indiana Music Teacher of the Year, got him started at 5 years old on the piano. “A lot of people forget, it’s not always about the notes, it’s not always about the accuracy, but it’s about the music,” he said. “You can play the right notes, but if there’s not musicality (your self-expression) about it, it’s all for nothing.”The bassoon is not a mainstream or pop instrument, but Morton says that changes when someone gives it a chance.“It’s quiet and low key, but it makes an impression,” he said, pointing to moments where the bassoon stands out in Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.“When they listen, they are impressed, because it has such a unique mellow sound,” he said.Morton is splitting his time with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Homestead Symphony.While also working as a teacher, he’s been described as “beyond passionate.”


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