Renowned Trio Luthiers Donate Instrument for Student Use

geoffrey liu, jason starkie, amariah strand, madison wooley, and dr. quinton morris at key to change

Pictured from Left to Right: Geoffrey Liu (music instructor), Jason Starkie (violin maker), Amariah Strand, Madison Wooley and Dr. Quinton Morris with new violins at the Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 12th. A trio of renowned luthiers (a creator of stringed instruments) donated a handmade violin, worth $17,000 to Key to Change. The violin was […]

Students featured on Unmute The Voices on KING FM

Dr. Xin Chang (piano), Dr. Quinton Morris with Eden Pawlos, Richie Doan and Amariah Strand

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Xin Chang (piano), Dr. Quinton Morris with Eden Pawlos, Richie Doan and Amariah Strand Three violin students, Eden Pawlos, Richie Doan and Amariah Strand are featured young artists on the video series, Unmute The Voices, on Classical King FM 98.1. The event took place at the recital hall at […]

Award-Winning Artist is named new Composer-in-Residence

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Patrice Rushen, an award winning musician will serve as the second Composer-in-Residence at Key to Change for the 2021-2022 academic year. Patrice will compose and teach original solo and chamber music works for both violin and viola string students of all musical levels that they will perform in a virtual concert in the spring 2022. […]

Violist Beth Chu Joins Key to Change as Faculty Member

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“Joining the Key to Change family is the thing I am most looking forward to in this new academic year. I have been inspired and motivated by what I see happening between the students and their mentors and I am so excited and grateful to get to be a part of this incredible and important […]

Key to Change Students Receive Community Funded Scholarships

Left picture: Councilmember Dave Upthegrove presents Jolene Nguyen with a scholarship. Right picture: Members of the Ballard Rotary Club present Malak Ali with a scholarship.  Key to Change Students Receive Community Funded Scholarships This past Saturday, August 14, 2021 twenty-two students performed at Key to Change’s Summer Finale Student Concert. This concert was held at […]

String Students perform LIVE on Classical King FM 98.1

Solo String festivals Winners at KING FM

Left to Right: Beth Gutherman Chu (Solo String Festival Judge), Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, Henry Williams (First Place Winner of the Junior Division), Eden Pawlos (Second Place Winner of the Junior Division), Thea Weinbeck (First Place Winner of the Senior Division), Sean Maclean (host of NW Focus Live) and Geoffrey Liu (Music […]

Congratulations!Festival Winners Announced

The second annual Solo String Festival took place April 9-11, 2021 where 40+ middle and high school violinists and violists from South King County performed and competed for prizes at Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall. Thea Weinbeck (senior competitive division) and Henry Williams (junior competitive division) took home first place, which included college scholarships and an […]

Underserved student musicians play Benaroya Hall


Over a three-day weekend, forty-one student musicians who play violin and viola; and live and attend middle and high school in South King County will perform and compete for prizes, college scholarships and an opportunity to perform live on Classical King FM 98.1 at Key to Change’s annual Solo String Festival. The Solo String Festival […]

Classical KING FM takes steps to address issues of equity and inclusion

Feb. 3, 2021 Quinton Morris, associate professor of music at Seattle University and founder of the nonprofit Key to Change Classical KING FM 98.1, the Seattle-based, listener-supported classical music radio station, is moving to address issues of equity and inclusion, and taking steps to make classical music more accessible. KING FM leaders acknowledge the need […]