Morrison, Charles Walthall was born on July 30, 1856 in Covington, Kentucky, United States. Son of David and Martha (Mitchell) Morrison.
Graduate Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1880 (Bachelor of Music, 1906, honorary Master of Arts, 1908. Doctor of Music, Cornell College, 1909). Studied music Berlin and Leipzig, 1882-1885, Berlin, 1894-1895.
Instructor pianoforte, 1880-1882, 1885-1892, professor pianoforte, since 1892, and director, 1902-1924, Oberlin Conservatory of Music (director emeritus).