Michael Murphy, Ph.D.
Director of Choral Activities
Michael Murphy joined the faculty in 2008. His teaching duties include Vandaleers Concert Choir, Men's Chorus, graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, choral literature, and choral methods courses.
- Ph.D., Choral Conducting & Choral Music Education, Florida State University, 2008
- M.Mus., Choral Music Education, East Carolina University, 2003
- B.Mus., Choral Music Education, East Carolina University, 1998
Michael Murphy is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Idaho where he conducts choral ensembles, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, choral techniques and administers the masters in choral conducting program. Recently, Michael was recognized with the University of Idaho Mid-Career Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching and engagement. He is the founder of the annual Idaho Bach Festival.
Dr. Murphy serves as an active adjudicator and clinician for workshops, festivals, honor choirs and clinics and his international conducting experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar to Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, and Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies. Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir scheduled to be published by GIA in 2017.
As an active member, he has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO and other professional organizations. As a passionate champion of music for all, Michael has had experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned community and church choirs. Murphy received his degrees in Conducting and Choral Music Education from Florida State University and East Carolina University. Michael resides in Moscow, Idaho with his wife, Claire, and two sons, William and Colin.
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