Contact & Location


Lionel Hampton School of Music

Physical Address:
Corner of Blake & W. Sweet Ave.
PHONE: 208-885-6231
FAX: 208-885-7254
EMAIL: music@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Lionel Hampton School of Music
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4015
Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy, Ph.D.

Office: Music 211
Phone: (208) 885-1006
Email: michaelm@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Lionel Hampton School of Music
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4015

Lionel Hampton School of Music
Director of Choral Activities

Home Town: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Choral Activities
    • Conducting
  • Biography
    Michael Murphy, Ph.D. is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Conducting at the University of Idaho’s School of Music, where he conducts the Vandaleer Concert Choir, University Chorus and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and choral methods. He also serves as the Artistic and Music Director for the Palouse Choral Society and Palouse Festival Orchestra.

    Murphy, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, received his degrees in Conducting and Choral Music Education from Florida State University and East Carolina University. His dissertation, Performance Practice of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passio secundum Johannem – A Study of Twenty-Five years of Recorded History as Influenced by the Historically Informed Performance Movement was awarded a grant for dissertation research. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Idaho Bach Festival.

    In 2007, Murphy made his international conducting debut in the People’s Republic of China. He conducted choirs in concert venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China, the Yanshan University in Qinghuandao and Tianjin University in Tianjin. The same year, he conducted Florida State University Singers at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Miami, Florida for the Exhibitors Concert. Since Murphy’s arrival to the University of Idaho, the Vandaleer Concert Choir has undertaken annual tours in the Northwest and, in 2010, a two-week tour of Austria, Germany and Czech Republic. Notable European performances included St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, St. Vitus’s Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic and the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany.

    Prior to his move to the University of Idaho, Professor Murphy taught many levels from elementary to university students. His choirs consistently were recognized with distinction earning all superior ratings at choral festivals. As an active member, Murphy has held several state leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Presently he is President-Elect for the Idaho state chapter of the American Choral Director Association. Murphy continues to serve as an active adjudicator and clinician for workshops, festivals, honor choirs and clinics.

    For more information, please visit: www.murphyconductor.com