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.
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