Michael Murphy


Michael Murphy is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University. Before his appointment to SFASU, Michael was Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at University of Idaho for nine years, where he was Founder and Artistic Director of the Idaho Bach Festival and was recognized with the UI Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and engagement.

Dr. Murphy is an active clinician, adjudicator, and author. His international conducting and teaching experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Panama, and Sweden. Murphy is the co-author and editor of Conducting Primer in Practice, has been published several times in Choral Journal, and contributed to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir.

As a passionate champion of music for all, Michael has experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned collegiate, community, school, and church choirs. His choirs have been invited to perform for several state and regional ACDA and NafME conferences, and he has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, and NCCO. Murphy received his degrees in conducting and choral music education from Florida State University and East Carolina University.