B i o g r a p h y
William A. Murphy, is the Staff Accompanist at Morehead State University, in Morehead, KY. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master of Arts in Performance. While at MSU, he has worked with many students preparing for degree recitals, choral ensemble concerts, opera and musical productions. He has given several recitals with outstanding faculty, and performed as a guest artist at Berry College, Rome, GA and the University of Louisville. In March of 2018, a World Premiere performance of Carter Pann's "Giantess" for Flute and Piano was performed at Morehead State. Additional performances have been heard at the KMEA conference in 2017, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) in 2018, Flute Society of Kentucky (FSK) in the spring of 2019 and the International Trombone Festival (ITF) in the summer of 2019.
Previous to his position at MSU, he was an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University beginning in January 2013 that involved many roles - private applied voice instruction, theory and aural skills, class piano, directing the Choral Union, pianist/coach for the Opera Workshop and pianist for degree recitals.
As a graduate student at Marshall, he was a finalist for the Spring 2012 Marshall University Concert of Soloists Competition performing the first movement from the Shostakovich Piano Concerto, No. 2 with the MU Orchestra and was second prize winner of the WVMTA Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition in October 2012.
Since April 2010, he has been the Organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington and in 2013, he received the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. In addition to this position, he was the pianist/organist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston for eight years, performing large choral works including Messiah (Handel), Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms),
The Ballad of William Sycamore (Stevens), and Weinachts-Oratorium (Bach)
and concluding his tenure with Musikaliches Exequien (Schütz) and
He received a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance with Cum Laude honors from Morehead State University in December 2009. He participated as a student and accompanist for the participants of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies program in Salzburg, Austria (Summers 2007 and 2009).
Mr. Murphy occasionally is a staff accompanist for the KY State NATS and Mid-South Regional NATS competitions. He is happy to return to his Alma Mater and looks forward to continuing his passion for collaborative music at Morehead State University.