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Dr. Harmony R. Murphy

 Harmony Murphy is a conductor, singer, and clarinetist. She holds a Doctorate of Arts in Music in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from Ball State University. While at Ball State, she toured with the Ball State Chamber Choir, conducted each of the choral ensembles, and performed in a master class with Daniel Teadt. She conducted the premiere of her edition of the "Misa de Cataluña" in March of 2013 and then sang the same work on a tour to Southern California in May of the same year. Her BSU recital credits include Argento's "Letter's From Composer" as well as conducting the BSU Chamber Choir and Orchestra in Mozart's "Davidde Penitente." She performs frequently in California and throughout the Muncie community, including with the Sing in the Sanctuary (2011-2013) tour.

Murphy also holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from Notre Dame de Namur University. While at NDNU, she sang in a master class with Marc Jacobs and performed in "Amahl and the Night Vistors" and "Suor Angelica." Her recital credits include a lecture on characterization in Aaron Copeland’s "Old American Songs" as well as "Songs of the Rose." In addition, she holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. While there she studied with Donald Brinegar, sang with the Donald Brinegar Singers, and had the opportunity to work with composers in residence John Biggs, Emma Lou Diemer, and Kirke Meechem.

Murphy is an alumna of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. During her time in the chorus, she performed in the 1996 production of La Bohème with the San Francisco Opera. Additionally, she sang with the San Francisco Symphony as well as on multiple other recordings. Her credits include a Grammy for the recording of Persephone (1999) and an Academy Award for What Dreams May Come (1998).  While in Chorissima, she had the opportunity to work with composer David Conte and to headline concurrently with Chanticleer at the National ACDA Convention in Orange County (1997).  As a clarinet player, she toured to Japan with the Bay Area Wind Symphony. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she studied Vocal Performance with Jacalyn Kreitzer. While there she sang in the chamber choir, Polyphonics and had the opportunity to work with Eric Whitacre. She also played in the Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. With these groups she toured to Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Her recital credits include Traveling Through Time. While at Cal Poly, she held numerous scholarships, won a concerto competition, performed with Opera San Luis Obispo, and sang in a master class with Frederica von Stade.

After college, Harmony performed frequently with the San Francisco Lyric Opera and taught music in Orinda. During her years in Orinda, her middle school students toured to perform at Disneyland and the San Francisco Opera a la Carte worked and performed with her elementary students. Additionally, she worked with choirs at the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, and the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Before she began teaching children, she ran the San Francisco Girls Chorus Summer Alumnae performance of Peace. She also prepared the choir and sang in the 2008 performance at Cal Performances with Italian soprano, Nuccia Focile. Additionally, she performed with the Pasadena Pops at the 2007 4th of July celebration at the Rose Bowl.

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