Flutist Erin Kendall Murphy has an active and multifaceted career as a performer and educator. She frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. Educationally, her overarching goals are developing the talents of people of all ages and fostering community spirit.
Erin is active as a solo performer with orchestras and made her debut with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2013 performing Paul Taffanel’s Fantaisie on Themes from Weber’s Der Freischütz in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan. She has also performed with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Mode chamber ensemble and Gaudete Brass, Southport Symphony Orchestra (IL), Isthmus Chamber Orchestra (WI), Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra (IL), and with both the chamber and symphony orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent chamber music appearances include those with the Whitewater Chamber Players, Sapphire Woodwind Quintet, and Lakeshore Rush. Past performances include those with the Wingra Woodwind Quintet, UW-Madison flute octet (National Flute Association Convention, New Orleans), Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (UW-Madison), Windover Piano Duo, and as a flute duo with Jennifer Wilhelms. Dr. Murphy performed on recitals in England while studying at Trevor Wye’s international studio, and joined the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra while on tour in Budapest, Vienna, Olomouc, and Prague. She is a founding member and flutist of Lakeshore Rush, a Pierrot plus percussion ensemble that collaborates with composers and performs accessible contemporary works in Chicago and beyond. During their 2014-2015 inaugural season, they commissioned composers Joshua Hintze and Laura Schwendinger to write new works for their instrumentation. Erin has also performed solo recitals in Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Texas.
Erin can frequently be found performing in non-traditional venues, making music accessible to everyone in the community. While completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she performed in a woodwind quintet for Classical Revolution Madison at local coffee shops, pubs, and community centers. She has also performed at the R.C. Miller Memorial Library (TX), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Capitol Lakes retirement community, and Chicago’s Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Her more traditional performance venues have included those for the Musicians Club of Women at the Union League Club of Chicago, Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, and VanderCook College of Music.
As a supporter and performer of new music, Erin has performed in diverse groups such as a laptop trio (two laptops and flute with amplification) with composers Joshua Hintze and Rich Freeze. She has had compositions written for her by Joshua Hintze, Farid Javidan and Daniel Perlongo, and has premiered works by Jonathan Cohen and Stephen Dembski. She is also a winner of the Schoolcraft College Honors Award, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Young Artist Award, and the Farmington Musicale Honors Competition.
As an educator, Dr. Murphy strives to bring music to students of all ages. Orff-Schulwerk trained, she has taught music to children as young as six months through high school at the Suzuki-Orff School of Music, Chicago Jewish Day School, and the Center School of Music. In addition, she taught music theory classes for five years at the People’s Music School. Erin has also given workshops and sectionals to middle and high school flute students, most recently at Hudson Middle School, Ozen High School, Port-Neches Groves High School, and the People’s Music School.
In the fall of 2016, Erin joined the faculty at Lamar University as the Instructor of Flute. She has also served as the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Maranatha University in Watertown, Wisconsin from 2012-2016 and as Lecturer of Music – Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2015-2016. She has guest lectured at North Central Michigan College and Northwestern University, and has given masterclasses at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Utah, University of Missouri, Loyola University, Wheaton College, Central Michigan University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Additionally, she performed her lecture recital entitled “An Exploration of 20th Century Women Composers: Works for Flute and Piano” at the Tenth Festival of Women Composers at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in February 2014. She wrote an article based on this performance for the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music that was published in fall 2014. Her other articles have appeared in FQ Plus (the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly online edition) and Pipeline, Chicago Flute Club’s quarterly publication.
Erin’s broad background also includes extensive administrative experience that has helped her cultivate essential entrepreneurial principles, which she uses to teach her students tools for success in today’s competitive music job market. She served on the Curriculum Development Committee at the People’s Music School and worked in the Development Department at Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Special Events Coordinator for the Women’s Board and Administrative Assistant for the Guild Board of Directors.
Dr. Murphy holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Michigan (B.M., James B. Angell Scholar), Northwestern University (M.M. with honors), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A., music theory minor). In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in Kent, England at Trevor Wye’s international flute Studio. Her other influential teachers include Stephanie Jutt, Mary Stolper, Walfrid Kujala, Amy Porter, Lorna McGhee, and Jeff Zook.
As part of her dissertation project, Dr. Murphy transcribed 17 pieces from Marin Marais’ Suitte d’un Goût étranger for flute and keyboard. She collaborated with pianist Kirstin Ihde on a recording of these intriguing French baroque character pieces, which were released in April 2014. Their CD has received airplay on WXXI-FM Rochester and WCRJ-FM Detroit, among others. They were interviewed and performed live on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday on August 12, 2014 with host Norman Gilliland. Erin was drawn to this work originally written for viola da gamba and continuo because of its suggestive titles (The Dreaming Girl, The Whirlwind, The Conversation), virtuosity, and the composer’s highly detailed ornamentation. In August 2014, Erin and Kirstin performed a lecture-recital titled “Transcribing and Performing Marin Marais” at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago. Silver Flute Press has published their edition.
From 2006 through 2016 she served on the board of the Chicago Flute Club in various capacities as Director, Vice President, President, Chair of the Board, and Festival Flute Choir and Banquet Chairs. Dr. Murphy is also a member of the International Alliance for Women in Music, the National Flute Association, the Musicians Club of Women, and the Texas Music Educators Association.