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, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Mode chamber ensemble and Gaudete Brass, Southport Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra. Her recent chamber music appearances include those with the Analogue Duo, Lakeshore Rush, Whitewater Chamber Players, and Sapphire Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Murphy has performed in England, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
She is a co-founding member and flutist of Lakeshore Rush, a Pierrot plus percussion ensemble that collaborates with composers and performs accessible contemporary works. Since their 2014-2015 inaugural season, they have premiered commissions by composers Laura Schwendinger, Pierre Jalbert, Joshua Hintze, Jonathan Hannau, and Griffin Candey. This spring they are collaborating with the Chicago Composers’ Consortium, and will premiere six new works plus the winning submission of the Lakeshore Rush International Score Competition. 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. Under her direction, the Lamar University Flute Ensemble performs on the Sounds of Sharing Series at the R.C. Miller Library in Beaumont, Texas. While completing her doctorate, she performed in a woodwind quintet for Classical Revolution Madison at local coffee shops, pubs, and community centers. She has also performed at Beaumont’s St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Capitol Lakes retirement community, and Chicago’s Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.
As an advocate and performer of new music, Erin has participated in diverse groups such as a laptop trio (two laptops and amplified flute) with composers Joshua Hintze and Rich Freeze. She has had solo compositions written for her by Joshua Hintze, Farid Javidan and Daniel Perlongo, and has premiered additional chamber 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 Chicago Center School of Music. In addition, she taught music theory classes for five years at the People’s Music School in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Erin has also given numerous workshops and sectionals to middle and high school flute students, most recently in southeast Texas at Orangefield, Hudson, Ozen, Port Neches-Groves, and Barbers Hill.
As of August 2018, Dr. Murphy will be Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University’s Greenwood School of Music. Past teaching positions include Instructor of Music – Flute at Lamar University (2016-2018), Lecturer of Music – Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2015-2016) and Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Maranatha Baptist University (2012-2016). She has guest lectured at North Central Michigan College and Northwestern University, and has given masterclasses at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Brownsville and Edinburg, University of Northern Colorado, University of Utah, University of Missouri, Loyola University, Wheaton College, Central Michigan University, Northeastern Illinois University, and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Additionally, she has performed and presented at several National Flute Association Conventions, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, International Alliance for Women in Music Congress, Tenth Festival of Women Composers at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chicago Flute Club Festivals, and Wisconsin Flute Festival. Her articles have been published in the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, FQ Plus, Flute Talk, BandDirectorsTalkShop.com, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline.
Her applied flute students have been accepted to excellent undergraduate and graduate programs including the San Francisco Conservatory, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They have won masterclass and concerto competitions, been featured on notable alumni concerts, and become successful educators across the country in applied flute and general music education.
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 was released in 2014. They were interviewed and performed several of these works live on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday with host Norman Gilliland. Erin was drawn to this work originally written for viola da gamba and continuo because of the programmatic titles (The Dreaming Girl, The Whirlwind, The Conversation), required virtuosity, and the composer’s highly detailed ornamentation. Silver Flute Press has published their edition. Other recent radio broadcasts include three “Behind the Music” shows with host Joe Elwell on 91.3 KVLU: The Music of Vivian Fine, Pierrot Plus Percussion Repertoire, and Marin Marais’ Suitte d’un Goût étranger. Her second solo recording Day and Night: Modern Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers is slated for release in 2018.
From 2006 through 2016 she served on the board of the Chicago Flute Club in various capacities as Chair of the Board, President, Vice President, Director, and Festival Flute Choir and Banquet Chairs. Dr. Murphy is also a member of the International Alliance for Women in Music, National Flute Association, Musicians Club of Women, Houston Flute Club, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Fraternity, and Texas Music Educators Association.