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.
Dr. Murphy made her concerto debut with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2013. 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 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 Beth Bradfish, Kyong Mee Choi, Elizabeth Start, Laura Schwendinger, Pierre Jalbert, Joshua Hintze, Jonathan Hannau, and Griffin Candey. Erin has performed solo recitals in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
In 2018, Dr. Murphy joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University as the Assistant Professor of Flute. Before her appointment at OSU, she served as faculty at Lamar University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Maranatha Baptist University. She has given master classes at universities, high schools, and community music schools across the country. 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 the 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.
Dr. Murphy transcribed 17 pieces from Marin Marais' Suitte d'un goût étranger for flute and keyboard. She collaborated with pianist Dr. Kirstin Ihde on a recording of these intriguing French baroque character pieces, which was released in April 2014. Her second solo recording Day and Night: Modern Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers is slated for release in 2018.
Her applied flute students have been accepted to excellent undergraduate and graduate programs including the San Francisco Conservatory, Northwestern University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They have won master classes 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.
Dr. Murphy is a member of the Chicago and Houston Flute Clubs, National Flute Association, International Association for Women in Music, Musicians Club of Women, Pi Kappa Lambda Fraternity, and the Texas Music Educators Association.