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William A. Murphy

Visiting Instructor of Music, Faculty Accompanist

Degrees, Licensures and Certifications:

  • MA, Marshall University (Piano Performance)
  • BM, Morehead State University (Voice Performance)
  • Colleague Certificate, American Guild of Organists (AGO)



Baird Music Hall 305



"Morehead State has always been known for its excellence as a school for music performance and education; one of the many reasons I chose MSU for undergraduate study.  My time at MSU gave me the resources to succeed as a performer and educator.  It is with great pleasure that I return, to give those same resources to the performers and educators of tomorrow."      

William A. Murphy, is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master of Arts in Performance (Piano).  Previous to the Visiting Faculty Accompanist position at MSU, he was an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University starting in January 2013 that included many roles of education and collaboration.  Those roles included teaching private applied voice, theory and aural skills, class piano, directing the Choral Union, and pianist/coach for the Opera Workshop. 

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 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 is the pianist/organist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston performing large choral works including Messiah (Handel), Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms), The Ballad of William Sycamore (Stevens), and Weinachts-Oratorium (Bach). 

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 has performed with numerous students in the Marshall and Morehead music departments for degree recitals and jury preparations.  He occasionally is a staff accompanist for the KY State NATS and Mid-South Regional NATS competitions.  At Morehead State University he most recently appeared performing with the Opera Workshop in the 2014 production of A Little Night Music and the 56th Annual Choral Festival in 2015.  He is happy to be returning to his Alma Mater and is looking forward to continuing his passion for collaborative music at Morehead State University.

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