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William A. Murphy, MA

Instructor of Music
Faculty Accompanist, Vocal Coach


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


William A. Murphy is the Staff Accompanist at Morehead State University. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master of Arts in Performance (Piano). While at MSU, he has worked with numerous students preparing for Degree Recitals, Ensemble concerts, and Opera/Musical Productions.  Mr. Murphy has presented several recitals, performing as a guest artist at Berry College, Rome, Ga. and the University of Louisville.  In March of 2018, he presented a World Premiere performance of Carter Pann's "Giantess" for Flute and Piano. He was also involved in a contemporary ensemble, "Da Capo" for the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) International Conference in Cincinnati, Oh.  

Previous to his position at MSU, Murphy was an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University that involved many roles, including 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, where he performed the first movement from the Shostakovich Piano Concerto, No. 2. He was also the second prize winner of the WVMTA Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition in October 2012. 

Since April 2010, Mr. Murphy has served as the Organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington and in 2013, he received the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. He was also the pianist/organist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston for 8 years, performing large choral works such as Messiah (Handel), Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms), The Ballad of William Sycamore (Stevens),Weinachts-Oratorium (Bach), and most recently Requiem (Duruflé). 

William A. Murphy received a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance and graduated cum laude from Morehead State University in December 2009. He was a student accompanist for the participants of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies program in Salzburg, Austria (Summers 2007 and 2009).  

Mr. Murphy occasionally serves as a staff accompanist for the Kentucky State Division of NATS  (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Mid-South Regional NATS competitions. He is happy to have returned to his Alma Mater and looks forward to continuing his passion for collaborative music at Morehead State University.

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