Michael F. Murray

Professor of Music - Composition and Theory

DMA, MM, University of Cincinnati;  BM, Catholic University

Department of Music
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Office: Ellis 209
Phone: (417)836-4250

E-mail: MikeMurray@MissouriState.edu
Composition Website: MichaelMurrayMusic.com

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Originally from suburban Maryland, Michael Murray currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches composition and music theory at Missouri State University. His music has been described as "well crafted," "expertly and adroitly handled," and consisting of "pleasing washes of sounds and tone colors." His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. He has won awards and grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players, 13th Street Gallery (Omaha), and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations.

His recent composition Tempest Fantasy for string orchestra was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and will be released on the Navona record label on May 28, 2013. Music and sound design created for the MSU production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice was featured in the International Prague Quadrennial Scenofest exhibition of theater design. The Wild Winds Weep, a set of songs for soprano, horn, and piano, was given its world premiere performance at the Bergen (Norway) Festival. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and the MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Before coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. His music is published by Ars Nova Press.

Professional memberships include ASCAP, Society of Composers, Inc., College Music Society, and the Electronic Music Foundation.

Research projects:

The article "Revisiting Theory Camp: Improving Student Success in Freshman Theory," co-authored with Rebecca Atkins, will be published in the inaugural edition of Music Theory Pedagogy Online available April 1, 2013.

The Max Hunter Folksong Collection Preservation Project is a collection of nearly 1600 Ozarks folksongs recorded by Max Hunter during the 1950's - 1970's. The website features lyric transcriptions and audio files of all 1,594 original recordings, with several hundred tune transcriptions included.

Web ET is set of online ear training exercises designed to assist students in the four-semester Freshman and Sophomore music theory sequence. (MUS 103, 104, 203, 204)

Last Revised: 03/23/13