Faculty & Staff
Dr. Karen Murphy
Instructor & Dept Accompanist
Music Building B, Room 105
Karen Murphy is an active collaborative pianist and has performed with singers and choirs throughout the United States and abroad. She was the tour accompanist for the Phoenix Boys Choir, recording several CDs with them. While pursuing her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she was choir accompanist for St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, premiering Emma Lou Diemer’s Shift and Evensong for choir and organ. Starting piano at the age of four with her father as her first teacher, she holds solo and collaborative performance degrees from Indiana University, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. She is the department vocal coach for the voice area and plays frequently for NATS state and regional voice auditions.
Dr. Murphy served as a musical director at the Arizona Family Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. She has premiered several new works including the Southwest premier of Ellwood Derr's song-cycle Six Songs of Sundry Sorts for soprano, alto saxophone and piano, Lori Laitman's song-cycle The Blood Jet where Laitman praised her performance as extremely sensitive and musical, and she will premier Jonathan Kolm’s song cycle Sanctuaries of Heaven and Earth in 2013 with soprano Kathy Price. With William L. Giles Distinguished English Professor Nancy D. Hargrove, Murphy collaborates annually in presenting interdisciplinary programs on such American poets Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Elliot and Langston Hughes (2013). In 2012, Dr. Murphy was collaborative pianist and vocal coach for the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, Brazil.