Dr. Harmony R Murphy
Assistant Professor of Vocal Music
Director of Choral Activities
Harmony Murphy is a conductor, singer, and clarinetist. She directs choirs and teaches voice majors, as well as various other music courses. Before joining BVU, she was vocal music faculty at Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., director of choral activities at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, and head of the voice area at Darton State College in Albany, Ga., where she also directed the choirs and taught Voice Majors. Her research has focused on reviving the anonymous masses from the California Missions and performed for the first time in the missions at Old Mission Santa Barbara in April 2019.
Murphy holds a Doctorate of Arts in Music in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from Ball State University. She conducted the premiere of her edition of the "Misa de Cataluña" in March of 2013 and sang the same work on a tour to Southern California in May of the same year. Her additional recital credits include Argento's "Letter's From Composer," as well as conducting the BSU Chamber Choir and Orchestra in Mozart's "Davidde Penitente." Murphy also holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from Notre Dame de Namur University and Masters in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles.
Murphy is an alumna of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. During her time in the chorus, she performed in the 1996 production of La Bohème with the San Francisco Opera. Additionally, she sang with the San Francisco Symphony as well as on multiple other recordings. Her credits include a Grammy for the recording of Persephone (1999) and an Academy Award for What Dreams May Come (1998). While in Chorissima, she had the opportunity to work with composer David Conte and to headline concurrently with Chanticleer at the National ACDA Convention in Orange County (1997). As a clarinet player, she toured to Japan with the Bay Area Wind Symphony. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she studied Vocal Performance with Jacalyn Kreitzer. While there she sang in the chamber choir, Polyphonics and had the opportunity to work with Eric Whitacre. She also played in the Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. With these groups she toured to Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Notre Dame Cathedral.