Robert Murphy, Violin (Suzuki & Traditional)
Teaching Artist Statement
Music is a wonderful gift, that has shaped my life in beautiful ways. The Suzuki philosophy seeks to develop beautiful human beings through the study of music, and I take great pleasure in teaching Suzuki violin at the Suzuki Academy at Music Center of the Northwest.
Mr. Murphy, a McNair Fellow, began violin studies in his hometown of Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Music in performance from Youngstown State University, and a Masters of Music in violin pedagogy and performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He studied violin with Myron Kartman, Bernard Zinck, Katherine Rapaport, and string pedagogy with Darcey Drexler and Mimi Zweig. He has played in masterclasses for Jamie Laredo, the Cleveland Duo, and Robert Hanford.
As a string orchestra educator and violin pedagogue, he has taught orchestra at Whitefish Bay Middle School Orchestra in Milwaukee, WI and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Many of his former private students are studying at major conservatories and universities. He has given masterclasses, and has adjudicated for many music festivals and competitions throughout the United States and China.
Mr. Murphy currently teaches 4th -12th grade strings at the Seattle Waldorf School and is on the staff at the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Summer Music.
Mr Murphy has played with the Denver Philharmonic China Tour Orchestra, Thalia Symphony(principal second violinist), Kenosha Symphony, Festival City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and has collaborated with such artists as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hootie and Blowfish, Crystal Gayle, and Al Jarreau.
He currently performs as a violinist with the Sound Ensemble and as a 1st violinist with the Everett Philharmonic.