Reviewers have praised composer Michael Murray (b. 1964) as "a contemporary craftsman-artist of original stripe" (Gapplegate), and "a master at writing for the human voice" (Music & Vision). His music has been described as "well crafted," "expertly and adroitly handled," and "easy to listen to in the best possible way." Murray's compositions have been performed and recorded across the United States and Europe, featured in venues in Cuba, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, over 20 different states and the District of Columbia. In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. His music has been recorded for Navona Records and is published by Ars Nova Press. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches composition and music theory at Missouri State University.
Murray has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Incidental music and sound design Murray composed for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice was featured in the International Prague Quadrennial Scenofest exhibition of theater design. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and his MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
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