Otis Murphy, Saxophone Professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music will be teaching a Master Class 3:30-5.30pm in OP 3320 (Piano Lab) and performing at 8.00p in OP Performance Hall on October, 3rd, 2013.
“Immediately upon hearing Murphy, one is struck by the extraordinarily golden tone he produces on his instrument. . . . Murphy’s ease, fluidity and perfect blending of registers on his instrument is extraordinary, as is his phrasing,” writes Fanfare Magazine. “Otis Murphy is an exceptional artist, possessing an extraordinary musical sense combined with a stunning technique,” says international saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Chicago Tribune writes, “Murphy’s playing is bright, alert . . . always with a polish and sensitivity that make the most of the music.” The Western Australian Today writes, “American saxophone player Otis Murphy was introduced as the ‘eighth wonder of the world,’ and his recital had all the right ingredients to keep his audience spellbound.” Indianapolis Star states that “Murphy played with the sweetest tone imaginable.” Saxophone Journal writes, “Otis Murphy’s tone is superb, warm, supple, and intense. . . . He has the ability to phrase the music so that it takes on a life of its own, making the music weave into musical stories that enliven the listener’s imagination.” And Japan’s The Sax writes, “Otis Murphy’s performance made every saxophonist in attendance reconsider his or her awareness of what is a beautiful saxophone sound.”
Dr. Murphy holds the position of Professor of Music in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty at the age of 28 and becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history. He is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having gained wide recognition on four continents: North America (United States and Canada), Europe (Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Wales), Asia (Japan, Singapore and Taiwan), and Australia. Dr. Murphy has performed in some of the great concert halls of the world including Isaac Stern Concert Hall in Miyazaki, Japan; Merkin Concert Hall in New York City; Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain; the Strathmore in Washington, D. C.; Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan; Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Spain; Phoenix Hall in Osaka, Japan; and Casals Hall in Tokyo. He also has presented saxophone classes and appeared as a guest professor at prestigious music schools and festivals throughout the world including Amsterdam Conservatory, Anton-Bruckner-Privatuniversität, the British Saxophone Congress, College Band Directors National Association (CBNA) Conference, Cologne Academy of Music, the Frankfurt International Classical Saxophone Festival, Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival, the Japan Band Clinic, Institut Franz Schubert, Kunitachi College of Music, Liceu de Barcelona, Madrid Royal Conservatory, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Musashino Academy of Music, Osaka College of Music, the Ravenna Music Festival, London Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Sydney Conservatorium, the World Saxophone Congress, and many more. As a soloist, Dr. Murphy has been a featured guest soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Sinfonia, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, Bruno Moderna Chamber Orchestra, Musashino Wind Ensemble, the United States Navy Band, and the Yamaha Symphonic Band.
For more information please visit the Truman State University Saxophone Studio website.