Elizabeth Murphy – Voice Teacher

Voice and Piano
BM. Vocal Performance, Temple University
MM Vocal Performance, Temple University
D.M.A Vocal Performance, Rutgers University
Classical, Contemporary, Jazz

voice, piano, lessons, singingI am a lyric soprano, active performer and voice instructor. I am a native of York County, Pennsylvania and studied voice with Margaret Moul Carli. I later studied voice with Klara Meyers while earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in classical voice performance at Temple University in Philadelphia. I have studied with international soprano Tamara Matthews and Baroque expert Dr. Frederick Urrey.

I have performed with the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, and my dream role: Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville Summer of 1915” with SPSO the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. I have sung in master classes with artists such as Michele Crider, Joan Dornemann, Richard Miller, Thomas Grubb, and Marietta Simpson. For nine years I was employed as the soprano soloist and section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Some career highlights include concert engagements as soprano soloist for Mozart’s Missa Brevis in Graz, Austria, Handel’s Messiah at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO, Handel’s Foundling Anthem with the Rutgers University Choir and the Chilcott Requiem in Jarrettown, PA. My stage roles have included Serafina in Il campanello, Antonia in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, the title role in Norma, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Nerina, in Haydn’s Le Pescatrici, (a U.S. Premiere), the role of Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Maddalena in Andrea Chenier. January 20, 2015, I performed the National Anthem at the inauguration for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Since September 2018, I have been teaching voice at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Prior to that, I was faculty at Arcadia University for sixteen years. I received my DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ in May 2012. In addition to my Classical expertise, I am certified in CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) with certificates from CCM programs: Shenandoah University, the LoVetri Institute, Bel Canto Can Belto, and BOCO Boston. I am at home teaching Classical, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Pop styles.

 

When did you begin singing, and why?
I always remember singing. Starting at age three in church I sang solos and was in the choir. Initially it was because I had the loudest voice, hopefully later it was because I had a pleasing tone. I participated in school choirs and musicals, community theater and eventually became a voice major in college.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I played the alto saxophone from 4th to 12th grade in high school in band, orchestra, and jazz band. I had to discontinue in college as I was too busy with singing. I also studied piano beginning in seventh grade and continued through college and now accompany my students.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
One of my goals is to always be singing, performing somewhere. To give my students the best instruction possible, I continue my education by going to seminars, conferences, being part of professional organizations and networking.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
My vocal coaching in college was always working with my diction. It wasn’t until after college that another teacher said the same thing in another way that I understood what my previous coach was trying to get me to do…to sing longer on vowel sounds to create legato or smooth singing.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Lots of singers have great voices, you have to work hard, learn your music and be a good colleague to stand out and to keep working.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
Singing is physical and mental. Getting out of one’s own way was a difficult process. Once that happens,

Your voice frees up and blossoms.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
I’m proud to have my doctorate in music and to have performed at some prestigious events like PA Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration where I sang the national anthem.

Favorite thing about teaching?
I love getting to know my students and seeing their progress. It’s so exciting to see them grasp a concept and create the music openly and more beautiful than before.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Learning to sing or play an instrument is a process, it doesn’t happen overnight. You must study and practice. You must be patient. In the end it will be rewarding.

Personal music projects:
Upcoming performance at the Lansdale Arts Festival in April