John Murphree

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Composer, instrument maker, and sound-installation artist John Murphree teaches composition and music theory at Boston Conservatory where joined the faculty in 2009.

Murphree's concert music has been performed in the U.S. and Europe. His installations have been staged at the Mobius Gallery, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston Conservatory. In 2016 Murphree founded Boston Gongs, a manufacturing business devoted to the production of high quality bell plates, gongs, chimes, and lujons. He was a Fellow in Arts at the St. Botolph Club from 2009-2012, and in 2011 was selected to collaborate in the Juddertone Project, a collaborative choreography showcase in Boston. Murphree also led a team that built a xylophone made of ice and aluminum for Boston's annual Chisels and Chainsaws ice sculpture competition.

Murphree holds a B.M. in composition from the Berklee College of Music and an M.M. in composition from Boston Conservatory where his principal teacher was Andy Vores. He has participated in master classes with Simon Bainbridge and William Bolcolm, and welding and fabrication lessons with Boston Sculpture Gallery member Dennis Svoronos.

Recent Engagements:

  • Premiere of Jigsaw for percussion quartet (Boston Percussion Group, 2016)
  • Commission for works for new instruments (Boston Conservatory New Music Festicalt, 2015)—Composer
  • Commission for new work (Interlochen Arts Academy, 2016)—Composer