John Murphree

General Info


Composition/Music Theory

Personal Website


John Murphree joined the Conservatory faculty in 2009, where he teaches composition and music theory. He is a composer, instrument maker, and sound-installation artist.

Murphree's concert music has been performed in the United States 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 St. Botolph Club from 2009 to 2012, and in 2011 he 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 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 Bolcom and welding and fabrication lessons with Boston Sculptors 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 Festival, 2015)—Composer
  • Commission for new work (Interlochen Arts Academy, 2016)—Composer