Posted: May 21, 2012
Otis Murphy to perform at CWU May 24, 2012.
The internationally acclaimed concert saxophonist Otis Murphy will engage in a guest artist residency at Central Washington University May 22 through 24. The artist will perform two concerts, visit Ellensburg High School, teach a master class with the Saxophone Studio, and rehearse with the CWU Wind Ensemble.
“Otis Murphy is a world-class artist, considered by many as one of the world’s finest classical saxophonist,” said Larry Gookin, CWU music professor and director of bands. “We are fortunate to have him perform with the Wind Ensemble as well as present a solo recital. I’ve listened to his recordings, and he is truly amazing!”
On May 23, Murphy will perform a solo recital at 7:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall. On May 24, he will perform at 7:00 p.m. with the CWU Wind Ensemble in the Music Building Concert Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
Murphy holds doctorate of music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor given to a performer at the institution. He pursued advanced studies in France under a Fulbright Fellowship for foreign study at the Conservatoire National Régional de Musique in Cergy-Pontoise, earning the Prix de Perfectionnement by a unanimous decision of the jury. Murphy is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist, and he is the soprano saxophonist in the Solaire Quartet.
Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history, and where he is currently an associate professor of music. He is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having gained wide recognition in throughout the world, appearing with orchestras, bands, and chamber groups, and at special events, such as festivals, symposiums, and World Saxophone Congresses. For more information about the artist, go to otismurphy.com.