Music Faculty

Marvin Murphree

Marvin Murphree

Marvin Murphree has appeared in opera, oratorio, song recital and musical theatre throughout the United States and Central America and is a National Association of Teachers of Singing Award winner. Among his operatic roles are Don Alfonzo in Cosi fan Tutte, Sgt. Belcore in L'elisir D' Amore, Count Almaviva in Nozze de Figaro and Silvio in Pagliacci. His musical theatre credits include Tommy Albright-Brigadoon, Fred Graham/Petruchio- Kiss Me Kate, Lancelot-Camelot and Curly-Oklahoma. He has been featured soloist for oratorios such as Messiah-Handel, Creation-Haydn, Stabat Mater dolorosa-Pergolesi, Christmas Oratorio-Saint-Saenz. Critics have called his singing "passionate" and "especially vivid." As a teacher of singing, his students have consistently been awarded "I" ratings at district and state music contest. His students have been accepted directly from his tutelage into both graduate and undergraduate degree programs at major schools of music including the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Additionally, select students have appeared on the stages of professional opera companies, on international radio programs and on television. As a conductor he has worked with both professional and amateur choirs and orchestras, directing a wide variety of music from contemporary small works, to major classical works. Mr. Murphree holds both Bachelor and Master of music degrees and has studied voice with Edwin Quistorff, Harry Morrison and Vernon Yenne. He studied voice pedagogy with the late James McKinney. Currently, he is a member of the voice faculties of Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State University and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. He serves as Director of Music at University Heights Baptist Church and is the founder and director of the Mosaic Vocal Ensemble. Additionally he maintains a private voice studio and an active performing schedule.

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