Ms. Marissa E. Murphy
Marissa Murphy, a native of Buffalo NY and a graduate of Buffalo Suzuki Strings, serves as Principal Second Violin of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and is Founder and Director of Washington Suzuki Strings, a Suzuki music program in Chevy Chase, MD. Ms. Murphy is the newly elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area- SAGWA. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and her major teachers include Martin Beaver, Linda Cerone, David Russell, Mary Cay Neal, and Ronda Cole. Ms. Murphy’s Violin Choir has performed at the White House on three occasions, for Vice President Biden at his residence, for the Ambassadors of Zambia and Norway at their respective embassies, soloed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and performed at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her students have been prizewinners in the Marlin-Engel Competition and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Ms. Murphy has performed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as part of a tribute to Mozart, and has also performed at the National Repertory Orchestra, Encore, Spoleto, and Bowdoin festivals. She has soloed on multiple occasions with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Clarence Symphony, and has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Annapolis, Clarence, and Alexandria Symphonies. Ms. Murphy is the former Second Violinist of the New Music Associates Quartet that was in residence at Cleveland State University, and has given recitals at the Cleveland Museum of Art, St. Paul’s Cathedral Recital Series and for President Jimmy Carter to honor his Nobel Prize. She is on the faculty of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Summer Workshop. Ms. Murphy is the former Associate Chair Suzuki Strings and Violin Faculty at the Levine School of Music, and has been published in the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Journal and the American String Teachers Association Journal. She currently serves on the American String Teachers Association Board of Directors for the MD/DC Chapter. Ms. Murphy has done long-term apprenticeships and has completed and registered Books 1-10 in Suzuki teacher training with Ronda Cole and Mary Cay Neal. Ms. Murphy also studied Suzuki piano as a child and completed all books of Suzuki piano study with Claudio and Susan Vasquez. Ms. Murphy has received training in Music Mind Games with Michiko Yurko.