Robert T. Murphy

Violin Teacher

Robert Murphy

SAA Member


Seattle, WA

Robert T. Murphy, a McNair Fellow, began violin studies in Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Music in performance, and a Masters of Music in violin pedagogy and performance.

He studied violin with Myron Kartman, Bernard Zinck, Katherine Rapaport, and string pedagogy with Darcey Drexler and Mimi Zweig. He has played in masterclasses for Jamie Laredo, the Cleveland Duo, and Robert Hanford.

Mr Murphy has played with the Denver Philharmonic China Tour Orchestra, Thalia Symphony(principal second violinist), Kenosha Symphony, Festival City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and has collaborated with such artists as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hootie and Blowfish, Crystal Gayle, and Al Jarreau.

He has attended the festivals of Spoleto Music Festival USA, the Brevard Music Festival, the Mid-America Chamber Music Institute, Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music.

As a string orchestra educator and violin pedagogue, he has taught orchestra at Whitefish Bay Middle & High School Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many of his former students are studying at major conservatories and universities. He has given masterclasses, and has adjudicated for many music festivals and competitions throughout the United States and China.

Mr. Murphy currently teaches 4th -12th grade strings at the Seattle Waldorf School, first violinist with the Everett Philharmonic, and is the principal second violinist with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys reading books, trying new restaurants, bowling, hiking, and attending Seattle Sounders games!