Robert T. Murphy

Violin Teacher

Robert Murphy

SAA Member


Seattle, WA
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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 performed with the Denver Philharmonic China Tour Orchestra, Thalia Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, Festival City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Ashtabula Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, the Warren Chamber Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with such artists as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hootie and Blowfish, Crystal Gayle, and Al Jarreau.

He has attended festivals such as the 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 strings educator and violin pedagogue, he has taught orchestra at Whitefish Bay Middle & High School Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many of his private students are currently performing in prestigious youth orchestras and festivals, and 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, and is the principal second violinist with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. He loves reading books, trying new restaurants, bowling, and going hiking!