Elissa May Murphy (EMM) is an active music educator and woodwind specialist, working in a variety of musical and teaching settings as a soloist, chamber artist, and adjudicator in the classical, theatrical, and new music idioms.


She is a frequent woodwind musician for theatrical productions, including Blackfriars Theatre (Jerry’s Girls, Guys and Dolls, Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Chorus Line, Avenue Q), JCC CenterStage (Indecent), and various institutions in the Greater Rochester area.


Elissa’s passion lies in collaboration and giving voice to unsung and new music for solo flute and chamber works. She has performed as a flutist for OSSIA New Music Ensemble among myriad chamber settings featuring works of rising compositional artists. Additionally, she has played and is available for hire to play in duos, trios, and combos for private and public events in the Western, Finger Lakes, and Central New York regions (flutes, clarinets, saxophones). She formerly directed the Rochester Flute Association Flute Ensemble and served on their executive board as Newsletter Editor from 2016-2018. She continues to serve as an adjudicator for solo flute festival preparation.


Elissa is a New York State Certified Music Educator with a Master of Arts in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Business and Flute Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Primary instructors include Dr. Christopher Azzara, Carol ‘Kickie’ Britt, Kenneth Andrews, and Selma Moore.


She has recently been appointed to teach 7-12 Instrumental Music at Southern Cayuga Central School and has previously held positions at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester, the Norman Howard School, and Hilton CSD. Furthermore, she directs the SCCS pit orchestra, jazz ensemble, and chamber ensemble. Student teaching experiences were held during COVID-19 at the Brighton CSD (remote) and at McQuaid Jesuit. Professional memberships and participations include NAfME, NYSSMA, NYSUT, CCMEA, NFA, RFA, and SAI.