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 doubler 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 music, specific to solo flute and chamber pieces. She has performed as a flutist for OSSIA New Music Ensemble as well as the Brighton and the Greece Symphony Orchestras. Elissa 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 served as Artistic Director of the Rochester Flute Association Flute Ensemble and served as Newsletter Editor on their executive board from 2016-2018. She continues to adjudicate for local and regional solo festivals.
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 (Music Education), Carol ‘Kickie’ Britt (Music Business), Kenneth Andrews (Flute), and Selma Moore (Flute).
She currently teaches 7-12 Instrumental Music at Southern Cayuga Central School and has previously held positions at the Aquinas Institute of Rochester and the Norman Howard School. Furthermore, she directs the SCCS pit orchestra, jazz, and chamber ensembles. Student teaching experiences were held during COVID-19 at Brighton CSD (remote) and McQuaid Jesuit (on-location) under the instruction of Debbie Parker and Kevin Karnisky.
Professional memberships and participations include NAfME, NYSSMA, NYSUT, CCMEA, NFA, RFA, and SAI. Outside of the music industry, EMM is an Autoimmune Patient Advocate with the Autoimmune Association. She is in the beginning stages of writing her first book to convey the impeccable and transparent lifestyle of an educator and performer managing several autoimmune conditions.