Elissa May Murphy is a flutist and woodwind doubler, educator, writer, and entrepreneur in Rochester, New York.


Pre-Covid gigs included woodwind doubling for Blackfriars Theatre (Avenue Q, A Chorus Line, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Guys and Dolls), and JCC CenterStage (Indecent) while maintaining a private woodwinds studio and substitute teaching for The Aquinas Institute of Rochester, McQuaid Jesuit, and The Norman Howard School

Between diplomas, Elissa worked in administration for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Oak Hill Country Club, The Strathallan - A Doubletree by Hilton, and The Aquinas Institute of Rochester. She also served as the Rochester Flute Association's newsletter editor and flute ensemble artistic director, and continues to assist with pre-solo festival adjudications throughout the school year.

Elissa recently completed her graduate degree in music education with state certification at the Eastman School of Music - University of Rochester (MA, '21). Her thesis shined light on the transition from secondary musical experiences to preservice music education programs. Additionally, Elissa completed degrees in arts leadership and flute performance with a minor in film studies from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (BM, '15) and an associate's degree in music from SUNY Onondaga Community College (AAS, '12).