Sean Murphy serves as assistant professor of Arts Management & Entrepreneurship and draws on a diverse background of entrepreneurial ventures, education and musical performance. He specializes in for-profit studies within the music industry. He is the founder of Murphy Music Press, a music publishing company which represents the catalogs of some of the finest emerging composers for winds including: David Biedenbender, Andrew Boss, Viet Cuong, Paul Dooley, Tyler S. Grant, Joel Love, Cait Nishimura, Jess Tuner and Peter Van Zandt Lane among others. Murphy also founded Music Studio Teacher, an educational blog resource for private lesson teachers. Additionally, he is both a performing artist and educational consultant for Conn-Selmer.
Murphy is also an active saxophonist whose performances have been described as “truly beautiful” by celebrated artist Jamie Bernstein. He is currently a saxophonist on call with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. While attending the University North Texas he performed and recorded with the internationally acclaimed North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. These numerous recording projects included the celebrated “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series” and the famed “Composer Collections.” As a soloist, Murphy has commissioned new music for saxophone by leading composers including David Maslanka, David Biedenbender, Eric Moe, Kit Turnbull and Stephen Barr. His debut album, “Rediscovering Bauzin,” is currently planned for release in 2019.
His articles on entrepreneurship, saxophone pedagogy, and performance have been published in distinguished music magazines and journals throughout the world including: The Instrumentalist, The Saxophone Journal, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, Jazz Ed Magazine, Teaching Music, Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Magazine, Canadian Music Educator, Viento (Spain), Clasax (Australia) and Les Cahiers Du Saxophone (France).
Murphy holds his Doctor of Musical Arts, and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, during which time he studied music entrepreneurship with Fabiana Claure and saxophone with Eric Nestler and Jason Kush.