Otis Murphy and Matt Roehrich, saxophone - Summer Music 2017

  • July 17, 2017
  • Simon Music Center
  • Ford-Crawford Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 8:30 PM
  • Free

Summer Music 2017

Faculty/Student Recital

Otis Murphy, saxophone
Matt Roehrich, saxophone

Additional performers and repertoire to be announced

About the Performers

Otis Murphy (saxophone)

Otis Murphy is professor of saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty at the age of 28 in 2001 and becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history. He is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having performed in some 20 countries worldwide across four continents.

Murphy has garnered a number of awards as a performer, including international prizes in Belgium’s Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, France’s Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition, and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition in the United States.

He has appeared in renowned concert halls throughout the world, including Casals Hall (Tokyo), Merkin Concert Hall (New York City), Palau de la Musica (Valencia, Spain), Muziekgebouw aan het Ij (Amsterdam), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia). He has taught saxophone classes at prestigious international music schools and festivals, including Amsterdam Conservatory, Cologne Academy of Music, Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival, Japan Band Clinic, Institut Franz Schubert, Kunitachi College of Music, Liceu de Barcelona, Madrid Royal Conservatory, Clinic, Musashino Academy of Music, Nagoya College of Music, Osaka College of Music, Ravenna Music Festival, London Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sydney Conservatorium, World Saxophone Congress, and many more. During the 2016 season, he will make his Carnegie Hall debut at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage as a guest soloist with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble.

Murphy holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest honor given to a performer at Jacobs. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education magna cum laude degree from the University of Georgia. In addition, he pursued advanced studies in France under a Fulbright Fellowship for foreign study at the Conservatoire National Régional de Musique in Cergy-Pontoise, earning the Prix de Perfectionnement by a unanimous decision of the jury. His saxophone teachers include Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Eugene Rousseau, and Kenneth Fischer. Murphy is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a D’Addario Performing Artist and member of D’Addario’s Musician’s Advisory Board.

Murphy and his wife, pianist Haruko Murphy, are dedicated homeschooling parents of their six children.

Matt Roehrich (saxophone)

Matthew Roehrich is a versatile and award winning saxophonist, educator, and recording artist. He has won several chamber and solo competitions as a classical saxophonist and has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the 75th Anniversary revival national tour of Porgy and Bess with the North Carolina Opera Company. As a jazz musician he has shared the stage with luminaries including Bob Mintzer, James Carter, Slide Hampton, Kevin Mahogany, Jon Faddis, and with the New York Voices at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He can be heard on drummer and vibraphonist Mitch Shiner’s debut recording Fly! on Patois Records. He recently toured China as a founding member of the stylistically diverse Hemispheres Quartet, performing and teaching in Beijing, Tianjin, and Wuhan at venues including the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Tianjin May Festival.

Mr. Roehrich is Assistant Professor of Saxophone (interim) at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Prior to his appointment he taught as an adjunct instructor at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, and as an Associate Instructor of woodwind techniques and saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he is completing a doctorate in saxophone performance.

Otis Murphy and Matt Roehrich, saxophone - Summer Music 2017