About Donna Murphy
Get to know Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy received her Bachelor of Music Education in French Horn and Voice from the Indiana University School of Music. Before moving to the Boston area, she taught elementary and secondary choral and instrumental music in the Houston Independent School District, as well as teaching privately. While in Houston, she sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus and as a soloist in performances of Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, and other works in various community churches. She was a member of the Paul Madore Chorale from1990-2002. Her solo performances in the North Shore area include Haydn's 'Lord Nelson' Mass, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Handel's Messiah, Schubert's Mass No 6, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams' Magnificat, and the role of Damé Marthe in Gounod's Faust. Ms. Murphy may be heard on the AFKA compact disc A Methuen Mosaic with Susan Armstrong Ouellette at the organ and Six Centuries of Sacred Choral Music with the Paul Madore Chorale. She was the choir director at the First Universalist Society in Salem, MA, is an adjunct instructor at North Shore Community College, and maintains a busy graphic design studio. She was 4th Horn with the Cape Ann Symphony for several years, 2nd Horn with Salem Winds, a professional wind band based at Salem State University. Donna is currently a member of the Salem State Chamber Orchestra. This orchestra is a part of the music degree program with a number of community members who love mentoring the music majors.