Elizabeth A. Murphy

Assistant Professor / Program Director, Visual and Performing Arts

Murphy Hall, Room 116 1 (215) 572-2915

About Me

Lyric Soprano Dr. Elizabeth Ann Murphy is an active performer and voice instructor. She is a native of York County, Pennsylvania and studied voice with Margaret Moul Carli. She later studied voice with Klara Meyers while earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in classical voice performance at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has studied with international soprano Tamara Matthews and Baroque expert Dr. Frederick Urrey.

Elizabeth is the winner of numerous awards and competitions, including scholarships from the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth has sung in master classes with artists such as Michele Crider, Joan Dornemann, Richard Miller, Thomas Grubb, and Marietta Simpson. She was employed for nine years as the soprano soloist and section leader at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Some career highlights include concert engagements as soprano soloist for Mozart’s Missa Brevis in Graz, Austria, Handel’s Messiah at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO, Handel’s Foundling Anthem with the Rutgers University Choir and the Chilcott Requiem in Jarrettown, PA. Her stage roles have included Serafina in Il campanello, Antonia in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, the title role in Norma, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and Ann Putnam in The Crucible. Recent opera performances include Nerina, in Haydn’s Le Pescatrici, (a U.S. Premiere), the role of Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Maddalena in Andrea Chenier. January 20, 2015, Elizabeth performed the National Anthem at the inauguration for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Elizabeth has been Professor of Voice at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA since 2002 and in August 2011 was appointed Associate Professor and Program Director. She received her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ in May 2012.

Mt. Wolf, York County, PA

Home Country

English, Conversational in German, French and Italian


Education History

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts 2012

Doctor of Musical Arts, Major in Voice

Temple University 1997

Master of Music, Major in Voice

Temple University 1993

Bachelor of Music, Major in Voice