Children’s Choir Conductor

Children’s Choir Conductor

Claire C. Murphy

Claire C. Murphy is thrilled to serve as the Children’s Choir Conductor for Palouse Choral Society. Originally from North Carolina, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance and music education from East Carolina University. She has over twenty years of experience in conducting children’s choirs and in music education.

Mrs. Murphy has started and developed numerous church and school choirs at the preschool and elementary levels, directed middle school and high school choirs, and led handchime and handbell ensembles. She also served as the Children’s Choir Conductor for the Greenville Choral Society in Greenville, North Carolina. Murphy has taught general music at the elementary level in North Carolina and Florida. Her students consistently were selected to participate in state honor choirs and festivals. While serving as the music education and choral specialist for grades K-12 at Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL, she also served as Chair of the Arts Department. At the college level she has served as adjunct professor for East Carolina University, Barton College, and the University of Idaho, teaching courses in music for education and music education majors. Mrs. Murphy is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and teaches courses in music education for graduate and undergraduate students, conducts the Women’s Chorus, and oversees and supervises the music education student teacher program. Additionally she is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), serving as the repertoire and standards chair for children’s choirs for the Idaho chapter, and is a member of IMEA (Idaho Music Educators Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators). Mrs. Murphy resides in Moscow with her husband Michael and two sons, William and Colin.