Connor Murphy is a native of the New Orleans area. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. His decision to pursue music education was based on his experiences in the band program while attending Brother Martin High School. While participating in the Brother Martin band program, his instructors included Chris Bailey, Dominick Caronna, and the late Marty Hurley. As a percussionist, he actively participated in the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble at Loyola. In his private percussion lessons, he studied under the tutelage of David Salay and Jim Atwood, both musicians in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. At Loyola, he had the opportunity to enjoy playing in intercollegiate bands at both the state and national levels. In 2016, he was a front ensemble member of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in which he performed marching music across the nation.
During his free time, he enjoys attending LPO performances or listening to other symphonic orchestras online from the comfort of home. He also enjoys watching movies and cooking meals with his girlfriend.
For two years (2017-19), he taught band, orchestra, percussion, and guitar classes and served as the director of the band and orchestra program at Grace King High School.
Presently, residing in New Orleans, he attends the University of New Orleans as a graduate conducting student of Dr. Charles Taylor. He has also performed as a percussionist in the Baton Rouge Concert Band and as the timpanist in the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge. Mr. Murphy has been requested as a guest conductor in both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.
His current life goal is pursuing graduate studies in orchestral conducting.
University of New Orleans
- 2020 - Present Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting
Loyola University New Orleans
- 2013 - 2017 Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 Instrumental Music Certification
The Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge
- Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Timpanist
Baton Rouge Concert Band
- Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Percussionist
Jefferson Parish Public School System
- August 2017 - August 2019 Band/Orchestra Teacher
Loyola University Symphonic Orchestra
Fall 2013 - Fall 2016
Primary role was timpanist
Loyola University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
- Fall 2013 - Fall 2016 Percussionist
Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps
- Summer 2016 Front Ensemble Musician
Tulane University Marching Band
- Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Drumline