Bio

childI never have cared much for bios. If you must know, here is mine.

Steve Murray began playing string bass in high school, and while doing graduate studies at Miami University, he studied with Harold Roberts, principal bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, Steve has performed with a variety of notables such as Buddy DiFranco, George Wilson, Gray Sargent and Judy Collins among others. Steve has founded and directed his own bands and has contracted for the likes of Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers and others.

Steve’s formal studies in composition were with Eugene Hill at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and with Donald Freund at the University of Memphis where he completed his Doctorate in theory and composition with a minor in jazz studies.

Steve is also a singer and has performed with the Hartford Chamber Choral, has taught choral music at the high school and collegiate level for two decades, founded the Memphis State Jazz Singers, and currently performs with Albany Pro Musica – the premier choral ensemble in the capital district.

As a composer, Steve has been active in a variety of genres. He has written instrumental chamber and orchestral music as well as works for music theatre. For the past decade and a half, he has concentrated on choral and solo vocal music. He is published in the U.S. and Canada, was the recipient of the grand prize in the Harmonia Choir Composition Contest, Ottawa in 2006, the grand prize in the Vaughan Williams Choral Composition Contest, Yorkshire, UK in 2008, and he was co-winner of the 2010 New England Choral Composition Contest, Somerville, MA. He won the grand prize in the 2011 Freudig Singers (Buffalo, NY) Choral Composition Contest. He was a semifinalist in composition for the 2013 American Prize and a finalist for the 2014 American Prize. He was one of four composers chosen to have a work premiered by the Minneapolis based First Reading Project in May of 2014 and by Novi Cantori in March in Simsbury, CT in 2015. In May of 2015, the Berkshire Concert Choir (Pittsfield, Mass.) premiered two of his recent compositions. He is the 2015 – 2016 Composer in Residence for Albany (NY) Pro Musica, and he is the second place winner of the 2016 Edwin Fissinger Prize. Steve teaches music theory, computer music notation and composition at Berkshire Community College.