Scott Murphree is a distinguished singer of the concert, recital and opera stage.
As a featured soloist, he appeared in Handel’s “Saul” for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Paul Griffiths of The New York Times reported that he “gave an excellent performance as Jonathan, radiant and expressive, completely in command,” as well as declaring his opening aria as “one of the musical high points… [which] gave everyone a lift.” His other solo concert engagements include appearances with the Eos Orchestra of New York, the Newberry Consort of Chicago, the Friends and Enemies of New Music, the Mirror Visions Ensemble, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Holy Trinity Bach Foundation and Bachworks.
He has been a featured soloist in concerts of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor. He also has appeared in concerts at several summer music festivals, including the Cape May Music Festival, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the Aspen Music Festival as well as the Pacific Music festival in Japan.
In Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Murphree gave a solo recital of songs commissioned by the late Alice Esty. He also has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Town Hall, singing the songs of Ned Rorem with the composer at the piano.
He has worked closely with other composers such as Robert Beaser and Richard Hundley, and has premiered works written especially for him by Yehudi Wyner, Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo and Richard Pearson Thomas. Mr. Murphree often gives song recitals and has been heard in New York at Florence Gould Hall, Cooper Union and the Kosciuzsko Foundation among others. In addition, he has given recitals abroad in Paris, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Stockholm.
Mr. Murphree has participated in several world premieres of operas. This spring he sang the role of Percy Bysshe Shelly in the premiere of Allan Jaffe’s opera, “Mary Shelley,” at the Ethical Culture Society. He also sang the role of Arviragus in the premiere of “Cymbeline” by Christopher Berg, and he sang the title role for the premiere of Tina Davidson’s “Billy and Zelda” with Opera Delaware. Furthermore, he has sung roles in the acclaimed productions of Britten’s “Paul Bunyan” with the Glimmerglass Opera, and in Jonathan Miller’s staged version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Among his honors, he was given the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award, and was selected as finalist for both the Joy in Singing Award and the PoulencPlus! Centennial Competition.
He received his education at the University of North Texas, Yale University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.