Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

Keith Murphy, D.M.A.

Title/s:  Instructor of Theory, Musicianship Lab

Office #:  MUND 176

Phone: 773.508.7510

Email: kmurphy12@luc.edu


Composer Keith Murphy recently joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago as an instructor of Music Theory. He was a student of Martin Bresnick, Joseph Schwantner, Ezra Laderman, and John Eaton. His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird, South Indian percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy, violin soloist Ayano Ninomiya (an Astral artist), and bassoonist Peter Kolkay (a Concert Artists Guild winner), among many others.

Dr. Murphy has received awards from ASCAP, Yale University, University of Chicago, and the European-American Musical Alliance. His grants and commissions include an Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant and an Arts Fund Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and recent commissions from the Illini Saxophone Club and the award-winning new music ensemble Opus 21.

Dr. Murphy has also been busy teaching music theory and composition at the university level, including a Teaching Fellowship at Yale University, serving for four years as a visiting instructor and composer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, and lecturing at Western Michigan University. In addition to his duties at Loyola, he currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC).   

Dr. Murphy's other musical activities include professional choral singing. He was a member of the Christ Church Choir at Christ Church of New Haven, served as tenor section leader for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, sang with Schola Antiqua of Chicago, and currently holds stipendiary positions with both the Rockefeller Chapel Choir at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.


D.M.A. Composition, Yale School of Music

M.M.A. Composition, Yale School of Music

M.M. Composition, Yale School of Music

B.A. (Honors), University of Chicago