Susan Murphy is a native of Kansas City, a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music (BM), attended Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College Conservatory (MM).  She continues to teach privately in Overland Park, now for over 28 years.  Her students continue to inspire her by winning college auditions, principal chair for Missouri All State Band and Orchestra (2019), Kansas Sousa Bands (2019), K.C. Youth Symphony orchestras, Kansas All State Band, and the U.M.K.C. Honor Band. 

Past students have been featured flute soloists for the KC Youth Symphony, Olathe Community Orchestra, high schools, clinicians,  participants of the Kansas and Missouri  District and  All State Band and Orchestras (flute and piccolo principals), Youth Symphony orchestras,  summer music camp scholarship recipients, Rising Stars, Conservatory graduates, private instructors,  National Flute Association Convention master class performers, jazz performers and recording artists, and recently, appointed college professor.

Susan has taught at the Cincinnati School for the Performing Arts, the UMKC Conservatory, and Pittsburg State University. She is a past President and past board member of the Kansas City Flute Association, and an ongoing member of the National Flute Association .  Susan enjoyed her role in the 2009 NFA K.C. Convention Co-Presenter  for “Flying Fingers:  How to Get Yours!”  and was listed in the August 2010 edition of  435 South magazine’s “The List” for established locals “who have had a positive impact on people in the community”.  She  has truly enjoyed instructing flutists who have been as young as 3 and as old as 83! Susan enjoys performing with her students often in private and charity recitals including a recent event for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

  Susan has appeared as featured soloist with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City as well as the Kansas City Symphony, soloist and regular member of the former K.C. Camerata Orchestra, the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and the NewEar Ensemble, the latter of which she is also a co-founder.   She has been a featured recitalist in N.Y.C., Cincinnati, and throughout K.C. and Overland Park and has organized over 80 student performances over the last 28 years.  She has performed flute, piccolo and alto flute with many of K.C.’s Theater League productions, KC’s Bachathon, the National Flute Association Convention ensembles, and the K.C. Chamber Orchestra and, past and recently, the K.C. Symphony.  She has twice been a finalist in Myrna Brown International Flute Competition in Texas, Julius Baker summer class prize recipient, a featured chamber performer on Cincinnati Public Radio,  James Galway’s Technical Demonstrator for one of his KC master classes, and a performer for many other great flute masters. 

Susan and her husband of over 28 years have been busy raising their teen twin boys who are busy working toward their college degrees.  Susan and Mark began It’s a Racquet -an annual private racquet event-supporting local community needs and raising over $5,000 for suicide prevention since 2018.  Susan  was selected to participate in a recorded interview for the national  Story Corp’s: One Small Step at KCUR April of 2019.  She continues to enjoy working with the local school music programs in the K.C. and O.P. areas.

Susan is happy to give back to the community by offering scholarships to those whose young flutists in need.  Please have your band or church director contact her through the contact page.  

Private Teaching Recommendations:

I am so impressed with the way you work with [our daughter].  She has become so much more confident through lessons with you.

I really appreciate your commitment to your students. I am truly impressed with your teaching and I have sat in on a lot of lessons. ~ Parent

So thankful for finding your website page and signing {daughter} up for flute lessons with you. You are so awesome at inspiring her and probably all your students. Thanks for all that you do to teach, inspire and motivate her. ~ Parent

…. for the first time in quite awhile, [daughter] was enthusiastic about her music. …. your feedback gave her renewed energy and spark. She is very excited to begin lessons with you. ~ Parent

Holy Cow, you are amazing! ~Band Director

 People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.  Susan has always shown that light within. Her teaching will affect eternity because her influence in their lives will never stop.  Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative ~Parent, Cyndi Jones

I wish ALL my students studied with you. You have made such a difference in the lives of all of students. THANK YOU!

~Band Director

I can’t think of anyone who has had a bigger influence on my development…I don’t know anyone more committed to pulling the best out of students .  My whole experience with you has given me a new autonomy and confidence.

~Jazz Flutist/Composer/Arranger and Chiropractor-Student

You have a gift in explaining how to break a problem down into its components that makes the solution manageable, the obstacle surmountable…Your tone is what I am striving for.~ Adult Student

I have learned more from you in 6 months than I have from my former instructor in two years.~ 6th grade student, Olathe School District

You have helped me sooo much!  I can’t thank you enough!  ~5th grade student

You have such a gift of playing, teaching and working with people.  ~ UMKC Conservatory Student


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