Susan Murphy is a native of Kansas City, a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music (BM), the Cincinnati College Conservatory (MM) and attended Manhattan School of Music.  She continues her favorite job of private flute instruction to all ages and levels from her  Overland Park, Kansas studio for over 29 years, continuing her many years of online instruction during Covid.  Susan offered free lessons to senior citizens through April-June of 2020.  She has been preparing many students for various online competitions, holiday and family celebrations and charitable causes, their last recital in 11/20 and their next 12/20.

Susan is continually inspired by  her students many of whom continue to win college auditions, principal chairs for Missouri All State Band and Orchestra, Kansas Sousa Bands, scholarships for various music camps, K.C. Youth Symphony orchestras, Kansas All State Band and the U.M.K.C. Honor Band, District Bands, and those selected to perform for famous artists such as Jasmine Choi and competitors for the National Youth Orchestra.

Susan has instructed 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 .  She was a National Flute Association 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 recently was an adjudicator for the 2020 Kansas Flute Society Summer Competition and a presenter in the 2020 KFS Fall Festival.

 Susan has appeared as featured concerto 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 (1993).   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,  and a James Galway’s Technical Demonstrator for  his KC masterclass.  She is a recent adjudicator for the 2020 Sousa Band and the 2020 Kansas Flute Society Summer High School and College Competitions and will be a participating instructing-presenter for their upcoming 2020 October Fall Festival.

Susan has been selected to participate in a recorded interview for the national  Story Corp’s: One Small Step at KCUR April of 2019 and a NAMI Kansas interview in May of 2020 and will be an active group participant in their National Listening Session in late September.  She enjoys kayaking, skiing and has been involved as a youth group volunteer at her church and coordinated her own small church group as well.

She and her Mark, her husband of 29 years have been busy raising their twin boys who are now busy working toward their college degrees.  They enjoy the local tennis community, have hosted three Annual and one pop-up It’s a Racquet+ charity events in support of mental health awareness.   Mark continues to practice business law and litigation for over 33 years through state, federal and the Supreme Court.  He is the founder of The Murphy Law Firm in Overland Park, Kansas and voted a Super Lawyer since 2012-2020.  

*Susan is happy to give back to the community by offering scholarships to those whose young flutists in need.  Please have your band director contact her through the contact page or have a recommendation from them when inquiring for this scholarship.  

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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