CIMG1722Susan Murphy is a native of Kansas City, a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory, and continues to teach privately in Overland Park for now over 28 years.  She is a past President and board member of the Kansas City Flute Association, an ongoing member of the National Flute Association and was a 2009 NFA K.C. Convention Co-Presenter  for “Flying Fingers:  How to Get Yours!”.  Her name has been featured in the August 2010 edition of  435 South magazine’s “The List” which includes established locals “who have had a positive impact on people in the community”.  Susan was a Missouri State adjudicator for the 2017 MSHSAA Solo Festival and is requested in locally for the Blue Valley School District and Olathe School District  and community orchestras as a woodwind judge, and clinician.   Susan continues to enjoy her active and home-based flute studio in south Overland Park. She received B.M. in Flute Performance from the UMKC Conservatory, worked toward her M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC and completed it at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory.  Throughout her college years, Susan has truly enjoyed instructing flutists who have been as young as 3 and as old as 83!  She has taught at the Cincinnati School for the Performing Arts, the UMKC Conservatory, and Pittsburg State University.  Her students have been and/or are currently school ensemble section leaders and school soloists, clinicians after graduating, KC Youth Symphony and Olathe Orchestra soloists,  Kansas and Missouri First Chair All State Band and Orchestras, Youth Symphony participants, scholarship recipients to summer music camps, Rising Stars, Conservatory graduates, private instructors,  National Flute Association Convention performers, and jazz performers.  

Susan has appeared as featured soloist and regular member with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City as well as the Kansas City Symphony, the former K.C. Camerata Orchestra, the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and the NewEar Ensemble, the latter of which she is a co-founder.   She has been a featured recitalist in N.Y.C., Cincinnati, and throughout K.C. and Overland Park and has organized close to 100 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 performer on Cincinnati Public Radio,  James Galway’s Technical Demonstrator for his KC master class, and a performer for many flute masters including  Paula Robison, Jimmy Walker, Leone Buyse, Julia Bogorad, Jeffrey Khaner, the late Sam Baron, the late Thomas Nyfenger, Bonnie Boyd and more.

Those  students  of all ages residing in the  BV, Olathe and SM School Districts are offered a Valentines Half -Price Special through  the month of February of 2019.  Inquire through the contact page, mentioning this offer from this page,  as soon as possible for scheduling.   Peace  and love back to our communities.  

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

New flute and piccolo students are accepted year around, in -person, or  by Skype.  Please use the contact page for more information from Susan.

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