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Harp, Trumpet and Saxophone: Faculty Master Class Series
Featuring faculty members, Elzbieta Szmyt, Joey Tartell and Otis Murphy
Otis Murphyis professor of music in saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty at age 28 and becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history.
Murphy is in great demand as an international artist, having performed in more than 25 countries worldwide across four continents.
He is the recipient of several international awards, including prizes in Belgium’s Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition and France’s Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition.
Murphy has appeared in numerous major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Merkin Hall (New York City), Casals Hall (Tokyo), Palau de la Musica (Valencia), and Muziekgebouw aan het Ij (Amsterdam).
He has performed on 15 recordings, including four solo CDs that have received critical acclaim. His recent performance of Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet with the renowned Pacifica Quartet garnered enthusiastic reviews around the world. The Pacifica’s album Contemporary Voices, which features the performance, won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Murphy has taught at music schools and festivals worldwide, including the Paris Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, Cologne Academy of Music, Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival, London Royal College of Music, and many more. His students have received accolades in national and international competitions and are members of premier military concert bands in various branches of the U.S. military.
He earned Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music, receiving the Performer’s Certificate award. He also pursued advanced studies in France under a Fulbright Fellowship for foreign study at the Conservatoire National Régional de Musique in Cergy-Pontoise, earning the Prix de Perfectionnementà l’unanimité.
Murphy and his wife, pianist Haruko Murphy, live in Bloomington, Indiana, and are dedicated parents of their six children.
Elzbieta Szmyt is professor of music in harp, chair of the Harp Department, and director of the Pre-College Harp Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
A native of Poland, she has made appearances on Polish radio and television, and performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in Europe, Canada, Japan, and the United States. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the Cracow Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. She has performed and given lectures for World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Prague, and Dublin. Her solo CD, Rhapsody, was released on the DUX label.
Szmyt began her musical training at the age of 11 on piano then began to study harp with Alina Baranowska while attending the J. Elsner School of Music and continued her training with Baranowska at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. In 1987, she simultaneously received two master's degrees, one from the Academy of Music and another in clinical psychology from Warsaw University. She subsequently received a scholarship to study with Susann McDonald, distinguished professor of harp at Indiana University. Upon earning her Artist Diploma in 1991, Szmyt was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music.
For the last 15 years, she has regularly conducted performing master classes and workshops in Poland and throughout the United States.
In 2012, Szmyt founded The Summer Harp Academy, a week-long program designed to develop versatile harpists. She teaches daily master classes, workshops, ensemble rehearsals, and private lessons along with world-renowned pop harpist Jan Jennings. The Summer Harp Academy is held in Lake Junaluska, N.C., and is open to intermediate and advanced students.
Joey Tartell has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the U.S. Army's Jazz Ambassadors. Mr. Tartell's other recordings include the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Birch Creek Music Performing Center, and Doug Lawrence Orchestra. He has also performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
As a freelance artist, Mr. Tartell has backed up such artists as Doc Severinsen, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Manhattan Transfer, Barry Manilow, and Arturo Sandoval. He has recorded for the Bob and Tom Show, Orange Bowl Halftime and Parade, Chicago Tribune, Electronic Arts, Konami, and Willimas Gaming. He was a student of Gil Johnson, Barbara Butler, Mel Broiles, and Vince DiMartino.
Katie Calderwood is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in harp performance under the direction of Professor Elzbieta Szmyt at the Jacobs School of Music and earned her B.M. with Dr. Alicia McQuay at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho in 2021. A native of Henefer, Utah, Katie began her harp studies at the age of 9 studying with Maria Phippen. Throughout the years, she has attended and performed at various harp conventions including the 11th World harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada, SAA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 14th World harp convention in Torino, Italy and performed with the BYUI Sinfoinetta in the mid-west. Katie is actively performing as a soloist and with a variety of orchestras.
Joshua Flores is a saxophonist from Dallas, Texas and is currently a second-year student at Indiana University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance under Dr. Otis Murphy. Joshua also currently holds the tenor saxophone chair in the Kanaderu saxophone quartet based in Bloomington, Indiana.
Joshua has accumulated many notable awards and placements. In 2019, he was a National YoungArts Foundation merit finalist, and placed as a finalist in the Navy Band Young Artist competition. He is a winner of the 92Y concerto competition based in New York City, and the Juanita Miller concerto competition in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, he placed second in his age group at the North International Competition in Stockholm, Sweden.
Joshua is also an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the MPULSE saxophone camp where he had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses and attend lectures given by Zach Shemon and Timothy McAllister.
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Leilani Spurlock is a trumpet player who hopes to inspire others through her playing and teaching. She enjoys performing in a variety of ensembles, such as orchestras, pit orchestras, and chamber groups. As a soloist, Leilani performs works by historically excluded composers, hoping to expose her audiences to a more diverse repertoire of music. Leilani is a senior at Indiana University, where she studies music performance with Joey Tartell, as well as Germanic Studies.
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