Distinguished School of Music Professor Retires After 45 Years

University Communications
March 31, 2006

Edward Murphy, a sophomore music theory and graduate analysis professor, will retire after 45 years of distinguished service to the School of Music and The University of Arizona.

Murphy came to the UA in 1961 to teach horn and music theory, and became a full professor in 1974.

He has published scholarly articles on the music of Mahler, Strauss, Bruckner, Lisz and Shostakovich. In 2001, The University of Arizona's College of Fine Arts presented him with the James R. Anthony Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.

His students know him for his rapid and challenging pace, delightful wit and his inexhaustible willingness to help, according to a memo from Peter McAllister, director for the School of Music.

Murphy also developed the graduate theory program and is the graduate theory adviser.

The School of Music is hosting a retirement reception on April 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the lobby of Holsclaw Hall in the School of Music.