Cullyn D. Murphy (b.1993) is a composer, conductor, vocalist, and educator from Champaign, Illinois. His music has been performed by the JACK Quartet, Longleash Trio, Thompson Street Opera Company, New Music Gathering, Concrete Timbre Series, Atlantic Music Festival, New Music On the Point Festival, Illinois State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Louisville University Symphony Orchestra, Hillary LaBonte, Wm. Riley Leitch, and many others. Murphy's music has been described as “theatrical," "riveting and inventive,” and "push[ing] the idea of what music and musical organization is." (Composer's Toolbox) His music draws from his experiences in absurdity, theater, and current events.
Murphy received his B.M.E. in Music Education-Choral and his B.M. in Theory/Composition from Illinois State University, M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville where he was a recipient of the Bomhard Fellowship, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh where he received the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship. In the fall of 2017, he co-founded AmiEnsemble (an experimental trio) for whom he regularly composes, directs, and performs. Murphy has been invited to lecture at Illinois State University and Parkland Community College. He has participated in master classes with Joan Tower, Lee Hyla, Steven Stucky, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, George Lewis, Ted Hearne, Kate Soper, and Andrew Norman. His private studies include Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, Martha C. Horst, Steve Rouse, and Eric Moe.
NAT 28 will perform his work Come to/Hypnic Jerk for piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.