Michael Murray’s music has been described as “well-crafted” and “easy to listen to in the best possible way.” His compositions cover a wide variety of styles and media, but his gift for lyricism is particularly well suited to acoustic music featuring the human voice. Much of his work involves setting the words of classic poets to new music for singers accompanied by various instrumental combinations.
In addition to composing concert music, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. His music appears on the Navona and Ansonica record labels and is published by Ars Nova Press. He lives in Springfield MO, where he is Professor of Music at Missouri State University. Murray earned a B.M. in composition from the Catholic University of America and his M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music