Michael Murray, director
Thursday, July 4th | Eucharist
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Michael S. Murray has directed the music at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, since September of 2001. During his tenure, the music at the Redeemer has blossomed into one of the most admired sacred music programs in New England. Throughout his career, Murray has appeared on numerous recordings. Most recently, “Vivat Regina! The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II”, a commemorative recording of organ, choral, and instrumental music, from the Church of the Redeemer launched to critical acclaim. Correspondence once the recording was released included complimentary notes of appreciation from both Buckingham Palace and Balmoral Castle.
As soloist and accompanist, Murray is noted for his versatile range and colorful interpretation, appearing at venerated cathedrals, churches, and concert halls across the United States, Europe, and Australasia, as well as in lighter capacities, such as Sydney’s Cabaret Convention. He has performed as part of the conventions and conclaves of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the International Society of Organbuilders, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. In 1999, he was awarded first place in the Herbert Davis Organ Competition, the most prestigious organ competition in the southern hemisphere at the time. As an author,
his writings have been published in both hemispheres. Murray holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied organ with Peter Sykes. Previous studies in organ were undertaken with Stefan Engels and Mark Anderson (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ), and David Rumsey (Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Australia); Organ Improvisation was mentored by Dorothy
Papadakos (Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY). Early years of musical training were with Elizabeth Spicer (piano & voice), Christopher Wrench (organ), and Christine Blake (organ).