Soprano Sheila Murphy holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and both a Master and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Costanza Cuccaro. Dr. Murphy began her teaching career as an Associate Instructor of voice at Indiana University where she taught for four years. In her final year of studies at Indiana University, she oversaw the elective voice program as Secondary Voice Coordinator, supervising the teaching of 20 associate advisors and the studies of over 200 elective voice students per semester.
Dr. Murphy recently made her debut at Nevada Opera as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. She also participated in the Pensacola Opera Artist in Residence Program 2006-2007 where she performed the roles of Annina in La Traviata and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. While at Pensacola Opera, she also understudied the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as Violetta in La Traviata. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Murphy was an apprentice artist at Lake George Opera where she was engaged to perform the role of Monica in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. She returned to Lake George Opera in the fall as a guest artist in the concert, C’est Magnifique. As a student at Indiana University she performed the roles of Costance in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Blonda in Abduction from the Seraglio, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, and Una Novizia in Suor Angelica. Equally comfortable in the classics of musical theater, Dr. Murphy also performed the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd with the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama.