School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Sally Murphy enjoys an active and versatile career as a cellist, teacher, and chamber musician. As a performer, Sally engages with a dynamic range of repertoire as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured in the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s International Chamber Series (TX), the Garden Music Series (CO), the Ad Astra Music Festival (KS), the Open Space New Music Festival (UNC), and solo appearances with orchestra, including the Littleton Symphony and the Greeley Chamber Orchestra. At the University of North Texas, Sally performed regularly with the Bancroft String Quartet and the Center Piano Trio. During the summer, she has been on the faculty at the University of North Texas’ International Summer Music Institute and served as the director of the cello ensemble at the International Summer School in Pirovac, Croatia. She has held several orchestral positions, including the Greeley Philharmonic, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Owensboro Symphony, and the Paducah Symphony.
Sally is the cello professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where she teaches cello, chamber music, and other related courses. Previously, she served as the Instructor of Cello and Bass at Murray State University and as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. Sally completed her doctoral studies in cello performance at Indiana University. She received a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her primary mentors have included Barbara Thiem, Gal Faganel, Nikola Ružević, and Peter Stumpf.