MOIRA MURPHY

SOPRANO + PIANIST + COMPOSER + ARRANGER

Interdisciplinary Art

Moira Murphy is a vocalist and pianist from middle Appalachia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano and Vocal Performance and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature. 

Her vocal experience encompasses work as an opera soloist in the United States, Morocco, and the UK; orchestral solo concert work, avant-garde productions, choral work, and sacred music cantoring across the United States; and jazz, indie folk, and goth bands in the Denver metro area.

As a pianist, she has worked as a collaborative pianist, accompanist, musical theatre pit musician, worship leader, and vocal coach across the United States with young adults and adult learners in individual and small group settings.

Moira is available for vocal session work in a variety of styles and solo performance engagement. Please contact today for a quote and performance samples as needed.

Today, her primary projects are Oryad and Sisters of Light.

Oryad is a progressive doom metal band with symphonic and operatic influences. Moira is the lyricist, partner songwriter, and orchestrator for the project, which has released an EP (2021) and a full-length album (2023) to critical acclaim.

The Sisters of Light project is a performance experience centering around arrangements of the music of Hildegard von Bingen. It has been performed in Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.

SISTERS OF LIGHT

A RECITAL EXPERIENCE

INSPIRED BY HILDEGARD VON BINGEN

Sisters of Light is a meditative recital experience featuring the soprano voice, piano, synthesizer, and world percussion accompanied by projection art. 

This hour-long program centers around the work of 12th century polymath Hildegard von Bingen in conversation with the work of 9th century Byzantine nun and composer Kassia and works and arrangements by Moira. 

This music encourages the audience to eschew formal recital expectations and instead focus on internal meditation.

This program is perfect for: chapels, art galleries, ampitheatres, multi-use arts spaces, meditative retreat centers, and unusual, intimate venues. It is a solo project and travels easily!

The project was born out of a mini-recital tour in winter 2023 that included the solo performance of Hildegard von Bingen selections from Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum, hymns from the Byzantine composer Kassia, and accompanied vocal pieces by the 17th century composers Lucrezia Vizzana and Rosa Giacinta Badalla. The audience at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado and the standing room-only crowd at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, Tennessee spoke highly of the meditative and ethereal nature of the pieces. The mysticism, poetry, and composition of Hildegard have long inspired Moira’s own works, so to create a solo meditative experience was a natural next step. The program grew fully into the ‘Sisters of Light’ repertoire, which was performed at Emory & Henry College as part of the McGlothlin Guest Artist Series in February of 2024.
The project was born of a mini-recital tour in winter 2023 that included the solo performance of selections from Hildegard von Bingen’s Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum, hymns from the Byzantine composer Kassia, and accompanied vocal pieces by the 17th century composers Lucrezia Vizzana and Rosa Giacinta Badalla. The audience at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado and the standing room-only crowd at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, Tennessee spoke highly of the meditative and ethereal nature of the pieces.

The mysticism, poetry, and composition of Hildegard have long inspired Moira’s own works, so to create a solo meditative experience was a natural next step. The program grew fully into the ‘Sisters of Light’ repertoire.

This material is available as a recital program at your institution or venue, and will be recorded as a full album in the near future. 

APPEARANCES

March 2023: Denver, CO
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

May 2023: Johnson City, TN
St. John Episcopal Church

February 2024: Emory, VA
Emory & Henry College Guest Artist Series

April 2024: Johnson City, TN
The Philosopher’s House

September 2024: Cleveland, OH
The Community of St. Hildegard

September 2024: Ootlewah, TN
St. Francis of Assisi Epsicopal Church

APPEARANCES

March 2023: Denver, CO
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

May 2023: Johnson City, TN
St. John Episcopal Church

February 2024: Emory, VA
Emory & Henry College Guest Artist Series

April 2024: Johnson City, TN
The Philosopher’s House

September 2024: Cleveland, OH
The Community of St. Hildegard

September 2024: Ootlewah, TN
St. Francis of Assisi Epsicopal Church

REPERTOIRE

These selections form the core of the Sisters repertoire:

Hildegard
from 
Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum
O gloriosissimi lux
O vos angeli
Ave Maria, O auctrix vite
O frondens virga

Kassia
Hymn to the Great Martyr St. Christina
Hymn to the Pious Pelagia
The Fallen Woman

Moira Murphy
The Path
Persephone
Lilith
arrangements from Kentucky Harmony

 

TECH SPECS

Moira can work with her own travel-ready combo amp in conjunction with her gear or plug directly into a venue’s sound system.

Travel Gear:
iRig Duo I/O Pro + Scarlett 2i2
AKAI MPK Mini Controller
M-Audio Keystation 61
Line 6 Spider Combo Amp
Fender Rumble Bass Amp
Kustom 100W PA
Laptop
Singing Bowls
Tingsha Bells
Shaman Drum
Bodhran

1080p projector

*note* typically a venue with a piano is required for this program, but advance planning can be made for Moira to bring a full keyboard as well. 

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