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Music educator , saxophonist

Otis Murphy is an American classical saxophonist and saxophone professor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.


Murphy, Otis was born on October 25, 1972 in Milledgeville, Georgia, United States. Son of Otis Murphy, Senior and Ruby Mitchell Murphy.


Bachelor of Music magna cum laude in Education, University Georgia, 1995. Master of Music in Saxaphone, Indiana University, 1998. Student in Music in Saxaphone, Indiana University, since 1998.

Student, Conservatoire National Régional de Musique de Cergy-Pontoise, 1999—2000.


He is an active saxophone soloist and clinician who is in great demand throughout the world. In addition to his frequent solo appearances throughout the United States, he has also performed and given saxophone classes in France, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Belgium, and Italy. Dr. Murphy is a Yamaha performing artist and a D'Addario performing artist.


  • Murphy has won numerous awards and prizes which include: 2nd Prize in the Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition (1998) in Belgium, 3rd Prize in the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (1996) in France, 1st Prize in the Heida Hermanns Young Artist Competition, 2nd Prize in the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the J. William Fulbright Grant that allowed saxophone study in France.


  • Other Work

    • Musician: Indianapolis (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, 2002-2005, Indiana University Festival Orchestra, 2002, University North Texas University Symphony Orchestra, 2002, University North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, 2004, numerous solo performances.


He joined in 2001 and became one of the youngest members of its faculty in the school's history.


Married Haruko Murphy, May 29, 1999. Children: Kevin, Renée, Ethan.

Otis Murphy

Ruby Mitchell Murphy

Haruko Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Renée Murphy

Ethan Murphy