Michele Murray holds a Master's degree in music theory from Indiana University and a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Stetson University. She teaches music theory, aural comprehension, keyboard, and music technology classes at Anderson University, where she is the Coordinator of Class Piano, Director of the University MIDI Lab, and Coordinator of the First-Year Experience for the School of Music. She performs recitals with her husband, Mark Murray, and has given recitals on college campuses and in churches in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and West Virginia.
Beginning her organ study when she was a freshman in high school, she studied organ with Rebecca Rodenberg, who taught organ at Florida State University. While in high school, she annually entered the Florida State Music Teachers’ Association district and state auditions as an organist and she was accepted as an organ major at Stetson University where she studied organ with Paul Jenkins.
Michele is active as a performer, having performed as a piano soloist with the Anderson University Concert Band and serving as the pianist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. She performs recitals with her husband, Mark Murray, and has given recitals in Florida, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, on college campuses and in churches. In 1998, Michele and Mark released their first compact disc entitled "Slow Waltz for Trumpet and Piano."
She has written four volumes of hymn arrangements for piano entitled, "Hymns in the Style of the Masters," and "Christmas Carols in the Style of the Masters," published by Fred Bock and distributed by Hal Leonard. Her arrangement of I Surrender All in the style of Debussy is included in the commemorative album, "Bock’s Best Friends, A Tribute to Fred Bock." Her hymn arrangements are based on famous classical works for piano with the hymn tune combined with the style set by the master.
In addition to her performing and arranging, Mrs. Murray has received certification for her training to teach the Suzuki piano method and has studied with Ray Landers, Pat Jackson, Nancy Pederson, Haruko Kataoka, Cathy Medley, and Yasuko Joichi. In 1989, she received a scholarship from the SAA to attend the Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI.
Her master’s thesis, "Motivic Structure and Form in Debussy’s Jeux" was completed as a requirement for her music theory degree at Indiana University. In 1993, she received a grant from Eli Lilly to study MIDI Applications in the Music Curriculum and attended a conference entitled "Music Technology and the Music Curriculum" at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. In 1994, she received a faculty development grant to attend a workshop entitled "Developing Tools for Teaching" at the Institute for Academic Technology in Durham, NC. From 1996-1998, she served as Administrative Director for the International Music Festival held at Anderson University. In 2000, she received notification that she is listed in the millennium edition of Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2004, she and her husband were selected as presenters at the College Music Society’s National Convention in San Francisco on the topic "An Alternative to Music Fundamentals."