Tampa, Fla. – Musician and educator Dr. Lauren Baker Murray has been named music chair of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory. A graduate of Hillsborough County’s King High School, Murray returns to her hometown of Tampa, after working and studying elsewhere for many years.
Prior to joining the Patel Conservatory, Murray was program director for Empowered Youth of Columbus, Ga., and has served on the faculties of Columbus State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Murray State, Austin Peay and the University of South Florida. Her students can be found performing world-wide, teaching in higher education, performing in service bands and teaching in the public schools.
Murray is an accomplished oboe and English horn player, and in addition to her role in arts education, she enjoys an active career onstage. With trumpeter Robert Murray, she is co-founder of the duo Harmonie del Sur. The duo has performed worldwide, at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, and has written more than a dozen compositions for the oboe and trumpet. She has also appeared as performer/presenter at various international conferences and has given master classes world-wide.
Murray has been the principal oboist with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, and has held English horn positions with the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky and Irving Symphony in Texas. She has been a guest artist at numerous International Double Reed Society Conferences, The Moab Music Festival, New Music Tampa, the Bonk Festival of New Music and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras.
A longstanding performer with the North Texas Wind Symphony, Murray can be heard on more than 50 CDs contained in the Klavier Wind Project and “Teaching Music through Performance in Band.”
She received a doctor of musical arts in oboe performance from The University of North Texas, a master of music from Yale University and a bachelor of music education from Stetson University.
More information is available by calling 813.222.1040 and at www.patelconservatory.org. The fully accredited Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community.