Director of Musical Staff and principal conductor for Voice and Opera at Purchase College Conservatory, Mr. Murphy has been coaching professional singers for the past fifteen years, preparing them to record and perform with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, l'Opéra de la Bastille, Bayerische Staatsoper, and The Royal Opera at Covent Garden. He has performed nationally and internationally as an ensemble pianist.
Hugh Murphy made his New York City conducting debut in 1995, and has conducted numerous regional opera companies. He currently holds the position of Music Director and Conductor with two New York City ensembles, Opera Semplice, which presents young professional singers in performances of standard operatic repertoire, and Apollo's Banquet , an ensemble presenting concerts of notated 18th-century court and theater dances to consistently high critical acclaim. He has served on the coaching staff at the Santa Fe Opera and on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music. He received his Master of Music degree in Piano from the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music.