Robert Murphy, Director of Strings
Robert T. Murphy, a McNair Fellow, began violin studies in Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Music in performance, and a Masters of Music in violin pedagogy and performance. He studied violin with Myron Kartman, Bernard Zinck, Katherine Rapaport, and string pedagogy with Darcey Drexler and Mimi Zweig. He has played in masterclasses for Jamie Laredo, the Cleveland Duo, and Robert Hanford.
Mr Murphy has played with the Cascade Symphony Orchstra (principal second), Denver Philharmonic China Tour Orchestra, Thalia Symphony (principal second violinist), Kenosha Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and has collaborated with such artists as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hootie and Blowfish, Crystal Gayle, and Al Jarreau.
He has attended the festivals of Spoleto Music Festival USA, the Brevard Music Festival, the Mid-America Chamber Music Institute, Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Murphy has taught, as a string orchestra educator and violin pedagogue, at Whitefish Bay Middle & High School Orchestra and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. His students have gone on to study at major conservatories and universities, and perform in professional orchestras. He has given masterclasses, and has adjudicated for many music festivals and competitions throughout the United States and China.
Mr. Murphy currently teaches string orchestra at the Seattle Waldorf School, private violin at the Music Center of the Northwest, coaches viola at the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a first violinist with the Everett Philharmonic, and peforms with the Sound Ensemble.
Joe Williams, Director & Piano Instructor
Joe Williams is a pianist, producer and educator from Tacoma. He is proud to serve Tukwila students at no cost.
Raymond grew up in Arusha, Tanzania, a small city but filled with music from all around the world. He started violin when he was about 11 years under the Suzuki classical method but later joined other genres such as Jazz, Taarab, Bongo flava and the traditional Tanzania(tribal) music. Raymond believes the traditional Tanzanian music helps children learn and discover various rhythms and understand the culture/identity of certain tribes. He believes music is the key to happiness, so he approaches every lesson with engaging activities that motivate kids and enhances learning. He believes anyone can learn anything if there is determination and motivation.
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