Originally from Queensland, Australia, Michael S. Murray directs the adult portion of the music at the parish. During his tenure, the music at the Redeemer has blossomed into one of the most respected sacred music programs in New England.
He has appeared on numerous recordings. Most recently, in 2012, “Vivat Regina! The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II”, a commemorative recording of organ, choral and instrumental music, which launched to critical acclaim.
As a soloist, he has appeared in recital at major venues across the United States, Europe and Australasia, including “The Sydney Cabaret Convention”, as well as the national conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the International Society of Organbuilders, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Michael holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied organ with Peter Sykes. Previous studies in organ were undertaken with Stefan Engels (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ) and David Rumsey (Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia); Organ Improvisation was mentored by Dorothy Papadakos (Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY). In 1999, he was awarded first place in the Herbert Davis Organ Competition.
He resides in a former convent on the North Shore (known affectionately as the “Couvent sur la mer”) with his husband and two cats. In his free time he enjoys delving into culinary experiments at home and exploring epicurean delights globally.