School of Music


John McMurtery

Dr. John McMurtery
Office Location: Studio (D), Browne Hall
Title: Assistant Professor, Flute

Professor of Flute at Western Illinois University and member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, John McMurtery is flutist of the New York City Opera Orchestra and principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony. He has served as guest principal flute with the Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony. He served as acting piccolo with the Oregon Symphony and held principal flute chairs with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.

As soloist, Dr. McMurtery has appeared with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and the Peoria Symphony. Of his debut performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Carceri d'Invenzione IIb at the 2005 Lincoln Center Festival, The New York Times wrote: "...a tour de force for flute bristling with invention was played brilliantly by John McMurtery…[exploring] the extreme high and low registers of the instrument, zapping back and forth at hyperspeed." Works composed for him include two virtuosic pieces for solo flute by James Romig: Sonnet 2 and Oiseau Miró. He has given premieres by composers such as Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Sean Hickey, Jackson Hill, and Edward Taylor.

As chamber musician, Dr. McMurtery performs with UpTown Flutes (Madison, NJ) and Luna Nova (Memphis, TN). He recorded for the NAXOS label with the West Side Chamber Orchestra as soloist on John Rutter’s Suite Antique, and with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival under the baton of New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert. He can also be heard on several recordings with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.

Previous teaching appointments include The University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Westminster Conservatory Young Artist Program, and Drew University Summer Music. He served as instructor at the Lucy Moses School in New York City, and is a past president of the New York Flute Club. Dr. McMurtery earned his DMA from the Juilliard School (where he studied with Jeanne Baxtresser and Julius Baker), MM from Rutgers University (Bart Feller), and BM from Central Washington University (Dr. Hal Ott).