School of Music


Dr. John McMurtery John McMurtery

Office Location: Studio D, Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Assistant Professor, Flute

Professor of Music (flute) and member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, Dr. McMurtery is section flutist of the New York City Opera Orchestra and principal flutist with the Opera Orchestra of New York. During the 2011-12 season he served as acting piccoloist with the Oregon Symphony. He has performed regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony.

As soloist, Dr. McMurtery has appeared with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. 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 countless premieres by renowned composers such as Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Sean Hickey, Jackson Hill, and Edward Taylor.

As chamber musician, Dr. McMurtery performs with UpTown Flutes and Luna Nova. McMurtery recorded for the NAXOS label as principal flutist on a collaborative disc of world premieres by award-winning composer Sean Hickey.

Previous teaching appointments include The University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Westminster Conservatory Young Artist Program, and Drew University Summer Music. He taught studio flute 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). WIU appointment, 2012.