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Matthew Murchison is acknowledged to be one of the nation’s leading euphonium and tuba players.
Murchison has been a member of Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band since 2002, becoming principal euphonium in 2006. He has performed across the country with the group in more than 200 performances and numerous broadcasts on WQED, which also featured Murchison on “Performance in Pittsburgh.” Murchison also founded the River Bottom Quartet, made up of players from the River City Brass Band. Murchison plays in and has founded numerous other ensembles including Mainspring, which presents concerts of world fusion music.
As a teacher, Murchison has been a guest clinician and artist at the US Army Band and International Tuba/Euphonium conferences and is a regular competition judge.
Murchison released a solo recording, “Everyone But Me,” on Mulholland Records and Music in 2003. He can also be heard on record with the River City Brass Band’s Polished Brass and Mainspring’s Whiskey and Goats. His compositions for euphonium, including Blue Green Day and Six Character Pieces, have been published by Cimarron Music Press.
Murchison holds a DMA in low brass from West Virginia University; a master’s degree in euphonium performance from Carnegie Mellon University; and a bachelor’s degree in euphonium performance from the University of North Texas.