Sandra Shaw Murphy was musically
trained as a child by her mother, Juliet Shaw, and
continued studying piano and organ performance at Hollins
College and Juilliard. Among her teachers were Edwin
Hughes, Edward Steuermann, Alton Jones and Nadia
Reisenberg. At the same time she began her piano teaching
career she also started her professional activities with
church music. Today, in addition to directing the SSOM
she is Music Director of Greenfield Hill Congregational
Church in Fairfield, an active performer in the Silvermine
Duo-Pianists which she coaches along with the Darien
Community Association Duo-Pianists and Duo-Piano Group of
the Schubert Club of Fairfield County.
In September 2001 Sandra and her
duo-piano partner, Rita Lapcevic, celebrated performing
together in a 30th anniversary concert at SSOM.
Ms. Murphy’s strong interest in mentoring young musicians
and her life-long commitment to teaching, performing, and
educating has been recognized by the state of Connecticut
for achievement in the arts and a lifetime award for
“Women in the Arts”.
Brubeck, "Points on Jazz"
Sandra S. Murphy, piano
Rita Lapcevic, piano