new york philharmonic

Celebrating Phil Smith's Legacy

It was an honor to be on stage this week surrounded by so many former teachers, colleagues, and friends as we paid tribute to the 36 year career of Phil Smith upon his retirement as Principal Trumpet from the New York Philharmonic.  He’s contributed so much to the trumpet world, and I don’t think I will ever forget the look on his face as he conducted all 54 of us through The Great Gate of Kiev.  

Happy Birthday Colin

My 5th graders at Santa Maria School in the Bronx heard that Colin is celebrating a special birthday soon.  We’ve been studying how to compose “variations” in music this year, and so we hope he enjoys this special remixed variation of Happy Birthday just for him! 

The Trumpeting Teacher | by Julia Friedman

Recently Julia Friedman, a journalism student at NYU, wrote a very nice profile piece about my career - focused especially on the work I do as a teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic.  

Paul with his students at Mount Carmel Holy Rosary in East Harlem

At Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem, uniform-clad third graders are pounding on their desks. Some do it quickly, others softly. Some are clapping their hands while others are snapping their fingers or stamping their feet on the floor. A few crinkle sheets of paper. The room sounds like a thunderstorm and the children have big, mischievous grins on their faces. But their teacher, Paul Murphy, does not care. He asked them to be loud. He wantsthem to be loud.

Paul Murphy, 31, is a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and his lesson today…

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