Manuel de Murga

Associate Professor of Music, Composition; Director of Composition

Manuel de Murga is associate professor of music at Stetson University. He received both his master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in composition from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a bachelor of music degree (summa cum laude) at Boston University.

His music has received international performances at concerts and music festivals in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe and Australia by performing ensembles and soloists such as the Stetson University Orchestra with conductor Anthony Hose, guitarist Stephen Robinson, cellist David Bjella, the CORE Ensemble, Latin Grammy-winning flutist Nestor Torres with Orchestra Miami and conductor Elaine Rinaldi, and the University of Miami Clarke Chamber Players. Among his awards and grants are the 2000 Florida State Music Teachers Association Commission, the 1998 Kubik International Prize in Composition and the 1990 Marimolin Prize. He is published by C. Allen Publications and his compositions can be heard on the Clear Note and GM Recordings labels. Recent premieres include "Solano" for orchestra (2012) and "Tumbling Barrel" for bassoon ensemble (2012).

De Murga studied composition with Samuel Adler, Theodore Antoniou, David Liptak, Marjorie Merryman, Robert Morris, Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. He has previously taught at the University of Miami and the New World School for the Arts. He currently teaches composition, orchestration, improvisation and music theory classes, and directs the music composition program at Stetson University.


  • Ph.D., composition, Eastman School of Music
  • M.A., composition, Eastman School of Music
  • B.M., Boston University

Course Topics

  • Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Improvisation
  • Music Theory

Manuel de Murga

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