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Michelle Murphy DeBruyn
Michelle Murphy DeBruyn is an artist-teacher dedicated to the highest level of musical performance and the encouragement of young vocalists. Ms. DeBruyn is a highly accomplished performer, pedagogue, and musical director, which is supported by awards in each area of specialty. She now serves as an Associate Professor of Music in Voice at Columbus State University. Although at home in all major musical styles, Ms. DeBruyn has been praised for her interpretation of 20th and 21st Century English art song. An active recitalist, she is currently in demand as a collaborator in small ensembles of contemporary work. In the past few years she has premiered new works by James Ogburn, including a monodrama opera Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan, and presented works by Ricardo Muldoon-Zohn, Federico Garcia-De Castro, Ingrid Stölzel, Andy Akiho, George Crumb, and Angela Schwickert. She has collaborated on musical theatre productions at collegiate, high school, and community levels, most notably several productions with the CSU Theatre Department. Ms. DeBruyn was a semi-finalist in the NATS Artist Award competition in 2006, recipient of a NATS Emerging Leader Award in 2010, the College of the Arts Regents Teaching Award in 2016, and the Columbus State University College of the Arts Teacher Award in 2013. As of March 2017, Dr. DeBruyn has completed her Advance Yoga Teaching Certification and is teaching yoga classes and workshops targeting the special needs of musicians and performers. Dr. DeBruyn completed both a Masters of Music (2002) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (2005) in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.