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J Murphy McCaleb

Senior Lecturer of Music, York St John University

Murphy McCaleb is a senior lecturer of music at York St John University. He received his doctorate in performance studies from Birmingham Conservatoire after studying trombone performance and chamber music at the University of Alaska and the University of Michigan. As a bass trombonist and pianist, Murphy engages in a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and experimental, and performs as part of the New York Brass Band, the York Guildhall Orchestra, and the Leeds Sinfonia. He has recorded on multiple albums, most recently being Mythical and Angry, a funk collaboration with Andy Edwards and Flora Greysteel's From the Ground. His first book, Embodied Knowledge in Ensemble Performance, was released by Ashgate in March 2014. He has performed and worked across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer of Music, York St John University


  • 2012 
    Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, PhD in Ensemble Performance