Sheryl Murphy-Manley, PhD


Professor, Coordinator of Musicology

Contact Information
(936) 294-4990
School of Music 324


Dr. Sheryl K. Murphy-Manley joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in 2001 and is currently Full Professor of Musicology and Coordinator of the Musicology Area. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education (1985) and a Masters of Music in Conducting (1987) from Sam Houston State University, and a Ph.D. in Musicology (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin where she taught in the undergraduate music department for four years as an Assistant Instructor and in the Continuing Education Program for ten years as a lecturer. She is a contributor to the The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, (ed. Stanley Sadie, W. W. Norton, 2001) and her research in eighteenth-century music through her dissertation, "The Sacred Music of Gian Francesco de Majo (1732-1770)," has offered music historians editions of mid-eighteenth-century Italian music that have previously been available only in manuscript. She has presented papers at regional, national, and international society meetings on various topics including eighteenth-century Italian sacred music, 19th-century musical borrowing in Joachim Raff, diegetic and non-diegetic sound in game music, extended instrumental techniques in twentieth-century American music, and pedagogy.

Dr. Murphy-Manley served two terms as secretary-treasurer for the American Musicological Society-Southwest Chapter (Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma), and served as President of the Chapter in​ 2015-16. She is the managing editor of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter Conference Proceedings, and is an associate editor of Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. In 2012, she produced Newton D. Strandberg: Essays and Sketches (Parma Recordings, Ravello Records), an extended-content CD-ROM which includes performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. She is currently creating a thematic catalog for the works of Newton Strandberg and the third edition of her book, A Concise and Friendly Guide to Music History, was released in 2015 by Cengage Publishing. Dr. Murphy-Manley has written prose and painted all of her adult life. She has posted samples of each on her personal website: