PROF Kerry Murphy

PROF Kerry Murphy


  • 19th French music criticism (opera)
  • Australian music
  • French Opera
  • Nineteenth-century music



  • Professor Kerry Murphy is currently Head of Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium. She did her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne. The research for her PhD (1984) “The Formation of the Music Criticism of Hector Berlioz” was done under the supervision of M. François Lesure (Ecole des hautes études, Paris) and Meredith Moon at the University of Melbourne. While studying in Paris (1980-82) she participated in the Musicology seminars run by Lesure at the Ecole des hautes études. Before taking up her lecturing job at the University of Melbourne, she worked as an assistant archivist at the Grainger Museum and lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and the Canberra School of Music. In 1990 she was awarded a Melbourne University Research Fellowship for Women with Career Interruptions, which she shared 0.5 with a lectureship at Melbourne University. Kerry Murphy has attracted substantial external peer reviewed grants (2 ARC large, 4 ARC small) and has convened or co-convened a number of significant conferences, including “Music’s Audience” (2001, keynote Stephen Banfield, Birmingham), the 2002 National conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, an international Symposium on 19th Century French music in 2004, Symposium on Percy Grainger in 2007, Co/Convenor International conference “Worlds to Conquer” University of Bristol, 2010, Wagner and Us Symposium in 2013, and Bach Symposium in 2014. She has served on numerous School, Faculty, and University Committees including Assoc/Dean Research (Faculty, 2006-2009), Director of Research in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2009-2013), B.Mus Standing Committee (2008-2013), Chair, Library Users’ Committee (1992-2009); Research & Postgraduate Studies (1990-2013); Executive (1995-2009); Centre for Studies in Australian Music Management Committee (1997-2006, Chair since 2000), Grainger Museum Advisory Board (1991-1995); Oiseau-Lyre Committee (1992-); Academic Promotion an   


Member of

  • Musicological society of Australia. Normal 2006 - 2007


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1984
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1979

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2008



Available for supervision

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