Viola, Violin



Bachelor of Music – Cleveland Institute of Music

Micaela Murphy is a violist and a violinist in the Northeast Ohio area and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey of The Cleveland Orchestra. At age 4, she started playing the violin and at age 13, she picked up the viola, and completely fell in love with the instrument. She has received first prize at several competitions and has won performances soloing with orchestras across the Midwest Region, including the Springfield Drury Orchestra, Ozarks Youth Orchestra, Ozark Festival Orchestra, and received honorable mention at the Ohio Viola Society Competition. She has participated in several summer music festivals, including Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Encore Chamber Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and received a fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute. As an active artist, she is the owner of Arabesque Strings, a professional music ensemble that performs for weddings and all special events in Northeast Ohio which she performs with regularly. In addition to her performance career, she is also an avid orchestral musician and currently holds the principal viola position at the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and in previous years held the principal position at Cleveland institute of Music’s Orchestra, and the Ozarks Youth Orchestra. 

Additionally, Micaela has devoted herself to being a dedicated violin and viola instructor, studying pedagogy under Jeffery Irvine and Suzuki Pedagogy with Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has been teaching privately for over nine years and has been invited as a guest teacher to instruct masterclasses with the Ohio Viola Society Convention. With this pedagogical focus, Micaela is currently in the process of being certified under the Suzuki Association of the Americas with the Suzuki Pedagogy Method. She has a passion for teaching and sharing her love for music with students of all ages and levels. 

When away from her studio, Micaela loves exploring beautiful hiking spots, discovering new local coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family.