A member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and The Santa Fe Symphony, Frank Murry has played chamber concerts with Chatter, Serenata of Santa Fe, and Musicos Chamber Players of New Mexico. Formerly a member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Frank also performed with Houston Grand Opera, Shreveport Symphony, Ebony Opera, Theatre Under the Stars, and Houston Symphony. His early career took him across the US and Europe to festivals such as the American Institute of Musical Studies, L’Orchestre mondial des Jeunesses Musicales, National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals. In 2010, Frank had the honor of performing the world premiere of From a Visible Darkness
, a solo double bass piece by Daniel Adams, at the National Association of Composers (Texas Chapter) conference.
As a composer, Frank writes for jazz combo, solo bass, and bass ensemble. He has played with noted jazz artists Kinney Abair, Andre Hayward, Anita Moore, Charles Rhinehart, Robert Sanders, Horace Alexander Young, and others. His jazz performances at festivals have included appearances at the Houston International Festival, Baton Rouge Art Festival, Texas Southern University Jazz Festival, and the Southern University Jazz Fest.
Frank started the Albuquerque Bass Workshop and coaches bass for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program. Previously an adjunct faculty member at Texas Southern University and Houston Community College, he also taught bass in the University of Houston preparatory program. In addition to running a number of bass workshops and a string camp, Frank has taught at George Vance’s Summer Bass Workshop, the Sandia Music Festival, Twin Cities Bass Camp, and the Kansas City Bass Workshop.
Frank has taken teacher-training courses with François Rabbath and George Vance. He studied bass at Louisiana State University with David Williamson and Thaddeus Brys before earning a Master of Music degree under Paul Ellison at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.