Kristen Murphy began her work at the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department as a flute instructor in 1987. Three years later, she accepted the position of program director. In addition to her administrative position, she continues to teach private flute lessons through the department and performs flute music periodically. She holds an AA from Cottey College and BA from Puget Sound.
"My position in the Community Music Department combines my passions for music, education, and community service. Providing music instruction to campus members and to a diverse population of people from our region is rewarding work indeed."
Ms. Murphy recently completed two terms as a member of the Culture & Heritage Advisory Council at MetroParks Tacoma and has served as its chairman. She also served two consecutive three year terms as chairman for the Northwest Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Her work for the National Guild has included serving as a trustee, serving on the Council of School Directors, participating in the Mentoring and Partnership Program, working on a conference planning committee, and serving as a site visitor for the organization. She is currently involved as a member of the collegiate divisional steering committee for the National Guild as a part of the Ambassador Network series.