Michelle Murphy DeBruyn is a promising young artist teacher dedicated to the highest level of musical performance and the encouragement of young vocalists. She promotes healthy singing based upon the function of the voice and the most current physiological information available. Dr. DeBruyn teaches studio voice, vocal pedagogy and team teaches Professional Materials for Vocal Performers, a course that she created.
Dr. DeBruyn completed both a Masters of Music (2002) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (2005) in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has studied voice with Beverly Hay and Robert McIver, vocal pedagogy with William McIver, and has coached with Russell Miller, Benton Hess, and Sylvie Beaudette.
As a pedagogue, Dr. DeBruyn has special interests in wellness for musicians including yoga and meditation, registration, non-classical singing, and the similarities in technique between singers and wind instrumentalists. While teaching at the Schwob School of Music, Dr. DeBruyn has had several students win their division in Georgia NATS student auditions as well as several winners at the Southeastern NATS student auditions. Past students have been accepted to study at major institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level, including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Westminster Choir College, Syracuse University, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her students have also attended study abroad programs in language study and vocal performance.
Very active as a recitalist, Dr. DeBruyn has been heard throughout the States and Taiwan. Although at home in all major styles, Dr. DeBruyn has been praised for her interpretation of 20th Century English art song. In May of 2006, she toured Taiwan with a program devoted to modern women composers of English art song. In May of 2008, a return to five cities in Taiwan, including the National Recital Hall in Taipei, consisted of Lieder of Robert and Clara Schumann. DeBruyn was also a semi-finalist in the NATS Artist Award competition in 2006, winner of the Georgia NATSAA in 2008, and the winner of the 2010 Southeastern NATS Emerging Leader Award.
Having completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education with piano as a primary instrument, Dr. DeBruyn's experiences as a professional musician are quite varied. She has been either on stage or in the orchestra pit as a musical director, accompanist, or conductor for several musical theater performances. She has served as music director for two Columbus State University main stage productions, winning a nomination from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her work on Caroline, or Change. Dr. DeBruyn also has experience working with both elementary and secondary students in public schools and has a permanent teaching certification in New York State.
Dr. DeBruyn has previously been on the faculty of Buffalo State College and Nazareth College Community Music Program. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Alpha, NATS, GMEA (Georgia Chapter of NAfME), and MTNA. She has served as both Secretary and Registrar for Georgia State NATS chapter and the Repertoire Consultant for the Southeastern Regional NATS chapter.