Sheryl Murphy-Manley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Musicology
Sheryl K. Murphy-Manley joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University in 2001 and is currently Associate Professor of Musicology. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree and a Masters degree in conducting from Sam Houston State University, as well as a Ph.D. in Musicology (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin where she taught in the undergraduate music department for four years as an Assistant Instructor and in the Continuing Education Program for ten years as a lecturer. She is a contributor to the newest edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie, and has written three articles ("Alessandro Scarlatti," "Giovanni Battista Pergolesi," and "Johann Adolf Hasse") for the Reader's Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism, edited by Murray Steib in 1999. Her research in eighteenth century music, with her dissertation, "The Sacred Music of Gian Francesco de Majo (1732-1770)," has offered music historians editions of mid-eighteenth-century Italian music that have previously been available only in manuscript. She has presented papers at several regional, national, and international society meetings on various topics and has published, among other things, "Gianfrancesco de Majo (1732-1770): A Case of a Forgotten Eighteenth Century Composer" and "Francesco Feo (1691-1761): Passio Secundum Joannem", in Eighteenth-Century Music, Cambridge University Press. Her book, entitled A Concise and Friendly Guide to Music History, is published by Cengage Publishing, and is in its second edition (2006).