Dr. Murray Somerville


Contact Information

[email protected]


York, South Carolina

Early Music Skills & Interests

Conductor, Harpsichord, Organ

Early Music Affiliations


Born in London and raised in Rhodesia, Murray Somerville was University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard for thirteen years.  Trained as organist and conductor in Germany, at Oxford (where he was Organ Scholar of New College), in New York and Boston (DMA from NEC), he also directed the Winter Park Bach Festival while serving the Cathedral of St. Luke in Orlando (where he founded the Orlando Deanery Boychoir.)  Having co-founded the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra with Robert Mealy, after leaving Boston he also co-founded Music City Baroque, a period performance ensemble in Nashville, TN, with George Riordan and Karen Clarke.  He has recorded and appeared widely as choral conductor and solo organist, and has recently adding harpsichord continuo playing to his resume, as a member of Catawba River Baroque in upper South Carolina, where he now lives.


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