Maurita Murphy Marx
Maurita Murphy Marx is the artist-performer and teacher of clarinet at The University of Iowa. She is an active performer, receiving many invitations both nationally and internationally to perform Brazilian music, for which she has grown a strong passion. Her Brazilian concerts with Rafael Dos Santos include International Clarinet conferences and the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil, as well as at many universities in the United States and abroad. It is her desire to promote and educate the public about Brazilian music and her passion for it. Also an active chamber player, she has performed with many string quartets, including an invitation from the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet. Her more recent performance travels to the “Klassik auf der Alp” Music Festival in Switzerland, Ohio State University (honoring her teacher, Professor Emeritus Stanley Hasty of the Eastman School of Music), and Tanzania, Africa, have all included the sharing of her passion for Brazilian music. She was a featured guest solo artist at the International Clarinet Symposium at the University of Oklahoma and performed an all Brazilian recital along with guitarist Juan Tony Guzman, a native of the Dominican Republic and faculty member at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Her trip to Tanzania, Africa, sparked a new path of research. Dr. Marx was invited to present scholarly papers at international conferences in Greece and Ireland on "The Brazilian Choro: Race, Class, and Nationalism in Brazil," along with demonstrations from her Red Hot & Brazilian CD.
Maurita Murphy Marx was on sabbatical to Brazil for research and performance of Brazilian popular and romantic music in the spring of 2001. This sabbatical culminated in the recording of a second CD of Brazilian choros titled Red Hot & Brazilian and a continuation of Maurita's passion for choro playing with Brazilian pianist Rafael Dos Santos. This CD is available on ITunes, Amazon.com, and at the Iowa Artisan's Gallery in Iowa City. Maurita's Over the Fence debut recital with Rafael Dos Santos resulted in their first CD of Brazilian choros and chorinhos titled Over the Fence, along with a Brazilian promotional tour and solo recital at the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. This CD is available from WalkingFrog Records and the Iowa Artisan’s Gallery in Iowa City. Over the Fence has won critical acclaim internationally: “Mead [Marx] shows command of the idiom, her accomplished clarinet playing has verve, warmth, intensity; this new clarinet music is a new kiss of life in the clarinet world.” (Eurocass)
Hailed as a “master teacher,” Maurita has been the recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award at The University of Iowa. Her students have won first prizes exclusively, in competitions sponsored by the International Clarinet Association and ClarFest, Inc.
Dr. Marx is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with the Performer’s Certificate, and Michigan State University. Her outside interests are varied and include racing schools, bridge, golf, and knitting. She is a native of Middleton, Wisconsin.