Ryan Patrick Murphy
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I require pre-payment for all lessons except the first. Lesson fees are paid for in advance at the conclusion of the last lesson of the month (for example, April’s lessons are paid for at the end of the last lesson in March). I accept payment electronically, via check, or in cash, though I prefer Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Venmo. I also do charge a travel fee for all in-home lessons. Thumbtack usually adds this fee for voice lessons in the quote, but not for piano lessons.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We hit the ground running at the first lesson! Often we'll chat on the phone for a while beforehand. I talk while driving quite a bit, and I’m a seasoned veteran of the game of phone tag :-)
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Well, here's my bio: Ryan Patrick Murphy is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where he serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor and provides music for liturgies in the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite every week. He recently completed a term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou. Mr. Murphy has also served as the Organist, Choirmaster, and Cantor of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, also in Pittsburgh. He was an organist and cantor at the St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and has performed as an organist in six states and the District of Columbia. In 2011 he came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. Mr. Murphy is the founder of the Schola Cantorum of the Pittsburgh Oratory, a liturgical choir which sings Gregorian chant on a weekly basis and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has studied chant with Scott Turkington, William Mahrt, Fr. Stephen Concordia, and Dom Daniel Saulnier in Solesmes, France. Ryan served as the Gregorian chant faculty member at the annual Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Choir Camp from 2015 through 2017. Mr. Murphy has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Horst Buchholz. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, where he studied with Natasha Snitkovsky. He teaches piano, organ, and voice privately to about forty students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, golfing, dancing, and weightlifting in his free time. Ryan serves as the president of Juventutem St. Louis. He lives in St. Charles, Missouri with his wife Kelsey and can be found on SoundCloud as RyanPatrickMurphy.