The New School Ensemble III Records with Grammy Nominated Artist Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock

The New School’s Ensemble III and Grammy nominee, Dr. Jeffrey Murdock put together a special Holiday performance of Donny Hathaway’s, “This Christmas”. This group is under the direction of Upper School Music instructor, Austin Farnam. 

“The students and I feel incredibly fortunate to have an outlet to present music during a time with limited live performance opportunities. We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy over the last two weeks putting together this song and I could not be more proud of the outcome. I would like to send a very special thank you to Dr. Murdock for being a featured artist with the TNS music program," remarked Farnam.


Watch the video here.


Members of the performance include:

Lisette Birch: Baritone Saxophone

Payton Crowne: Tenor Saxophone

Henry Daut: Keyboard

Austin Farnam: Drums/Guitar

Ella Kuharick: Bass

Dr. Jeffrey Murdock: Vocalist

David Wright: Trumpet

Santa Claus: Alto Saxophone


About Dr. Jeffrey Murdock

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock is internationally known as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas where he conducts the Inspirational Chorale, the Men’s Chorus, and teaches courses within the choral music education curriculum. He is a 2016 Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, 2019 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and is currently in the running to become the 2021 Music Educator Grammy Award Winner.

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