Murray Boren (born 1950) is a prolific composer of opera, symphonic, chamber, and vocal works. In 2007, he retired from his position as composer-in-residence at the College of Music of the College of Fine Arts and Communications of Brigham Young University (BYU).
Boren has both a B.M. and an M.M. degree from BYU and a D.M.A. from the City University of New York. Boren began his academic career as department head at the University of Nsukka College of Education in Uyo, Nigeria from 1979-1980. He then taught for four years at BYU. After this he worked in administrative positions at the City University of New York and New York University. He has been on the faculty of BYU since 1994 and composer-in-residence from 1999 until his retirement in 2007.
Boren has written the music for ten operas, some of which were with Glen Nelson as the librettist. Among his operas are Emma and The Book of Gold. He has also written over 100 songs and chamber compositions. Boren has also worked as the composer of music for live-theatre productions. He wrote the music for the Joseph Sonnets which were created in co-operation with Sally Taylor. Many of the pieces that Boren has written have been specifically for fellow BYU faculty such as flutist April Clayton.
Several of Boren's pieces were first performed by orchestras directed by Kory Katseanes.
- BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications bio
- Notice of Boren’s retirement from CUNY alumni notes
- International Harp Composition bio of Boren
- Mormon Times 17 January 2009.
- New York Times July 11, 1992
- Association for Mormon Letters review of The Book of Gold
- Mormon News Today Nov. 10, 2000
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