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"This is absolutely surreal," Murdock said. "There are so many deserving music educators in this country who are in the trenches doing this work. I'm honored to have been chosen from among them."

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“From our vantage point, we often see our alumni having a powerful impact in their fields. However, recognition at this level, and for such important work, deserves to be celebrated. We’re extremely proud to have played a role in Dr. Murdock’s journey.” Dr. Chris Winstead, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi

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“I'm forever changed by his leadership in my life, and I'm just forever indebted to the way that he has given me music as a gift and restored that passion for me over the past four years. And I'm sure the thousands of other students that he has had over the years -- whether that be in Biloxi, Mississippi, or Fayetteville, Arkansas -- they have felt the exact same way.” Former student Chimdera Nzelu

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“I'm forever changed by his leadership in my life, and I'm just forever indebted to the way that he has given me music as a gift and restored that passion for me over the past four years. And I'm sure the thousands of other students that he has had over the years -- whether that be in Biloxi, Mississippi, or Fayetteville, Arkansas -- they have felt the exact same way.” Former student Chimdera Nzelu