Collin Murtaugh is a saxophonist, composer and music educator born and raised in Rochester, NY. Growing up in Spencerport, NY, Collin started playing saxophone at age nine, as well as taking private piano lessons. Starting in high school, Collin worked and performed with various highly-regarded musicians including Ward Stare, Eric Marienthal, Allen Vizzutti, Tom “Bones” Malone, Randy Brecker, and Danilo Perez.
Collin formerly studied at Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili, NY, and earned a B.S. in Music Education, where he studied both classical and jazz Saxophone, classical and jazz piano as well as classical voice. Collin earned his M.M. in Jazz Performance at Eastman School of Music in May of 2020, where he taught Jazz Literature and Styles Analysis for Saxophone, and assisted in the Saxology Jazz Group. He currently teaches in Batavia School District at John Kennedy Intermediate School as the Band and Orchestra Director.
Collin has gained musical training from various educators and musicians from around the Rochester area, including John Viavattine, Bill Tiberio, Doug Stone, Mark Cassara, Roger Eckers, Michael Van Allen, Paul Shewan, Charles Pillow, Bob Sneider, Rich Thompson, and Jeff Campbell.