Sarah-Ellen Murphy studies with Olive Cowpar in Limerick. She achieved an Honours Diploma in singing from the London College of Music and Media. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree with music from Mary Immaculate College. She had the privilege of being a soloist with Limerick Choral Union on a number of occasions including; Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Verdi’s Requiem, under the direction of Malcolm Green.
Over the past number of years she was the Contralto Soloist in oratorios with Ancór Choir in Limerick, Mary Immaculate College Choir, Galway Choral Association, Tipperary Chamber Choir, Carlow Choral Society, West Cork Choral Singers, The Fleischmann Choir, Galway Choral Association, Tribal Choir and the Summer Music on the Shannon Choir. She has an extensive oratorio repertoire including; Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Theresienmesse, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Jenkin’s Armed Man, Jenkin’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Duruflé Requiem, Bach’s Magnigicat, Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore, Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saëns and Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Brevis in D and Coronation Mass in C.
Apart from oratorio her other performances have been; The Irish Ring and The World of Gilbert and Sullivan in Tipperary, the Irish première of songs with CoMA Limerick Ensemble and the Summer Music in Galway Quintet. She played leading roles in Riders to the Sea by Vaughan Williams, The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti and in an excerpt from The Breakfast Table by Fiona Linnane in the Opera at Castalia festival in Kilkenny. She was the recitalist at the opening night of the Kate O’ Brien Weekend in 2012. She was nominated for an Opera Bear Award for her concert performance of Songs from Kate O' Brien, which were also composed by Fiona Linnane and written by Mary Coll. She performed the role of Mrs. Noye in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde as part of Limerick City of Culture in 2014.
She presented concerts with the Summer Music on the Shannon Orchestra in Limerick and Galway and lunchtime concerts in Mary Immaculate College and Saint Mary’s Cathedral. She received first prize in the Contralto Solo competition in Feis Ceoil in Dublin. She won all major prizes in Féile Luimní in Limerick and Feis Maitiú in Cork. Sarah-Ellen played many leading roles in operas with Summer Music on the Shannon.