“always a piquant presence”

Christopher Corwin

Parterre Box

“Especially fine”

James R. Oestreich

The New York Times

“baroque style and expressive panache”

David Shengold

Opera News


Charles T. Downey

Washington Classical Review

Noelle McMurtry, soprano, has established herself as a versatile vocalist, researcher, concert curator, and musicologist, who employs her interdisciplinary background in service of inclusive storytelling. She engages with genre bending music-theater projects that explore diverse feminist perspectives to question and recontextualize the canon.



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July weekend in NYC☀️

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AMOR statue by Robert Indiana at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

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We made it to Machu Picchu! 🦙

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Peabody DMA Graduation 🎉

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Gorgeous portrait of composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau by Kira of Coloraturastrations

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DMA Lecture Recital prep with Hui-Chuan Chen (piano)

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Cashew considering baby geese on the Tidal Basin

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Cherry blossom season in Washington DC! 🌸🌸


Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellowship

I’m excited to announce that I will be a 2024/2025 Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. To read more on the 2024/2025 Berlin Program fellows and their research, click here.

During the fellowship, I will revise and expand my DMA thesis on the Lieder of composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau (1850-1927). My project is titled, Cornflowers and Heather: The ‘In-Between’ Songs of Luise Adolpha Le Beau. For more information on my Le Beau research, including media clips and the Le Beau publishing project, click here.

Association Mel Bonis Feature

I’m excited to announce that my latest blog post, “A place of rest where we will not enter: Trois Mélodies, op. 91 by Mel Bonis” has been featured by Christine Géliot, Director and Founder of the Association Mel Bonis, on their website. Check out the feature here!

Research Internship with the Boulanger Initiative

Since summer 2023, I have been working with the Boulanger Initiative (BI), a Washington DC-based organization that advocates for the music of women and gender-marginalized composers, as a Senior Research Intern. My work focuses on updating the Boulanger Initiative Database, which contains 8,000 works by over 1,200 composers, writing posts for BI’s blog, and collaborating on educational supplemental materials.

Image: Illustration of composers Nadi and Lilli Boulanger | Boulanger Initiative

Trailer for A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!

Watch here for a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! (AWSSE!) With a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, co-creators November Christine, Caroline Miller, and I discuss preparations for our upcoming staged readings of AWSSE! on November 5th and 6th, 2021 at Alchemical Studios in New York City.

Comtessa de Dia, The Early Music Police & Me: Part I

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In January 2023, the fact that women created and performed songs since time immemorial came sharply into focus as I prepared “A chantar m’er de so q’ieu no volria” (I must sing of what I’d rather not) a medieval song by Comtessa de Dia (c. 1140-1212), a noblewoman and trobairitz from southern France.

“A place of rest where we know we will not enter”: Trois Mélodies, op. 91 of Mel Bonis

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In "Trois Mélodies, op. 91," I wondered how composer Mel Bonis truly felt as she set Maurice Bouchor's poetry, texts which outline the poet's desire for an unattainable beloved.

To Be Loved Less Than a Flower: “Hyacinth” by Margaret Bonds & Edna St. Vincent Millay

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In composer Margaret Bonds’ setting of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Hyacinth,” we encounter an unflinching intersectional feminist portrait of the ever-shifting dynamics between gender, power, and love.

Singing with Myself: Pandemic Virtual Performance & Melissa Dunphy’s June

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Through virtually recording Melissa Dunphy's "June" in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I confronted long-held insecurities around technology by learning how to sing with myself.

The Woman Within the Portrait: Ria & Mizzi

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In Lacy Rose's cycles "Ria" and "Hope I," the composer humanizes through song the models of painter Gustav Klimt: the women within the portraits.

Suffragist Series: Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954)

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Suffragist Series highlights the fascinating suffrage activists that I researched as dramaturg for A Women's Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! (AWSSE!), including writer, educator, and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

“one heart and one soul”: The Songs of Clara and Robert Schumann

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In the Pleiades Project film "German Romantics: Clara," we explore the musical and romantic partnership between composers Clara and Robert Schumann that produced Clara's Lieder Op. 12.

«… und, wo ist Fanny?»

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Despite intense self-doubt and familial pressure to forego publication, the 1846 publication of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's "Sechs Lieder, op. 1" represents the composer's assertion of a public and professional identity.

The Myth of Semele: A Woman on Fire

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I explore the myth of Semele, a woman on fire, in its many visual and musical permutations, including historical portraits and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre's 1715 biblical cantata "Semelé."

An Ancient Poet Speaks: Finding the Voice of Sulpicia

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Jessica Krash's "Sulpicia Songs" (2015) for voice and piano counters the sexist narrative that Sulpicia, an ancient Roman noblewoman, did not write six love elegies in the "Corpus Tibullianum."

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