“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 and expressive vocal performer, researcher, concert curator, and writer, who employs her interdisciplinary background in service of contemporary and inclusive storytelling. She engages with genre-bending music-theater projects that explore diverse and underrepresented feminist perspectives to question and re-contextualize the canon.


Peabody Commencement Ceremony

Peabody Commencement Ceremony

Date: May 24th, 2023Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMVenue: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

On Wednesday, May 24th, I will graduate from Peabody Insitute with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and a Master of Music in Musicology. I am also excited to be a featured performer at the Commencement Ceremony, where I will present two songs by Fre...

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Unearthing a Self-Curated Nachlaß: A General Survey of Luise Adolpha Le Beau’s Published Lieder

Unearthing a Self-Curated Nachlaß: A General Survey of Luise Adolpha Le Beau's Published Lieder

Date: April 29th, 2023Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMVenue: Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

This DMA lecture recital will provide an overview of the published Lieder opuses of Romantic-era composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau (1850-1927). With the support of a Presser Graduate Award, this research project began over a year ago, as I undertook arc...

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Acting Art Song: A Workshop

Acting Art Song: A Workshop

Date: March 15th, 2023Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PMVenue: University of Maryland

Acting Art Song is designed as a general introduction for undergraduate and graduate voice students to develop the necessary research, analytical, and performance skills to confidently engage with art song as a multi-faceted repertoire. In addition t...

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July weekend in NYC: Mister Roger's Variety Hour, Rooftop at the Whitney & Tea with November ☀️

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

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Cashew prepping for his first job interview

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We made it to Machu Picchu! 🦙

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Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru

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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

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

by | Aug 11, 2023 | Composer | 0 Comments

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

by | Dec 1, 2022 | Composer | 0 Comments

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.

In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau (Part II): An Estate in Ashes

by | Aug 8, 2022 | Research | 0 Comments

In Part II of my Le Beau series, I trace the fate of the composer's estate materials from her death in 1927 through the totalitarian regimes of twentieth-century Germany.

In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau (Part I): My Mother in the Library

by | Jul 1, 2022 | Research | 0 Comments

In Part I of my series on researching the songs of composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau, I unexpectedly uncover my mother's past in the library.

The Woman Within the Portrait: Ria & Mizzi

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Composer | 0 Comments

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)

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Research,Season Highlights | 0 Comments

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

by | Feb 25, 2022 | Composer | 0 Comments

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?»

by | Feb 18, 2022 | Composer | 0 Comments

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

by | Feb 18, 2022 | Composer,Research | 0 Comments

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

by | Feb 18, 2022 | Poet,Research | 0 Comments

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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