Recital Programming & Repertoire
Noelle employs innovative, thematic song programming to champion the works of historic and living female composers and poets. Examples of her original programs include: Ophelia and Her Sisters, Femmes en fleur, The Little Ghost, The Heavenly Banquet, To the Queen of My Heart, Head, Heart, and Portraits: The Self Illuminated. Noelle received the Outstanding Performance Award in the Art Song Division of the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition, has been a semifinalist in the Mary Trueman Vocal Arts Competition with The Art Song Preservation Society of New York, and has been a Young Artist at SongFest where she coached with Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and composer Jake Heggie.
A frequent recital collaborator, Noelle has presented concerts with Christ & St. Stephen's Recital Series (NYC), The Cantanti Project (NYC), The Pleiades Project (NYC) and The In Series (DC). With The Cantanti Project, she collaborated on Ophelia Transformed, exploring musical and theatrical representations of Ophelia through the works of Johann Strauss, Jake Heggie, Ambroise Thomas, and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Noelle also collaborated on Her Story, inspired by Hillary Clinton's historic nomination for the U.S. presidency. Her Story celebrated female perspectives in song and the ability for female creatives to shape their personal narratives through their own words with works by Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, and Libby Larsen. For the 2019-2020 season, Noelle co-curated with Artistic Director Timothy Nelson and performed in the Gala Concert for The In Series' Women Composers Festival (DC), promoting works by living and local composers, including Kate Soper, Jessica Krash, Emily Lau, Caroline Shaw, Lori Latiman, Gabriela Ortiz, Emily Brey, and Louise Talma.
Through a partnership with Canadian flutist Christian Paquette, Noelle and Christian have focused on repertoire that explores the fault-lines between the flute and the human voice, specifically with new works and works composed by women. They performed Kate Soper's virtuosic Only the words themselves mean what they say on the Milennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, on The Walters Art Museum Concert Series (Baltimore), and on the Gala Concert for The In Series' Women Composers Festival (DC). In 2019, they premiered Kyle Puebla Dubin and Eli Rose's Haven with baritone Joshua Scheid, which explores the nuanced experience of gender identity from a trans-perspective, on the Shriver Hall Concert Discovery Series (Baltimore).
In collaboration with writer/comedian/actor Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Noelle has developed and performed Queen of Hearts, a cabaret-style exploration of love through story and song. By combining Emma's wit and observation through personal memoir and contemporary American musical theatre repertoire by Georgia Stitt and Jeanna Phillips, Queen of Hearts explores what truly evolves as romantic love descends upon one's life. Awarded a Career Development Grant from Peabody Institute, Queen of Hearts premiered at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (NYC) in 2016, and was later work-shopped on The Pleiades Project Launch Event. In the 2017-2018 season, Noelle and Emma performed Queen of Hearts with Inception to Exhibition (NYC) and Stillpointe Theater (Baltimore).
The Pleiades Project
Founded in 2015 by sopranos Caroline Miller and Elizabeth Van Os, Noelle currently serves as Artistic Advisor of The Pleiades Project, a production platform for female-identifying artists through digital and live performance opportunities. With The Pleiades Project, Noelle has collaborated both as a performer and a curator. In 2018, she premiered in Come down angels, a program exploring folk songs and spirituals from female perspectives, at the Multi- Cultural Sonic Evolution Festival (NYC) and the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory (NYC). In 2019, in collaboration with Caroline Miller, soprano Manami Hattori, and the MUSE Festival (NYC), Noelle programmed World of Miyabi: Japanese Women in Song, a program of traditional waka settings by Japanese female composers, including the contemporary poetry of Japanese-Canadian poet Joy Kogawa in Leslie Uyeda's cycle into the shimmering. For the 2020-2021 season, with a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Noelle continues her collaboration with Caroline Miller on A Women's Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!, a vaudevillain revue celebrating and problematizing the ratification of the 19th Amendment with songs from the Library of Congress Women's Suffrage Archives.
A frequent collaborator in new works by living composers, Noelle performed at The New Music On The Point Festival (VT), premiering works by Sarah Grace Graves and Aaron Wyanski. Since 2017, she has performed with Peabody’s Now Hear This in Scott Ordway's North Woods for female vocal octet, which explores what "North" represents as a cultural concept through intertwining layers of female voices. In the 2019-2020 season, Noelle was featured in Kaija Saariaho's monodrama Émilie, as the titular character. Based off of the life and work of Marquise Émilie du Châtelet, a prolific 17th Century French physicist, this unique production, directed by Garnett Bruce and conducted by Leonard Weissman, cast eight sopranos, each playing Émilie throughout the monodrama's nine scenes. Émilie, in conjunction with Now Hear This, was coached by soprano Elizabeth Futral, who gave the U.S. premiere, as well as Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, who premiered Émilie in 2010.
Drawn to the inherent drama, complexity, and emotion of Baroque repertoire, Noelle has studied with early music specialists Drew Minter, Ellen Hargis, and Lisa Saffer, as well as coached with Paul O'Dette, Richard Stone, and Mark Cudek. In 2014, Noelle performed as part of the Young Artist Program at The Boston Early Music Festival in Handel’s Almira, as a member of the Baroque Vocal Programme at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, as Rosana in Scarlatti’s La principessa fedele at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and as Venus in Blow’s Venus & Adonis with Eastman Collegium.
Noelle carries her mission of promoting the work of historic female composers into concert programming of early music repertoire. In the 2016-2017 season, with Philadelphia-based lutenist Theodore Cheek, Noelle performed Italian Renaissance lute songs by Francesca Caccini, Maddalena Casulana, Vittoria Aleotti, and Leonora Orsini. With Baltimore-based harpsichordist Paula Maust, she has interpreted Esther and Sémele, both biblical cantatas by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. In the 2019-2020 season, she collaborated with lutenist Cameron Welke on Barbara Strozzi's E giungerà pur mai, Op. 8.
Noelle prioritizes operatic projects that tell women's stories through a re-contextualized and/or contemporary lens. Her operatic interests lie in opposite ends of the historical spectrum, specializing in Baroque and 20th - 21st Century operatic works. Highlights of her operatic credits include: Calisto in Cavalli's La Calisto, Fairy in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Papagena in The Magic Flute, 1st Witch and Second Woman in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, and Despina in Così fan tutte. For her work in the Christopher Caines production of The Fairy Queen, produced by dell'Arte Ensemble, she was praised by The New York Times as " terrfic fun... and especially fine among the singers," and by The Wall Street Journal as "[one] of the most notable soloists... in a vibrant, exuberant chorus."
In 2018, Noelle performed the title role of Krystyna Zywulska in the premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darknesss: Two Remain with Peabody Chamber Opera. Out of Darkness fictionalizes Zywulska's memoirs Empty Water and I Survived Auschwitz about her experiences as a captive of the Warsaw Ghetto, and as a political prisoner in Auschwitz. This production of Out of Darkness was coached by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. In the 2019-2020 season, Noelle performed as Polyxo in Kate Soper's opera Here Be Sirens, produced by The In Series and directed by Brian K. Shaw for The In Series Women Composers Festival. Hailed by The Washington Classical Review for her “silvery-toned voice" as Polyxo and by DC Metro Theatre Arts as "delightful with [their] pointy little ears and [their] extraordinary, crystal clear voices... fully capable of handling Soper's sophisticated and intricate score," Here Be Sirens employs a trio of sopranos, who accompany themselves through both vocal and instrumental extended techniques on prepared piano, as they search for the meaning behind their own mythological existence.
Education & Research
In September of 2019, Noelle began her Doctoral studies at Peabody Institute with an expected graduation date of 2021. A student of Ah Young Hong, Noelle's research will focus on the politics of canon creation, and using programming methodology to create a more inclusive, accurate historical narrative around female creativity and female artistic contributions within classical music and opera.
Noelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vassar College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Literature from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with renowned American soprano Rita Shane. In 2008, she was awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in French by McGill University. In 2018, Noelle received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Studies at Peabody Institute in the studio of Ah Young Hong, where she received the George R. Woodhead Endowed Prize in Voice.
Non-Profit Arts Administration
The breadth of Noelle’s artistic experience extends beyond her interests in performance, programming, and scholarship. Since 2013, Noelle has developed a background in non-profit arts administration as a grant writer and Interim Daily Manager at The Actors Theater Workshop (NYC), and Executive Assistant to the Director of Manhattan Girls Chorus (NYC). As a passionate advocate for arts and music education, Noelle's duties included seeking funds and managing programs that empower children from diverse backgrounds to find their voice through theatre and music.