Noelle McMurtry, sopranois steadily establishing herself as a versatile and expressive vocal performer, interpreter and concert curator, and writer, who employs her inter-disciplinary background in service of contemporary and inclusive story-telling. She engages with genre-bending music-theater projects that explore diverse and underrepresented feminist perspectives to question and re-contextualize the canon.


Here Be Sirens, an opera by Kate Soper, which premiered in 2011, explores with wit, humor and pathos, the experience of Homer's three sirens as they search for the meaning of their own existence.


Noelle McMurtry, starring as Polyxo, Camille Crossot and  Julie Bosworth comprise the ensemble cast, performing as

part of The In Series Women Composers Festival.

Directed by Brian K. Shaw

March 8th, 9th, 2020; 7PM and 3PM

GALA Hispanic Theater

Produced by The In Series

Read reviews for Here Be Sirens: 

DC Metro Theater Arts

Washington Classical Review


The In Series Women Composers Festival opens with a Gala Concert to celebrate the works of historic and living female composers, featuring local composers Jessica Krash and Lori Laitman, Gabriela Ortiz, Kate Soper, Caroline Shaw, Louise Talma and Emily Lau.


Noelle McMurtry collaborates with Christian Paquette (flute) in Kate Soper's Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say and selections from Louise Talma's Seven Songs with Emily Baltzer (piano).


Noelle McMurtry & Timothy Nelson, Co-Curators

March 6th, 2020; 7PM

GALA Hispanic Theater


Winner of the 2019 Yale Gordon Competition, Christian Paquette (flute) presents a program that highlights the relationship between the flute and the human voice, featuring works by Bach, Hosokawa, Schubert, Clarke, Dubin and Waxman, on the Shriver Hall Concert Discovery Series.


With Paquette and Joshua Scheid (baritone), Noelle McMurtry premieres Kyle Puebla Dubin's Haven with poetry and live, original animated projections by Eli Rose.

February 8th, 2020: 3PM

Baltimore Museum of Art Meyerhoff Auditorium


Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama, Émilie, composed in 2008, tells the fascinating and heartbreaking story of Émilie du Chatelet, a pioneering French philosopher, mathematician, physicist, and author of the early 1700's. Composed for a single soprano soloist in nine scenes, this performance features a different soloist in each scene. 


In collaboration with Peabody Institute's contemporary chamber ensemble, Now Hear This, Noelle McMurtry performs as the titular role of Émilie.


Leonard Weiss, Conductor

Courtney Orlando, Artistic Director of Now Hear This

David Smooke, Faculty Advisor of Now Hear This

Garnett Bruce & Elizabeth Futral, Co-Producers


February 6th, 2020; 7:30PM

Leith Symington Griswold Hall; Peabody Institute


Portraits: The Self Illuminated explores the intersection of visual and musical portraiture, posing the question - what does it mean to portray an aspect of "the self" on a canvas, through a musical composition, or as a performer on stage? Musical works by Lacy Rose, Barbara Strozzi, Francis Poulenc, and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre are paired with projected portraits by Gustav Klimt, Pietro della Vecchia, John Duncan, and Gwen John.


Portraits: The Self Illuminated is in fulfillment of requirements for Peabody Institute's Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

With Christopher Ciampoli (Violin); William Weijia Wang (Violin); Flavia Pajaro-van de Stadt (Viola); Alexander Cousins (Cello); Cameron Welke (Theorbo); Paula Maust (Harpsichord); Eunchan Kim (Piano)

This event is free and open to the public.

Read program notes here.