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July

DMA Exams & Master’s Thesis

DMA Exams & Master’s Thesis

Date Jul 1 - Dec 15, 2022Venue Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

As I enter the final year of my Doctor of Musical Arts program in Voice at Peabody Institute, I am working towards completing three final exams: Music History, Music Theory, and Major Field (Vocal Repertoire). At the end of July, I successfully passed the Music History exam, and I am preparing to take my remaining exams this fall.

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September

Table Read for New Musical “Picture This”

Table Read for New Musical “Picture This”

Date September 15th, 2022Time 12:30 PM - 3:30 PMVenue Opera America

I am thrilled to take part in the table reading of "Picture This," a new musical by playwright/lyricist Richard Edelman and composer Miranda Ferriss Jones, as the role of sculptor Emma Stebbins. Centering around the lives and loves of nineteenth-century sculptors Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) and Emma Stebbins (1815-1882), "Picture This" explores the complex intersection of womanhood, queerness, race, and self-expression.

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March

In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau

In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau

Date March 18th, 2022 - Jun 10, 2022Venue Archival Research Trip in GermanyOrganizer ,

With a generous Graduate Award from The Presser Foundation, I will travel to Berlin, Germany from mid-March to early June 2022. I plan to mine Le Beau’s public archives at three German state libraries for Le Beau’s unpublished Lieder manuscripts and other primary source material relevant to the compositional and performance practice of her Lieder.

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February

The Shining Place

The Shining Place

Date February 19th, 2022Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMVenue St. Thomas’ ParishOrganizer

For The Shining Place, I was eager to explore music and poetry by twentieth- and twenty-first-century women artists that spoke of a desire to expand the self, either through mining the interiority of one’s life or seeking new adventures in the larger world.

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Whether they sing singly or together, as they do in their portrayal of the Muses, McMurtry, Crossot, and Bosworth display that they are fully capable of handling Soper’s sophisticated and intricate score.

Barbara Mackay

DC Metro Theatre Arts

Soprano Noelle McMurtry and bass Andy Berry were the most notable soloists, and the whole tribe created a vibrant, exuberant chorus.

Heidi Waleson

The Wall Street Journal

“[Fairy Queen] is all terrific fun once you are swept into the spirit, and that doesn’t take long . . . Especially fine among the singers on Friday were Noelle McMurtry and Tamra Paselk; sopranos.”

James R. Oestreich

The New York Times

“Each of the very gifted singers . . . including Noelle McMurtry . . . has at least one aria to deliver . . . These are beautiful, lilting pieces of music, with large amounts of fioritura. The singers’ task of keeping their tone pure and tremolo at bay, in order to contrast “simple” singing with these virtuosic embellishments, is a demanding one (among the women, McMurtry is especially skilled at this).”

Deborah Jowitt

Dance Beat Arts Journal

“In the middle as Polyxo was the more silvery-toned Noelle McMurtry, who turned aside from the trio’s singing to ask questions. She went with increasing insistence to a pile of books, quoting Jung, Ovid, Pausanias, and other sources, her thoughtful analysis offering some comic relief from the unrelenting fierceness of the siren song.”

Charles T. Downey

Washington Classical Review

It must have been a challenge to find performers who could sing and dance as well. All the voices were fine but we were most impressed with sopranos Noelle McMurtry … [who] captured the Baroque style with pure tones that floated beautifully in the upper register.”

Meche Kroop

Voce di Meche