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In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau

In Search of Luise Adolpha Le Beau

Date March 18, 2022 - June 10, 2022Venue Archival Research Trip in GermanyOrganizer The Presser Foundation, Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University

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 I plan to mine Le Beau’s public archives at three German state libraries for Le Beau’s unpublished Lieder manuscripts and other primary so...

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The Shining Place

The Shining Place

Date February 19, 2022Time 12:00 pmVenue St. Thomas’ ParishOrganizer Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University

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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A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!

A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!

Date November 6, 2021Time 7:00 pmVenue Alchemical StudiosOrganizer The Pleiades ProjectWebsite Tickets, Background, and More

As the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment approached in 2020, The Pleiades Project was inspired to create and produce a music-theater work in conversation with this milestone event in American history. With a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and co-created by November Christine, Noelle McMurtry, and Caroline Miller, A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! was born, inspired by early 20th-Century vaudeville.

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A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!

A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza!

Date November 5, 2021Time 7:00 pmVenue Alchemical StudiosOrganizer The Pleiades ProjectWebsite Tickets, Background, and More

As the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment approached in 2020, The Pleiades Project was inspired to create and produce a music-theater work in conversation with this milestone event in American history. With a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and co-created by November Christine, Noelle McMurtry, and Caroline Miller, A Women’s Suffrage Splendiferous Extravaganza! was born, inspired by early 20th-Century vaudeville.

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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