Kevin Noe

Kevin Noe
Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras

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Kevin Noe is currently Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras at the UMKC Conservatory, and the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Theatre of Music. A passionate promoter of the arts of our time, Noe has commissioned and premiered more than one hundred new works to date.

With a background in the theatre, he has a particular interest in works which employ multiple art forms including music, dance, theater, film, and visual arts, and he serves regularly as writer, stage director, actor, singer, and filmmaker for a variety of mixed-media, operatic, and theatrical productions. With the PNME Theatre of Music he is currently co-creating and directing new works that use binaural technology for live performance—placing the audience in headphones and has just returned from a tour of performances at the Edinburgh Festivals in this style with a work he co-wrote, directed, and performed in The Gray Cat and the Flounder.

A passionate conducting teacher, Noe’s students have held positions with the The Cleveland Orchestra, The Colorado Symphony, The Houston Symphony, Lawrence Conservatory, Orchestre National du France, The National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Opera in the Ozarks, The Crane School of Music, The University of Colorado, The University of Toledo, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Noe has held positions or worked extensively with the University of Texas at Austin, Michigan State University, The National Repertory Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Duquesne University, The Pittsburgh Opera Young Artists program, SUNY Stonybrook, the Melbourne Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Jacobs School of Music. He has conducted honors orchestras in the U.S. including the MENC All Northeast and All Northwest orchestras, and All-State orchestras including Texas, California, Oregon, Michigan, Illinois. He is a regular clinician on the art of score study and interpretation, and he is currently working on his first book on the subject.

He completed his graduate studies at Rice University, where he received the Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music. He was awarded the Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. His principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff.