Kevin Noe is Director of Orchestras and head of the graduate orchestral conducting program at Michigan State University. A passionate supporter and promoter of composers, creators, and the arts of our time, he is also the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME), and has commissioned and premiered over sixty new works so far. Having a strong background in the theatre, he has a particular interest in works employing a variety of art forms and serves regularly as conductor, stage director, actor, and filmmaker for a variety of mixed-media, operatic, and theatrical productions. During his tenure with the PNME, attendance at performances has grown 500%, and the troupe was invited to give an eighteen performance run of a new work entitle “Just Out of Reach” at the festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland. Noe, with artistic companion Kieren MacMillan, co-created, directed, and played the role of Sisyphus in the newly commissioned, evening length, multi-media work.
A dedicated conducting teacher, Mr. Noe’s students have so far gone on to hold posts with professional and university orchestras around the country including the MIT Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania, the Houston Symphony, the University of Houston, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Orchestre National de France, and they have been accepted into prestigious conducting programs including the Aspen Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the National Conducting Institute.
Mr. Noe has held conducting posts at the University of Texas at Austin, The Pittsburgh Opera Center, The National Repertory Orchestra, and Duquesne University, and has been a regular guest conductor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University conducting opera, ballet, and symphonic programs. He completed his graduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received the prestigious Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music and he was the recipient of the Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. Mr. Noe’s principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff.