A passionate supporter of composers, creators, and the arts of our time, Kevin Noe has commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works for orchestras and ensembles in the last ten years. Having a strong background in the theatre, Noe has a particular interest in works employing a variety of art forms and serves regularly as conductor, stage director, actor, writer, and filmmaker for a wide range of mixed-media, operatic, and theatrical productions. He is the executive artistic director and conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, a group that has experienced a 600 percent rise in attendance under his leadership, and was recently invited to give an 18-performance run of a new work at 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 work Just Out of Reach.
Noe works regularly at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a conductor of opera, symphony, and ballet, and he has held conducting positions at The National Repertory Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Opera Center, The University of Texas at Austin, and Duquesne University. Noe was awarded the prestigious Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. He received his undergraduate degree in performance from the University of North Texas and completed his graduate studies in conducting at Rice University in Houston, where he received the Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music. Noe’s principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff, and he has also studied conducting with Robert Spano, Gustav Meier, Gunther Schuller, and Seiji Ozawa.