As a conductor whose work has been praised as “superb” (The New York Times), “well-prepared and joyful” (Detroit Free Press), and “excellent” and “fluent and fresh” (Opera News), Dr. Noah Horn presently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Williams College, chorus master for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director and founder of the professional vocal ensemble Audivi. With Audivi he has conducted historically-informed landmark performances of Bach's Mass in B minor and Monteverdi's Vespers, as well as premiering dozens of new compositions and touring several times around the US. He has worked with ensembles in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Canada, and the Philippines.
For several years, Dr. Horn served as director of choral activities at Wayne State University, where he directed the choirs and led the graduate program in choral conducting. Also a passionate orchestral conductor, he has served as director of orchestral activities at Wesleyan University and worked with orchestras around the country. Other teaching assignments have included posts at Oberlin Conservatory, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan. His former graduate students hold choral artistic director positions across the country.
As a tenor specializing in oratorio, Dr. Horn has sung solo roles in much of the standard repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. He regularly sings with professional ensembles across the country, such as Conspirare and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble. As an organist, Dr. Horn has given recitals in several countries, and has served as music director at a number of churches; recently he won several competitive national prizes from the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Horn also works freelance as a pianist, harpsichordist, trumpet player, composer, and audio and video engineer. He appears in numerous commercial recordings, including five albums released on Naxos Records.
Dr. Horn holds the D.M.A., M.M.A., and M.M. degrees from Yale University in choral conducting, and the M.M. and B.Mus. degrees from Yale and Oberlin College in organ performance. He lives in western Massachusetts.