As a conductor whose work has been praised as “superb” (The New York Times), “well-prepared and joyful” (Detroit Free Press), “excellent,” and “fluent and fresh” (Opera News), Noah Horn recently began tenure as Music Director of Cantata Singers, a prominent ensemble in Boston. His other current positions include serving as 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.
Committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion in all areas, Noah co-founded and sings with Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, a group that focuses on a diverse representation in its membership, and which has recently given headliner performances in 2022 at Podium (Canada’s national choral conference) and ACDA’s Southern Regional Convention. He has commissioned dozens of works by composers from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, and considers it essential to do the work of advocacy and education with every artistic decision.
An avid educator, Noah has served as director of choral and orchestral activities at several universities and colleges, including Oberlin, Williams, Amherst, and Hampshire Colleges, and Wesleyan, Wayne State, and Western Michigan Universities. His former graduate students hold choral artistic director positions across the country. He has taught a wide variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including choir, orchestra, conducting, music theory and ear training, choral literature and music history, voice, and collaborative piano.
As a tenor, Noah has sung solo roles in much of the standard oratorio and concert repertoire. He has sung with professional ensembles across the country, including Conspirare, Spire, Yale Choral Artists, Arkora, Cerulean, and the Tallis Scholars. He appears in numerous commercial recordings, including five albums released on Naxos Records. His singing has been featured on America’s Got Talent, MLB.com, and YouTube’s homepage. Also an organist, Noah has served as music director at a number of churches, and currently works in that capacity at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT. He has given organ recitals in several countries and many states, and specializes in choral accompaniment. He recently won the nationally competitive AAGO and S. Lewis Elmer Prizes from the American Guild of Organists. He continues to collaborate with soloists and ensembles on organ, harpsichord, and piano. In his younger years he enthusiastically pursued trumpet, and played principal trumpet for several orchestras, bands, and jazz ensembles, along with having the opportunity to play solo jazz trumpet for President Bill Clinton during his time in office.
Noah 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 Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.