Barbara Noyes of Golden, Colorado can be found collaborating with musicians in a variety of genres from duo works and chamber music to opera, orchestral ensembles, and musical theater productions. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed at renowned venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Granada Theater, Boettcher Concert Hall, among others. She has been invited as a collaborative piano fellow to festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Aspen, the Saarburg Chamber Music Festival, and the Collaborative Piano Institute. She is currently a collaborative pianist at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York.
Alongside mezzo-soprano Claire McCahan, Noyes co-founded Horizon Duo, a voice-piano duo dedicated to the celebration of American art song and creative programming of contemporary and classic repertoire. Together, Horizon Duo competed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) in New York City and the Franz Schubert & Modern Music Lied Duo competition in Graz, Austria.
Noyes holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied with Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nguyen. She received her bachelor degree in composition from Willamette University and did additional study in piano performance and French at the Institut Catholique and the Sorbonne Université in Paris as well as IRCAM’S ManiFeste summer academy for composers. Previously the collaborative pianist for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Noyes now serves as Postdoctoral Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder.
An ardent lover of contemporary repertoire, Noyes’s doctoral thesis project culminated in a recorded album of André Previn’s art song repertoire, bringing to the concert hall Previn’s unheralded art song library.