Karen Noble is Professor of Music at EWU. Her current teaching responsibilities include vocal pedagogy, diction, and Music in the Humanities. She holds the BA degree summa cum laude in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University and has done graduate coursework in Music Education at UCLA, where she received the Sinatra Performance Award. She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, and holds the MM degree in Vocal Performance and the DMA degree in Opera Stage Direction from the University of Washington, as well as the Dean's Award and JD summa cum laude from Gonzaga Law School. She has studied voice with Martial Singher, Leon Lishner and Mary Curtis-Verna; her acting mentors have included former Broadway director Jack Sydow and opera director Boris Goldovsky.
Dr. Noble began performing in high school, as featured vocal soloist in the San Diego Old Globe Theatre Shakespeare Festival. A regional winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions, she has gone on to perform dozens of roles in operas, plays and musicals, as well as being an active recitalist, opera stage director and vocal adjudicator. She has been described as an exciting singing actress of "exceptional dramatic intensity, musicality and intelligence."
In Eastern Washington, Dr. Noble has appeared with the Spokane Symphony and as soprano soloist in the Messiah with the Spokane Chamber Orchestra, as well as in several roles with Spokane Civic Theatre, including "Aldonza" in Man of La Mancha, "Nettie" in Carousel, and "Lady Thiang" in King and I. She has portrayed the "Mother Abbess" (Sound of Music), "Yente" (Fiddler on the Roof), and "Lady Bracknell" (Importance of Being Earnest) in Coeur d'Alene; "Frau Stube" in Tacoma Opera's Pied Piper of Hamelin; "Mama McCourt" in Spokane Opera's Ballad of Baby Doe; the "Old Prioress" in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with The Other Company; and the "Wicked Witch" in Wizard of Oz with Spokane Children's Theatre. Among her comic favorites have been "Rosalinda" (Die Fledermaus), "Lady Billows" (Albert Herring), and "Katisha" (Mikado). At EWU, Dr. Noble has appeared frequently as soloist with the EWU Orchestra. She sang the role of "Violetta" in a full production of Verdi's La Traviata and--three decades later and three octaves lower!--the role of "Madame Armfeldt" in a full production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music.
When not involved in music or theatre, she spends time visiting Seattle, the Washington and Oregon coasts, and enjoying her homes on the beautiful Spokane River and in Waldport, Oregon.
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