Karen Noble is Professor of Music and Humanities at EWU. Her teach- ing 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 gradu- ate 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 Washing- ton, as well as the 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 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 as soprano soloist in the Messiah with the Spokane Chamber Orchestra and in several roles with Spokane Civic Theatre, including Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Nettie in Carousel. Recently she 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). Most recently she played Madame Armfeldt in EWU's 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 home on the beautiful Spokane River and in Waldport, Oregon.
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