Noelle McMurtry, soprano, is a recent graduate of Eastman School of Music with an M.M. in Vocal Performance & Literature. She has always been interested in varying styles of music, and at Eastman, she performed the roles of Lynette Squeaky Fromme in Assassins, Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, and Venus in John Blow’s Venus & Adonis.Noelle also had her professional debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie. A lover of song repertoire, Noellehas been a Young Artist at SongFest and has competed in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition, earning the Honorable Mention Award. Her interest in early music has lead her to perform at the Amherst Early Music Festival in Scarlatti’s La principessa fedele asRosana, as well as to perform in the Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Handel’s Almira as a Young Artist. In following her interests in musical theater, Noelle has competed in the Lotte Lenya Competition, advancing to the semi-final round. A student of Rita Shane, Noelle recently performed with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, as well as in scenes from Conrad Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons as Cécile de Volanges with Opera Avanti. Along with her vocal pursuits, she has studied the piano for ten years and is a student of vocal pedagogy. Noelle successfully completed a yearlong intensive course under the guidance of Prof. Kathryn Cowdrick and Dr. Robert McIver at Eastman, which involved teaching her own students and preparing them for an end-of-term recital.