Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 

Kevin Noe, Executive Artistic Director


Kevin Noe is currently the Executive Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Director of Orchestras, Musique 21, and Professor of Conducting at Michigan State University. A passionate supporter and promoter of composers, creators, and the arts of our time, Mr. Noe has commissioned and premiered over one hundred works. He has a particular interest in works which employ a variety of art forms including music, dance, theater, film, and visual arts, and he serves regularly as stage director, actor, and filmmaker for a variety of mixed-media, operatic, and theatrical productions. 

Mr. Noe has held conducting posts at the University of Texas at Austin, Duquesne University, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Opera Center and he works regularly as a guest conductor with a wide variety of ensembles. Noe completed his graduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received the prestigious Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music and was awarded the Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. Mr. Noe’s principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff, and he also studied conducting with Robert Spano. 

A dedicated conducting teacher, Noe's students have held posts at the Lawrence Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Opera in the Ozarks, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Houston Symphony, and The University of Pennsylvania, and have been accepted into prestigious conducting programs including the National Orchestral Conducting Institute, The Aspen Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

He is honored to have been with PNME for the past 15 seasons and is grateful to be able to work with some of the greatest musicians and composers of our time year after year.  Go Lime Green Dream Team! He also happens to be the luckiest man alive — he recently married the love of his life Catherine Noe'Rourke!