Noa Even is an Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music.
As a member of the saxophone duo Ogni Suono, Noa has performed in Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and throughout North America. Past events include the Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Romanian-American Musical Days Festival (Sibiu, Romania), Night of the Museums Festival (Budapest, Hungary), a residency at Western University in Ontario, and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and France. Ogni Suono’s debut album, Invisible Seams, was released in 2014 and features music commissioned by the duo. Awarded a 2012-2013 CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs for children and senior citizens in Iowa. In 2015, they won a NewMusicUSA grant to begin SaxoVoce, a long term project exploring the sonic continuum between the saxophone and human voice. Music by Kate Soper, David Coll, and Felipe Lara will be premiered in early 2016 in California to inaugurate SaxoVoce. Additional composers Ogni Suono has commissioned include Ian Dicke, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Quinn Collins, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Ryan Carter, Hong-Da Chin, Claudio Gabriele, and Jimmy Bunch.
Noa’s saxophone and drum set duo, Patchwork, works with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. Formed in 2013, the duo has appeared in St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Illinois, and on Bowling Green State University’s New Music Festival. Patchwork’s commissions include Eric Wubbels, Jonn Sokol, Dan Tramte, Ruby Fulton, Jon Fielder, Max Grafe, Jason Charney, Nick Didkovsky, and Monte Weber. They have also presented their music to college composition classes and performed student works on reading sessions.
Noa’s solo performances include recitals in Paris, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Wichita, and Stillwater (OK). She won 3rd place at the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in 2011 where she performed as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, she soloed with the BG Philharmonia as winner of Bowling Green State University’s Concerto Competition. Noa placed in the 2009 MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions in the woodwind category.
As a guest lecturer, Noa has presented master classes at numerous schools, such as Peabody Conservatory, Israel Conservatory, Wichita State University, Oklahoma State University, Shenadoah Conservatory, University of Houston, Ball State University, Penn State University, West Virginia University, Ohio Northern University, Muskingum University, Cleveland State University, and University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.
Noa has served as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Kent State University since 2013. She holds a DMA in contemporary music from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in performance and music education from Northwestern University. Additional studies include the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, where she studied with Jean-Michel Goury. Her other primary instructors were John Sampen, Debra Richtmeyer, and Fred Hemke.
Noa is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs exclusively on Selmer-Paris saxophones.