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Timothy Noble

Distinguished Professor of Music (Voice)

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(812) 855-6118
East Studio Building, JS205



  • M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1981
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Indiana University, 1977

Baritone Timothy Noble, distinguished professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has enjoyed an international vocal career spanning nearly 50 years.

He has performed over 50 leading roles in major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Fenice, Netherlands Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival. He has debuted four world premieres, including Philip Glass's The Voyage for the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed as baritone soloist with the London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony, to name a few, and appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Ravinia Festival. His operatic/concert collaborations include some of the great maestros of the last half century, including James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, and Nello Santi.

Noble toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians for seven years as soloist, arranger, rehearsal conductor, and percussionist; appeared on Broadway in the 1972 production of The Selling of the President and on numerous television shows, such as Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas; and received a Grammy nomination for his performance of Harold Hill in the Telarc recording of The Music Man.

He recently completed a 20-year project of writing the music and lyrics for his first musical, Alamo, which premiered at a public workshop performance at the Jacobs School of Music in the spring of 2012 and will, hopefully, be headed to Broadway in the not-too-distant future.

In the fall of 2013, Noble will begin his fifteenth year at the Jacobs School, where he was elevated in rank from full professor to distinguished professor of music in 2004. He currently serves as a vocal trainer for the Canadian Opera Company and the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario, and is in high demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout North America.

Noble's students, have won the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions at the district, regional, semi-final, and grand finals levels, the Palm Beach Competition, the George London Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, the Bel Canto Competition, the Orpheus Competition, and the Matinee Musicale. During the summer of 2009, his student Jordan Bisch won second prize of $20,000 in Placido Domingo's Operalia International Competition, and Michael Brandenburg recently was a winner of the MONC Finals at the Metropolitan Opera and the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago.

Noble's students hold or have held positions with virtually every young artist program in North America. They students have gone on to appear in major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Central City Opera, Fr. Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, Canadian Opera, Zurich Opera, Cologne Opera, Canadian Opera, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.