The Board is delighted to announce the wonderful news that Noah Bloom will be the next Executive Director of Neighborhood Music School.
An organization like ours ideally seeks a leader who is immersed in the vibrancy of New Haven and its surrounding towns, and who also possesses a deep appreciation and understanding of music, the arts and education. These qualities define Noah.
We began our search for a new Executive Director this June by holding a series of open meetings with NMS staff, faculty, parents, donors and community members to hear what skills and expertise were desired in an ideal Executive Director of NMS. We also solicited nominations from within the school as well as from several key members of the national music school community. Through this process, it became clear that Noah was the ideal candidate to lead our school, based on his extensive experience in community arts education, his roots in New Haven and his inclusive leadership style.
Noah grew up in the City Point, Beaver Hill and Westville areas of New Haven and attended the Educational Center for the Arts. Noah’s first formal music training was in the Early Childhood music program at NMS. He holds a BFA from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School in New York, with additional studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University and graduate work at the Aaron Copland School of Music – Queens College. He is also a graduate of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute.
Noah was the Associate Director at the Church Street School for Music and Art in New York when NMS hired him as the first Director of Programs in 2012. He served as NMS’s Interim Director from June 2014 to May 2015.
From 1992-2012, Noah was based in New York and California working as a professional band leader, jazz trumpeter and music educator. During this time, he shared the stage with Norah Jones, Wayne Escoffery, Jimmy Greene, Roy Dunlap, Ari Ambrose, Jeremy Manasia, Joe Strasser, New Soil, the Village People, Q-Tip and many others, while performing at a wide range of venues ranging from Smalls to the Rainbow Room and the festival circuit.
Noah’s transition from performer to arts leadership was a natural one. He says: “My passion for music education was sparked as a young boy when my grandmother told me stories about the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia which was co-founded by her mother in 1908. The school was deeply focused on providing a safe haven for families, while giving them access to cultural immersion through the arts. Although I went on to have a long career as a performer and teacher, the transition to arts administration was natural for me – seeded through my family heritage. When I returned to New Haven to work at NMS in 2012, the vibrant halls resembled those old family stories and I knew this would be home. NMS is an extraordinary place where people from diverse communities come together to share joyful artistic experiences under one roof. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a talented staff and faculty and there is nowhere else I would rather be.”
Noah is married and has two children who are students at NMS.
Please join us in welcoming Noah to this new role at NMS.