Noah joined NMS in the fall of 2012 as the first ever Director of Programs. From June 2014 through May 2015, he served as the Interim Executive Director, stabilizing the institution during a critical time of transition. Before joining NMS, he spent seven years at Church Street School for Music and Art, in TriBeca, where his responsibilities grew from trumpet teacher to Associate Director. Prior to that he worked as an educator and performer, appearing with many great artists including Norah Jones, Ian Hendrickson-Smith and Wayne Escoffery.
Noah’s passion for music education began at a young age after hearing numerous stories about Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School, which was co-founded by his great grandmother. He began his musical journey in the late 1970s as a student at NMS. As a teacher, his approach is informed by the lessons he learned from his foremost teachers including: Vince Penzarella (NY Philharmonic), Bill Fielder (“Prof”) and David Krauss (NY Metropolitan Opera). As an administrator, his approach is informed by the listening and collaboration skills he refined on the bandstand as a performing jazz musician and lessons learned from his mentor, Dr. Lisa Ecklund-Flores. He received a B.M. from the New School University - Jazz and Contemporary Music program and did additional studies at Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He is a proud graduate of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI).