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Seth Kohlhaas

Concert Coordinator

Paula Melton

Community Outreach


Henry Nicolaides

Piano Technician

Gary Griffith

Recording Engineer

Betty Johnson

Office Administrator

Dr. Barbara Noyes

Collaborative Pianist

Dr. Barbara (Barbie) Noyes of Golden, Colorado is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and teacher. Dr. Noyes is an experienced and versatile collaborator with significant instrumental as well as vocal accompanying experience. She completed both her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied with Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nguyen. She previously earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Willamette University where she studied composition with John Peel as well as piano and chamber music with Anita King. An avid language-learner, Dr. Noyes pursued French language and cinema studies in Paris at the Sorbonne Université and Institut Catholique.

Dr. Noyes has performed for a wide variety of master pedagogues including Anne Epperson, Jonathan Feldman, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Edgar Meyer, Richie Hawley, Julie Landsman, and Alan Stepansky. She has participated as a fellow in numerous summer festivals including Music Academy of the WestAspen Music Festival and School, Saarburg International Festival and School, the Collaborative Piano Institute, and IRCAM’s ManiFeste academy for composers. In 2018 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with oboist Kristen Weber. An ardent lover of modern masterpieces, Dr. Noyes recorded an album of André Previn’s music for voice and piano duo, bringing to the concert hall Previn’s unheralded art song library.

She currently holds the position of collaborative pianist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.