Weston Noble

Weston Noble

A graduate of Luther College, Weston Noble has been involved in music since early childhood. In addition to his musical studies at Luther, he also served as student director for Handel's Messiah. After serving in the army during World War II, he taught music at the high school in LuVerne, Iowa. In 1948, he returned to Luther to direct the Concert Band and Nordic Choir. Under his direction, both organizations flourished. During the summer months Mr. Noble attended graduate school in Michigan, earning his advanced degree. While at Luther, he also helped develop the Dorian Music Festival.

He has served as a highly sought-after adjudicator and guest conductor, festival director and clinician since 1949. He has conducted all-state groups in band, choir and orchestra in more than 800 appearances over the years.

In addition to honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana College in South Dakota, St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in New Jersey, Weston Noble was the first person named Outstanding Music Educator of the United States by the National Federation of State High School Associations. He received the Citation of Merit Award from the University of Michigan School of Music Alumni and in 1994 was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for lifetime achievement from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. He retired in 2005 after teaching 57 years at Luther College.

He was named conductor-in-residence of the Carthage Choir at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the 2007-2008 school year. "This is an exhilarating opportunity for our students, and for the entire Carthage community," said James Ripley, Music Department Chair. "When Michael [Burkhardt] told me he was taking a full-time position with his music publisher, I stopped to think about who would be the one person I'd like to have work with our students. There was really only one name that came to mind, that of Weston Noble. There is no one more well respected and loved in the choral music world, than Weston. His legacy as a musician is almost beyond compare, but the most exciting thing for me is that he will be able to help shape our Carthage students' lives in a very special way."

Weston was appointed by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa to temporarily serve Wartburg during Dr. Paul A. Torkelson’s one-year absence during the 2008-2009 school year. He con­ducted the famous Wartburg Choir and Ritterchor in the fall of 2008 and worked with the Wartburg music department faculty in coordinating "Christ­mas at Wartburg."  

After a successful year at Wartburg, Weston returned to Luther College in the fall of 2009 to continue his life work promoting Luther in its Development Office.  He continues to conduct choral workshops throughout the world including a December 2010 performance of Handel's "Messiah" in South Korea  for the Camarata Music Company.

Mr. Noble served as the interim choral director for Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.) for the 2011-2012 school year.  He returned from Sioux Falls to continue his work in the development office at Luther College.

Weston Noble was inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

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