Jason Noble

PhD Candidate in Composition
Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Areas of Interest:
Music Semiotics ▪ Topic Theory ▪ Philosophy of Music ▪ Sound Mass Composition and Perception ▪ Perception of Musical Time


--- McGill University, 2011-present
    -- Co-supervised by Professor Stephen McAdams and Professor Chris Paul Harman
    -- Recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC)
    -- Graduate Excellence Fellowship, Schulich School of Music
    -- First Place, Dean’s Essay Prize

--- MMus in Composition, Western University, 2010
    -- Recipient of SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
    -- Recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    -- Western Graduate Research Scholarship
    -- George Proctor Memorial Award
    -- Thesis Composition: The Trial of Socrates (concerto for violin and orchestra)
    -- Supervised by Professor Omar Daniel

--- BMus (hons) in Theory and Composition, BA (hons) in Philosophy. Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2005
    -- Honours Essay: Peirce’s Semiotic and the Meaning of Music
    -- Recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    -- Supervised by Professor James Bradley


Professional Experience

--- Cofounder and Treasurer of Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, 2011 - present
--- Examiner, Conservatory Canada 2010 - present
--- Teaching Assistant for Theory and Analysis II (MUTH 151) Winter 2012
--- Teaching Assistant for Theory and Analysis I (MUTH 150) Fall 2011


Guest Lectures and Congress Contributions

Noble, J. & S. McAdams. "Perception and Cognition in Contemporary Music." Conference Panel. Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA), August 2015.

Noble, J. & S. McAdams. "Sound Mass as Conceptual Blend: Auditory Scene Analysis, Cognitive Semiotics, and the Semantic Dimensions of Perceptual Fusion." Music and Meaning Research Symposium, University of Florida (Gainesville, USA), March 2015.

Noble, J. Delivered guest lecture on sound mass in the music of Penderecki and Lutoslawski. McGill University, Montreal QC January 2015.

Noble, J. "Reconsidering Musical Timelessness: Semiotic Time in Grisey’s Vortex Temporum and Messiaen’s Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps." Gérard Grisey, the Spectral Moment and its Legacy, Université de Montréal and McGill University (Montreal, CAN), October 2014.

Noble, J., C. Douglas and S. McAdams. "Sound Mass and Auditory Streaming: A Perceptual Study of Ligeti’s Continuum." International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Yonsei University (Seoul, SK), August 2014.

Noble, J., C. Douglas and S. McAdams. "Attack Frequency Threshold of Sound-Mass Fusion Not an Absolute Value." Poster Session. BKN25: Milestones in Music Cognition, McGill University (Montreal, CAN), July 2014.

Noble, J., C. Douglas and S. McAdams. "Sound Mass and Auditory Streaming." Ligeti Symposium and Festival, Florida State University (Tallahassee, USA), October 2013.

Noble, J., C. Douglas and S. McAdams. “Sound Mass and Auditory Streaming: A Perceptual Study of Ligeti’s Continuum.” Guest lecture presented at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, May 2013.

Noble, J., C. Douglas and S. McAdams. “Perspective and Synthesis in Sound Mass Perception.” Presented in Music Perception and Cognition Lab Student Colloquium, McGill University, December 2012.

Noble, J. and C. Beynon. “Crisis and Curriculum: A Philosophical Examination of Recent Literature on Male Choral Singing.” Presented in third annual meeting of Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing project (SSHRC), St. John’s NL July 2011.

Noble, J. “Mirrors in the Halls of History, Windows to Other Realities: Truth, Art, Adorno.” Presented in Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music Colloquium Series, May 2011.


Composition Residencies

--- Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, Bathurst NB 2015
    -- Composed Epilogue (orch, sop, bar). To be premiered May, 2015. McGill Wind Symphony, Montreal QC, 2014 - present

--- Trombone Concerto to be premiered in 2016 with Pete Sullivan (trombone)
    -- Opera2Go, Subdury ON, 2013 – present
    -- Composer and music director of The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green: The Opera, premiered February 2015, as well as forthcoming opera Oka

---  Edge Island Festival for Choirs and Composers, St. John’s NL, March 2014
    -- Composed Down By Jim Long’s Stage (after book by Al Pittman) for Newman Sound Men’s Choir, spoke at premiere, led workshops with choir and at local high schools

---  Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sudbury ON, April 2013
    -- Composed à travers la fenêtre dans le ciel, rehearsed with orchestra, spoke at premiere, gave workshops in schools, media interviews and outreach presentations

---  McGill Percussion Ensemble, Montreal QC, 2012 – 2013
    -- Composed Amnesia and the Progress Fallacy and rehearsed with ensemble for premiere

---  Esprit Orchestra New Wave Composers Festival, Toronto ON, May 2010
    -- Assistant to composer Omar Daniel. Led workshop series with junior high class, culminating in the composition of an orchestral piece that was premiered by Esprit

--- Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers Association, 2009 & 2008


Composition Awards and Grants

--- Ontario Arts Council Opera Projects Grant, 2014
   -- For commissioning, gala premiere and tour of my children’s opera The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green, produced by Opera2Go, February 2015
--- Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award: Senior Composition, 2013
   -- Award for la fenêtre dans le ciel (piano)
--- Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Competition, 2011
   -- Second Prize for The Fog (SSAA, piano)
--- Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award: Senior Composition, 2010
   -- Award for The Flood (baritone, piano)
--- Halifax Camerata Chamber Singers Young Composer Competition, 2009
   -- Honourable Mention for Even As We Fail to Understand (SATB)
--- Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 2008
   -- Funding to record music and narration of children’s audio book "The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green"



"Auditory Scene Analysis and the Perception of Sound Mass in Ligeti’s Continuum." Co-authors: Chelsea Douglas and Stephen McAdams. Music Perception Bregman-Krumhansl-Narmour 25 Special Edition, September 2015 (forthcoming).

"Reconsidering Musical Timelessness: Semiotic Time in Grisey’s Vortex Temporum and Messiaen’s Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps." (under review by Perspectives of New Music).

"Directions of Choral Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century." Co-author: Carol Beynon. (book chapter under review for inclusion in the proceedings of Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing).

c. 50 arrangements in the Royal Conservatory of Music Celebration Series (various instruments). The Frederick Harris Music Company Ltd, 2013 – 2014.

The Sky is Always Young. Commissioned by Lady Cove Women’s Choir (Kellie Walsh, director); Published recording on Heart’s Desire CD, Lady Cove 2013.

“Shipwreck”; “The Stone Cathedral”; “The Enchanted Wood” (piano). In Northern Lights: Canadian National Conservatory of Music Level 8A and 8B Repertoire. Mayfair Music Publications Inc., 2012, 2013.

Doppelpolitik (wind ensemble). Dr. Colleen Richardson and UWOWE; 5 performances in St. Catharines, Brampton, Niagara Falls and UWO.  Published recording on Apparitions CD, Albany Records 2012. www.albanyrecords.com

A Very Small Something (fl, cl, bsn, pno, perc, narr). Commissioned by author David Hickey to accompany children’s book of the same name.  Recording available at: http://averysmallsomething.com

Sunny Skies and Dragonflies: Late Beginner – Early Intermediate Piano Solos. Composed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers Association. Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company Ltd, 2011. www.frederickharrismusic.com

The Stupendous Adventures of Gregory Green (fl, cl, sax, tpt, tbn, euph, pno, 2 perc, narr) Illustrated children’s story book with CD of instrumental music, featuring narration by Gordon Pinsent. Boulder Publications, 2009.  Recorded with funding from a Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Professional Project Grant, 2008. www.boulderpublications.ca


Selected Commissions

Piece for Guitar and Electronics (title TBA), in progress. Steve Cowan. Premiere in Sound Symposium, St. John’s NL, 2016 (forthcoming).

La nuagérie (pno), in progress. James Hurley. Performances in Montréal, Vienna, and Germany, 2015 - 16 (forthcoming).

Corpus Christi, 2015. Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Patrick Wedd, dir.). Premiered in Montréal QC, April 2015.

Missa Remissiónem Peccatorum, 2014. Pro Coro Canada (Michael Zaugg, dir.). Premiered in Edmonton AB, Nov 2014.

Nocturne (text by Dennis Venditti), 2014. Nova Voce Men’s Choir (Bill Perrot, dir.). Premiered at Podium, Halifax NS, May 2014.

The Shadows Flee Away (mixed voice chorus), 2013. Commissioned by Pro Coro (Michael Zaugg, conductor), premiered May 2013.

à travers la fenêtre dans le ciel (orchestra), 2013. Commissioned by the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Victor Sawa, conductor) for performance in April 2013.

Amnesia and the Progress Fallacy (soprano, 6 percussion, piano). Commissioned by McGill Percussion Ensemble (Fabrice Marandola and Aiyun Huang, directors), premiered April 2013.

la fenêtre dans le ciel (piano), 2012. Commissioned by James Hurley for performance in St. John’s, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and Montreal in 2013.

en abyme (12-voice treble choir), 2012. Commissioned by Vivace Singers (Angela Warren, conductor) for performance in St. John’s and New York, 2014.

How I Wonder (treble choir with soloists and percussion), 2012. Commissioned by Cantare Singers (Angela Warren, conductor) for performance in St. John’s and New York, 2014.

Beaumont Hamel (treble choir), 2010. Commissioned by Shallaway: Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus (Kellie Walsh, conductor). Performed in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada in 2011. Broadcast on CBC national television, Remembrance Day Service, 2011.

drill, baby, drill (bassoon, piano), 2010. Commissioned by Eric Mohr, premiered at UWO graduation recital, 2011.

Waves (adult male choir, adolescent male choir, boy choir and piano), 2009. Commissioned by Amabile Choirs of London, performed 3 times during 2009 – 2010 concert series.  Also performed by Nova Voce men’s choir in Halifax and Italy, 2012.

Prelude and Fugue (piano), 2008. Commissioned by James Hurley, performed at Memorial University of Newfoundland, August 2008.

The Sky is Always Young (women’s Choir and piano), 2007. Commissioned by Lady Cove Women’s Choir; numerous performances including Argentina 2011. Broadcast on CBC National Radio, 2010.

Intimité (men’s choir), 2006. Commissioned by Newman Sound, performed on CBC National Radio in the Competition for Amateur Choirs.

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