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Jeffrey Noonan

Music History & Literature, Applied Classical Guitar
Office: Seminary  258B

Dr. Jeffrey Noonan, Professor of Music: A.B., University of Notre Dame; B.Mus., Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford; M.Mus. and Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis.  Since coming to Southeast in 1999, musicologist Jeffrey Noonan has taught upper-level music literature and history courses, including courses in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music as well as classes in American music and world musics. In addition to directing the Classical Guitar area at Southeast, Dr. Noonan performs Renaissance and Baroque music on lute, theorbo, and early guitars with Early Music St. Louis, Shakespear’s Bande, the Kingsbury Ensemble, and Collegium Vocale St. Louis.  His regional performances include concerts in the Dallas area with the McKinney Kammergild, in Louisville with Bourbon Baroque, in Kansas City with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium and in Chicago with Ars Antigua. Recent performances include Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at the University of Wisconsin and in Kansas City at the UMKC Conservatory and operas and oratorios by Handel in Louisville and Kansas City. Dr. Noonan works regularly with countertenor Jay Carter and the duo has performed lute song recitals across the Midwest. He appears on podcast recordings for Ars Antigua of Chicago and on the Dorian Sonus label with Musika Ekklesia. He has founded and/or directed several early music ensembles including Musicke’s Cordes and St. Louis Baroque.  

Professor Noonan’s research activities range from the 17th to the 20th centuries and from art music to the popular. His book, The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age, was released in 2008 by the University Press of Mississippi as part of its “American Made Music Series.”   His bibliography, The Guitar in Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Periodicals, 1882-1933, appeared in 2009 as part of the Music Library Association’s Index and Bibliography Series published with A-R Editions. Dr. Noonan has also published articles and reviews in High Performance, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Soundboard, and online at NYlon Review. He has read papers on the subject of the classical guitar in America at conferences across the country, including presentations for the Society of American Music, the American Musical Instrument Society, and Music in Gotham (CUNY). Dr. Noonan regularly creates performing editions of Renaissance and Baroque music for the various ensembles with which he performs and his edition of eighteenth-century trio sonatas by Giovanni Bononcini will appear shortly from A-R Editions as part of its “Recent Researches in Music of the Baroque” series. In 2003 and 2008, Southeast’s College of Liberal Arts presented Professor Noonan its annual award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity.

With more than thirty years of teaching experience in the studio and the classroom, Dr. Noonan is a well-respected teacher both on and off campus. Many of his former students hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities and are successful professional performers and teachers. His recent guitar students from Southeast have been accepted into graduate programs at schools across the country, including the Peabody Conservatory, Northwestern University School of Music, University of Nevada—Las Vegas and the California Institute of the Arts. Additionally, in recent years students from Southeast’s Music Department have enrolled in graduate programs in musicology or ethnomusicology at Washington University in St. Louis, Bowling Green State University and the University of Louisville.

Professor Noonan has considerable experience in professional and university theater, having been music director of Holy Roman Repertoire Company for eight years and its artistic director for two.  Additionally, he has composed and performed music for a wide variety of dramatic works ranging from Arisotophones’ Lysistrata to David Hare’s Teeth ‘n’ Smiles.  He has served as music director for numerous Shakespeare productions as well as plays by Moliere, Machievelli and Sor Juana de la Cruz. His recent theatrical activities include directing the Southeast Music Academy’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde and composing music for productions of Berthold Brecht’s Good Woman of Sechzuan and Mother Courage.

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Office phone: (573) 651-2706