Lila D Noonkester

Lila D. Noonkester

Associate Professor of Music
Voice, Theory, Opera Workshop
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music (1988)
M.M., Eastman School of Music (1984)
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1982)

Phone: (864) 388-8348
E-mail: lnoonkes@lander.edu


College: College of Arts & Humanities
Department: Department of Music

BIOGRAPHY
A native Mississippian, soprano LILA NOONKESTER is Associate Professor of Music/Voice and Chair of the Department of Music. She holds the Music Bachelor's (1982) in Applied Voice from the Oberlin College Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the Master's (1984) and Doctorate (1988) in Voice from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was awarded Performer's Certificates in Voice and Opera. Noonkester has performed leading roles in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, and La Finta Giardiniera, Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage. She has appeared in master classes with Eleanor Steber, Joan Dornemann, Sherrill Milnes, and John Wustman, and her teachers include Irene Gubrud, Gerald Crawford, and John Maloy. A Lander faculty member since 1988, Dr. Noonkester teaches Applied Voice, Freshman Theory, Introduction to Music, and directs the Opera Workshop scenes program. Her voice students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top music schools across the country, including Indiana State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Noonkester has acted as Co-Chairman of the Lander Choral Festival and is advisor to Lander's student chapter of the National Association for Music Education. She has participated in the German language program at the Goethe-Institut in Prien, Germany, and has been Co-Leader of Lander University Fine Arts Study Tours to London, Germany, New York, Vienna, Budapest, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Noonkester served on the Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts Series Board for nearly two decades. Her efforts on behalf of GLPA proved instrumental in bringing to the Lander stage such outstanding vocal artists as Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, and Chanticleer. Noonkester currently serves as cantor and soloist at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenwood and acts as Vice President for the Greenwood Music Festival.


CLASSES TAUGHT
Course Num Course Title
MUSI-101 Introduction to Music
MUSI-111 First-Year Theory
MUSI-112 First-Year Theory
MUSI-113 First-Year Theory Applications
MUSI-114 First-Year Theory Applications
MUSI-380 Opera Workshop
MUSI-389 Performance Project
MUSI-490 Music Internship
MUSV-151 Applied Music Voice
MUSV-155 Applied Music Voice
MUSV-351 Applied Music Voice
MUSV-354 Applied Music Voice
MUSV-451 Applied Music Voice
MUSV-455 Applied Music Voice
Applied Music - Voice

CREATIVE WORKS & ACTIVITIES
  • South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing State Auditions, USC-Columbia (Other Creative Activities). March, , 2014.
  • Interim Director of Music (Performance). , South Carolina, Greenwood 2014.
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Regional (MD/D.C., VA, NC, SC) Student Auditions, UNC-Greensboro (Other Creative Activities). , , 2014.
  • Alma Carter Scholarship Auditions sponsored by Easley Piano Teachers Forum (Other Creative Activities). March, South Carolina, Easley 2014.
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Regional (MD/D.C., VA, NC, SC) Student Auditions, Charleston, SC (Other Creative Activities). , , 2013.
  • South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing State Auditions, USC-Columbia (Other Creative Activities). , , 2012.
  • South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing State Auditions, USC-Columbia (Other Creative Activities). , South Carolina, Columbia 2012.
  • South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing State Auditions, USC-Columbia (Other Creative Activities). March, South Carolina, Columbia 2011.
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions, Shenandoah Conservatory (Other Creative Activities). April, Virginia, Winchester 2011.
  • National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting: Roundtable for Small Music Units (Other Creative Activities). November, Arizona, Scottsdale 2011.
  • Festiva Concert Series, First Presbyterian Church (Performance). November, South Carolina, Greenwood 2010.
  • soprano soloist, Ihgemann and Williams' Through the Night (Performance). November, South Carolina, Greenwood 2008.
  • soprano soloist, I will sing new songs from Dvorak's Biblical Songs (Performance). August, South Carolina, Greenwood 2008.
  • soprano/tenor duet, Bach's Ein feste Burg (Performance). October, South Carolina, Greenwood 2007.
  • pianist, full recital by mezzo-soprano Katie Bryant (Performance). October, South Carolina, Greenwood 2007.
  • soprano soloist, Bach's Wachet auf (Performance). September, South Carolina, Greenwood 2007.
  • soprano soloist, I Know that my Redeemer Liveth from Handel's Messiah (Performance). November, South Carolina, Greenwood 2007.
  • soprano soloist, Laitman's I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Performance). March, South Carolina, Columbia 2007.
  • South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing student voice auditions (Other Creative Activities). March, South Carolina, Columbia 2006.