Noa Even is a Cleveland-based saxophonist dedicated to sparking deeper interest in the arts of today through the performance of contemporary music. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, a non-profit organization aimed at strengthening the artistic engagement of the Northeast Ohio community by championing the creation and performance of new music.
Patchwork, Noa’s saxophone and drum set duo, collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. They have teamed up with Eric Wubbels, Charlie Wilmoth, Osnat Netzer, and Ruby Fulton, among others. Notable performances include Omaha Under the Radar, Frequency Series, Bowling Green New Music Festival, and NEOSonicFest. In 2017, they were awarded a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute to collaborate with composer Hong-Da Chin.
Noa won 3rd place at the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in 2011 where she performed as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, she soloed with the BG Philharmonia as winner of Bowling Green State University’s Concerto Competition. Noa placed in the 2009 MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions in the woodwind category.
As a guest lecturer and clinician, Noa has presented dozens of master classes and clinics at schools across the country and abroad, including Israel Conservatory (Tel Aviv), Western University (Ontario), Ball State University, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Shaker Heights High School (OH). She served as sabbatical replacement at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2017.
Noa is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Kent State University. She holds a DMA in contemporary music from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in performance and music education from Northwestern University. Additional studies include the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, where she studied with Jean-Michel Goury. Her other primary instructors were John Sampen, Debra Richtmeyer, and Fred Hemke.
Noa is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.