Voice Department

Timothy Noble

Distinguished Professor of Music (Voice)

Noble, Timothy


Contact Information:

East Studio Building, JS205



  • M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1981
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Indiana University, 1977

Baritone Timothy Noble, distinguished professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has enjoyed an international vocal career spanning more than 50 years.

He has performed more than 50 leading roles in major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Fenice in Venice, Netherlands Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival. He has sung in four world premieres, including Philip Glass’s The Voyage for the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed as baritone soloist with the London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Cincinnati Symphony, to name a few, and has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Ravinia Festival. His operatic/concert collaborations include some of the great maestros of the last half century, such as James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, and Nello Santi.

Noble toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians for seven years as soloist, arranger, rehearsal conductor, and percussionist. He appeared on Broadway in the 1972 production of The Selling of the President and on numerous television shows, including Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas. He received a Grammy nomination for his performance of Harold Hill on the Telarc recording of The Music Man. His other recordings include Regina and Simply Cole.

He completed a 20-year project of writing the music and lyrics for his first musical, Alamo, which premiered at a public workshop performance at Indiana University in the spring of 2012 and will hopefully be headed to Broadway in the not-too-distant future.

In the fall of 2015, Noble began his seventeenth year at the Jacobs School of Music, where he was elevated in rank from full professor to distinguished professor of music in 2004. He presently serves as vocal trainer for the Canadian Opera Company and is in high demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout North America. During the summer of 2014, he taught in Sulmona, Italy, for the COSI Program, The Torggler Institute in Newport News, the Banff Music Centre, and the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. In the fall of 2015, he returns to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and the Canadian Opera Company as vocal trainer.

Noble’s students have won the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions at the district, regional, semi-final, and grand final levels, the Palm Beach Competition, George London Competition, Liederkranz Competition, Bel Canto Competition, Orpheus Competition, and Matinee Musicale. During the summer of 2009, his student Jordan Bisch, won second prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia International Competition. His student Michael Brandenburg was a winner of the MONC Finals at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 and the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago. Both have gone on to successful careers.

Noble’s students hold or have held positions with virtually every young artist program in North America, and many of his students have gone on to appear in major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Central City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Berlin Staadtsoper, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Canadian Opera, Zurich Opera, Cologne Opera, and Opera Omaha. In addition to the above, several of his students have gone on to become voice teachers, vocal pedagogues, and educators at the collegiate level, and to positions in arts administration.