Dr. Noam Faingold, Director of the Conservatory, Composition and Musicianship

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Dr. Noam Faingold has worked all over the world as composer, conductor, performer and educator. Dr. Faingold’s music has been reviewed in the The New York Times, Jazz Times and Downbeat Magazine nationally, the BBC and Finland’s Aamulehti internationally, and the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman locally. Commissions have come from The International Double Reed Society (for oboist Rob Botti of the New York Philharmonic), Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dennis Kim (Concertmaster at Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland), and members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Tulsa Signature Symphony. Dr. Faingold was recently selected to write a new piano trio for Trio Tulsa as the Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association commissioned composer for the year 2016.

 

His compositions have been performed by ensembles, chamber music societies and festivals in New York City, Boston, London, Paris, Sweden, Finland and Argentina among many others. As an orchestrator and arranger, Dr. Faingold’s works have been performed and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road StudiosJacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and the Bartlesville Symphony at the 2010 OK Mozart Festival’s performance of JFJO’s “Ludwig,” the HIFA Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, and the Unknown Tone ambient record label.

 

Dr. Faingold designed and launched the composition curriculum at Tulsa Community College and the Barthelmes Conservatory at the bART Center for Music, where he leads students in preparing their pieces to a professional performance standard. At the bART, he also teaches advanced theory and provides additional strings and ensemble coaching.

 

He has given workshops, guest lectures, masterclasses and conference presentations through the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, Chamber Music Tulsa, New York University, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College and the Midtown School for the Performing Arts in Orchestral Rock performance techniques, traditional and rock chamber music coaching, contemporary American music, Pop music analysis and experimental music. 

 

As a conductor, educator and music coach, Dr. Faingold has worked with students and composers at the Bowdoin, Aspen, Atlantic and i = u festivals, and London’s National Orchestra for All, and taught music analysis, music theory, ear training and music fundamentals as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at King’s College and New York University. In 2013 Noam served as Artistic Director at London’s i = u festival, celebrating improvisation in music and was the orchestral bass fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine.

 

He received his PhD from King’s College London in 2015, attending on a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship, the US’s most generous study grant, which also allowed him to get his Master’s of Music from New York University before moving to London. Dr. Faingold received his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Tulsa, receiving the School of Music’s first Film Scoring minor.

 

Additional music studies have occurred at the Aspen Music Festival, the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, and several years of studying with Samuel Adler at the Freie Universität Berlin, and as the Performing Associate fellow for the composition program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  His composition mentors include Samuel Adler, George Benjamin, Silvina Milstein, Ezequiel Viñao, Roger Price and Joseph Rivers, and other composition faculty from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University.

 

He is currently a member of the Circles and Lines composer collective in NYC and is the composer-in-residence at Tulsa’s Midtown School for the Performing Arts. Dr. Faingold composes, writes and performs with his Burning City Orchestra (BCO). In 2007, the BCO received international attention by placing in the top 20 in the BBC’s “Next Big Thing 2007”competition, which included over 2,000 entries from 88 countries.

 

Dr. Faingold’s “Dark Conscience for two violins was recently recorded by London’s Mainly Two violin duo, and his duo for violin and cello “A Knife in the Water,” can be heard on permanent rotation on classical music radio station WQXR’s Q2 podcast. His Burning City Orchestra is preparing to release its first full-length album this year.

  • Education data on more that 25,000 secondary students reveals that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

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    – Source: Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts,” 1999 Retrieved December 13, 2011 from the NAMM Foundation Web site. [/quote]