Tuba Bach’s 2019 Composer and Artist in Residence Noah Mallett has managed to pack in an awful lot of music in his seventeen years. Since making his on-stage debut at the age of six alongside renowned big band drummer Bernie Dresel, Noah has developed a national reputation as both performer and composer. In addition to frequent Tuba Bach appearances, Noah’s local music activities include his position as organist at the 3rd Avenue Methodist Church in Big Rapids, Ferris State University’s Summer band, Crossroads Charter Academy bands, and with community theater group STAGE-M. Of these local opportunities Noah says, “I am forever indebted to them for enriching, immersing, and teaching my musical self.”
Noah has also been a member of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony since 2014, and a member of the Brevard (NC) Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Winds for the past three summers. As a percussionist, Noah has studied in lessons and masterclasses with Gwendolyn Dease, Kramer Milan, David Hall, Michael Burritt, Fernando Chaib, Pius Cheung, David Fishlock, Ji Hye Jung, Theodor Milkov, Gerald Noble, Michael Rosen, Charles Ross, Gordon Stout, Jack Van Geem, Robert Van Sice, Lee Vinson, Laurent Warnier, Nancy Zeltsman, Xi (Rachael) Zhang, Jackeline Rago and Manuel Alejandro Rangel. In addition to presenting annual solo recitals since 2016, Noah has performed concertos with the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony (both at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids and as a concerto winner at the 2017 and 2019 Michigan Youth Arts Festivals in Kalamazoo), the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, and the Brevard Faculty Orchestra, and has been featured on WQXR’s (NY) Young Artist Showcase. As a composer, Noah’s works have been performed by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, the Harlem Quartet, Venezuelan flute virtuoso Marco Granados and the Tuba Bach Quartet, among others. He was the Michigan Music Education Association’s featured composer at the 2018 Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and was a merit winner in Classical Music Composition in the 2017 National Young Arts competition.
Noah looks forward to continuing his musical studies pursuing dual degrees in performance and composition at Michigan State University in the fall. Of his music Noah says, “As a general rule, art serves the overall purpose of eliciting intellectual or emotional response from an audience. Painting and sculpture entertain the eye, fine wines do likewise for the tongue and nose, and music for the ears. All art should be conceived of and delivered with audience in mind, because it is the beholders who assign meaning and value to the creation, not the creator. Therefore, it is my desire as an artist to provide suitable material for appropriate public musing and enjoyment. Performance and composition will be part of my professional life most definitely, but exactly how? God only knows!”