Noel Wan

Noël Wan wins 2021 Orford Music Award Second Prize

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Alumna Noël Wan won Second Prize in the 2021 Orford Music Awards held in Quebec, Canada this August. She also was the semi-finals Audience Award winner. Her program featured her own transcriptions of demanding works by J.S. Bach and Leo Brouwer as well as Alexina Louie’s From the Eastern Gate, chosen "especially to represent shared identities as diasporic Asian women." 

Noël is a double alumna of Illinois, receiving her BMus as a Bronze Tablet and Edmund J. James Scholar with highest honors in 2014 and her DMA as a Distinguished Fellow in 2019. As a scholar, she has written and presented on topics of performance practice, ecocriticism, affect theory, new materialism, feminism, and race.

Since 2020, she has been the Assistant Professor of Harp at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in Canada.

Read more about Noël. 

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