Noël Wan is the Gold Medalist of the 2022 USA International Harp Competition, one of the two most prestigious international harp competitions in the world and held only every three years. She also was awarded the prize for the best performance of the new work in Stage III of the four-round competition held over nine days. The 12th edition brought together 44 contestants from 20 countries in July 2022. Her programming 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.
She joined the Florida State University College of Music in August 2022 as Assistant Professor of Harp and Entrepreneurship.