• Beautiful noise in a noisy everydaY

  • performances


    FRI MARCH 1 2019 // Divine: Hope

    G.F. Handel's Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline

    Earl Hall, Columbia University

    2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

    6:00 pm, reserve your seat online here

    In this three-part concert series, we perform music we love exploring the divine. Part one is dedicated to divine hope: an exquisite piece of music mourning the death of a beloved queen, commemorating a grieving nation, and evoking hope for a brighter future.

    FRI APRIL 5 2019 // Divine: Love

    A. Vivaldi's Gloria / J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 10

    Earl Hall, Columbia University

    2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

    6:00 pm, reserve your seat online here

    In this three-part concert series, we perform music we love exploring the divine. Part two is dedicated to divine love and the joy, fear, and ecstasy that accompany it, plain and simple.

    TUES JUNE 4 2019 // Divine: Beauty

    Choral works from the Renaissance and Baroque

    St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University

    1160 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

    12:00 pm (noon), reserve your seat online - keep posted for a link!

    In this three-part concert series, we perform music we love exploring the divine. Part three is a simple noon concert dedicated to divine beauty. We will be performing some of the simplest yet paradoxically intricate expressions of divine beauty from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


    SAT JUL 23 2016 // Vigil Against Violence

    J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 44

    St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church

    239 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

    7:30 pm, free-will donations online and at the door

    Part of concert proceeds will be donated to UNICEF's #ENDviolence

    Amidst the senseless violence of our time, we are holding a vigil to remember victims and providing a space to grieve. Bach's music is beautiful perhaps because of its transposability: its ability to help us work through the dissonances of our lives through the dissonances and doubt he writes into his emotively powerful music.

    SAT SEPT 3 2016 // Suffering Heartbreak

    Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

    Access Theatre Gallery

    380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    8:00 pm: $25 online, $30 in-person.

    Online livestream with suggested donation of $10.

    Love. Lack of commitment. Heartbreak. Sound familiar? We put on an intimate and highly immersive performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, working through our own stories of heartbreak along the way.
  • Our Mission

    Classical music used to be everywhere. Gregorian chant was used to unify Western Europe. Opera was the art form of the masses. Riots erupted over controversial ballets.

    Today, classical music is in crisis: it’s considered obsolete, antiquated, old-fashioned, mainly because it lost its place in our everyday lives.

    Meanwhile, noise is everywhere — maybe even too much at times in this ever noisy city. It’s with us when we sleep, when we wake, and when we do the things that mean most to us.

    The Noise Ensemble (@noiseenyc) celebrates this quality of noise: its ability to enliven our everyday in intimate and deeply meaningful ways. Taking our inspiration from noise, we are trying to share some of the noise - namely, music - that we love, that we find beautiful, and that enlivens our own everyday.


    We believe that doing so will in turn enliven our local communities, integrating classical music back into its rightful place: everywhere.

  • Who We Are

    some of the musicians featured this season

    Daniel McCarthy


    Dan McCarthy's playing has been described as “virtuosic” by Seen and Heard International. He was a part of the first class of baroque violists accepted into the historical performance program at The Juilliard School, and enjoys a varied career that takes him everywhere from Myanmar to England. He has served as section violist with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, concertmaster of the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and tenor gambist with Parthenia. He has toured North America, Asia, and Europe with Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the American Bach Soloists. On the east coast he has played with Artek, Concert Royal, Brooklyn Baroque, Yale Schola Cantorum, and New Vintage Baroque. He is currently engaged with Teatro Nuovo, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Queens Consort, Academy of Sacred Drama, Mt. Sinai Concert Series, Grand Harmonie, and La Fiocco.

    Isabelle Seula Lee


    Hailed for her “marvelous” and “scintillating” performances, Isabelle Seula Lee is a celebrated violinist and a passionate historical performer. She's founding member of New Amsterdam Consort and plays with many distinguished early music ensembles, including New York Baroque Incorporated, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Early Music New York, Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s and Teatro Nuovo.

    As a baroque violin soloist, she toured throughout New Zealand with Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415.


    Lee was born in South Korea and began her musical career in Russia. She made her debut as a concerto soloist at the age of eleven and appeared soloist with the Tele-Radio Symphony Orchestra in Russia, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony, Lynn Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra of Estonia. She has received top prizes from the International Competition of Young Musicians in Tallinn, Estonia, the Schloss Well an der Pram International Violin Competition in Austria, the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, and the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota String Competition. She was awarded full scholarships to study at Lynn University (BA), the Juilliard School (MM), Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma), and most recently completed her second master’s in Historical Performance at the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Elmar Oliveira, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Elizabeth Blumenstock.

    Fiona Gillespie


    Based in Brooklyn, soprano Fiona Gillespie is active as a soloist, professional chorister, and folk musician around the nation. Recently she has appeared with the Academy of Sacred Drama, Skylark Ensemble, Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, Kinnara Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Ensemble VIII, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran, The Reading Symphony Orchestra, Berks Sinfonietta, and The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. Fiona is a founding member of NYC-based folk band, The Chivalrous Crickets, which explores the crossover between English, Celtic, and American folk music and early music, with whom she plays whistle and Irish flute, as well as vocals. This past year Fiona joined members of ACRONYM Ensemble to create a new group, Makaris, which recorded an album of Scottish folk song arranged by composers from the Viennese school to be released Summer 2019. She teaches voice at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

    Robert Warner


    A native of Pennsylvania, Robert began his musical studies at an early age in piano and violin with faculty of Bucknell University. He holds bachelors degrees in both math and music from the University of Rochester, and became interested in the world of early music while exploring the harpsichord and baroque violin at the Eastman School of Music.


    As a graduate student at Stony Brook University, Robert studied harpsichord extensively with Arthur Haas while earning masters degrees in both music history and performance, followed by a DMA in harpsichord performance also at Stony Brook. During this time he gave frequent recitals, acted as assistant director of the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble, and collaborated often with other musicians as a harpsichordist and baroque violinist in chamber music, opera and orchestral performances.


    Upon graduating from Stony Brook, Robert was accepted into the Juilliard School's prestigious Historical Performance program with a full scholarship, continuing his harpsichord studies with Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr and Beatrice Martin. During his two years at Juilliard he participated in projects led by William Christie, Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki and other leading figures in the field of early music with frequent performances in New York City's Alice Tully Hall and international tours to the Netherlands and New Zealand. On top of his activities as a harpsichordist, Robert appeared on baroque viola in many Juilliard concerts as well.


    Outside of school, Robert has participated in most of the country's top early music summer festivals, including the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco and the Oregon Bach Festival's Berwick Academy. He has also been selected to participate in harpsichord masterclasses with Davitt Moroney, Trevor Pinnock and others. Robert now resides in New York City where he continues to be an active performer. He is currently the artistic director and harpsichordist of the New Amsterdam Consort as well as the harpsichordist for Voyage Sonique.

    Kevin Lee

    Artistic Director

    Lauded for his "moving and energetic" performances and his "caring, guiding hand," conductor and violinist Kevin Lee started his first ensemble at age 16: an orchestra and choir of twenty volunteer musicians from around the Pacific Northwest, which raised thousands of dollars for local charitable organizations and which received extensive local and press attention (including a front-page article in the Seattle Times). Since then, he has stressed the need for the arts to engage local communities as a method by which to express their continuing relevance to the twenty-first century.


    In order to achieve this, Kevin has made a habit of founding and building dynamic classical music ensembles from the ground up, such as the Noise Ensemble. He has collaborated with members of these ensembles to put on deeply meaningful experiences for audiences on both the East and West coasts, including an immersive performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in a Soho-based theater, an intimate vigil for victims of violence with work by JS Bach, and a benefit concert for a local charity in Seattle with works by Elgar, Saint-Saens, and Dvorak. Kevin was also the Artistic Director of the Columbia University Bach Society from 2013 to 2018, where he led extensive turnaround efforts to reassert the ensemble's importance to university life and its surrounding communities. Notably, he instituted a masterworks series focusing on works from the early Western canon (e.g., Bach's B Minor Mass, Mozart's Requiem, and Vivaldi's Gloria), began an annual tradition of performing fully-staged operas (e.g., Mozart's Magic Flute), dramatically expanded the size and morale of the ensemble, invited leading intellectuals at the university for a new lecture-concert series, and maintained a well-received artistic residency at St. Paul's Chapel.


    For his efforts, Kevin has been recognized by local charitable organizations; been featured on local television news, print media, and online blogs; received a public broadcasting feature televised across the United States; and has been invited to give talks on music's place in society. Kevin received undergraduate degrees in musicology and economics from Columbia University, where he studied conducting with Jeffrey Milarsky. He is currently earning his PhD at New York University.

    Michael St Peter


    American tenor Michael St. Peter is an emerging young artist based in New York City. He is recognized as a performer whose, “…attention to detail both emotionally and
    musically was profound” (Opera Wire). Previous roles performed include Le petit
    vieillard (L’Enfant et les sortilèges) and Mercurio (La Calisto) with Juilliard Opera,
    Lurcanio (Ariodante), Monostatos (Der Zauberflöte), Peter Quint (The Turn of the
    Screw) at the Chautauqua Institution School of Music, as well as Le Prince in Nicolo
    Isouard’s Cendrillon with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre. Previous awards include two Encouragements from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Competition (2017/2018) and Second Prize at the 2018 McCammon Voice Competition
    in Fort Worth Texas. Last year, Michael was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and made his Carnegie Hall debut with The Cecilia Chorus of New York as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah. This spring, he will be making his professional
    operatic debut as Don Ottavio in Tulsa Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.

    Ana Kim


    Ana Kim first studied Baroque cello in 2010 with Bill Skeen at USC for 3 years, also participating in the USC Baroque ensemble. In 2015, she met Phoebe Carrai and attended Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. She is now studying in the Historical Performance program with Phoebe Carrai at the Juilliard School. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed at the Larzac, Manchester, and Utah Chamber Music Festivals and has participated in various festivals including American Bach Soloists, Music@ Menlo, Yellow Barn, Verbier Academy, Perlman Music Program and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. She has studied with pedagogues János Starker, Lluis Claret, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Laurence Lesser. Recently, she has been teaching at Pacific Union College as Adjunct Faculty.

    Iphigenia Seong

    Director of Programs

    Iphigenia Seong is excited about projects that bring together people — artists, audience, community — to make meaningful impact. She brings a rich and varied set of experiences to her role as Director of Programs at the Noise Ensemble, having worked in both management and performance capacities at cultural institutions across the United States. As a music administrator, she has worked at the La Jolla Music Society and at Dispeker Artists. She has also worked in administrative roles in art galleries and museums on both the East and West coasts, including at WhiteBox, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


    Trained as a violist, Iphigenia studied musical performance and musicology at the University of California, Irvine and Columbia University, where she was an active part of these universities' musical life. She has long harbored an interest in contemporary music and art of East Asia and has been researching the musicological impact of Korean artist Nam June Paik’s video works.

    Emily Hush


    Emily Hush is thrilled to be joining the Noise Ensemble for their 2019 season. Emily sang first soprano in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Montreal, Canada, under the direction of Patrick Wedd, and as a choir member and soloist of the Bach Society of Columbia University. She received a Bachelor’s of Music Performance in French Horn from McGill University in 2011, where she studied with Jean Goudreault. Emily was a founding member of the Qatcor French Horn Quartet and a teacher at Jeunesses Musicales. She is also a trained pianist and performed solo concerts in retirement homes in Ontario and Quebec from 2006-2015, specializing in hits from the 1920s to 1940s.


    Emily obtained her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2018. Emily is currently an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and spends her free time practicing preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier, dancing salsa, learning Spanish and Portuguese, and reading novels with her cat, Igloo.

    Toma Iliev


    Toma Iliev is a violinist focused on historically informed performance. Holder of The Charles and Ruth Poindexter Chair with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, recent engagements include performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Clarion Music Society, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, Valley of the Moon Music Festival as well as broadcasts on Performance Today, MediciTV, and BBC3 radio.


    An avid chamber musician, Toma is a member of the Renaissance ensemble Sonnambula, who hold the position of 2018-19 Ensemble in Residence of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Toma was the winner of the 2014 Christa Bach-Marschall Foundation Prize from the Leipzig International Bach Competition, and was the winner of the 2013 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition.


    A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Toma discovered his passion for music at an early age. Beginning his studies at the National Music School in Sofia, he later received his bachelor and master of music degrees at Indiana University where he studied with Kevork Madriossian and Stanley Ritchie, and received his graduate diploma from the Juilliard School, where he was a member of the highly selective historical performance program.


    In addition to performing on baroque and classical violin, his versatility has led him to solo and chamber performances on baroque and classical viola, viola d'amore, and tenor viol, and modern engagements with such ensembles as San Francisco-based conductorless chamber orchestra One Found Sound. Having learned from inspirational figures such as Stanley Ritchie, Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, Nigel North, Jordi Savall, Robert Levin, Richard Egarr and others, Toma is focused on bringing the evolving principles of the HIP movement to each performance as well as to music beyond the baroque and classical repertoire.

    Brian Mummert


    A charismatic and versatile musician, baritone & conductor Brian Mummert adapts readily to a wide variety of musical genres and eras. He has appeared as a soloist at the American Bach Soloists and Tafelmusik Summer Festivals, with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and singing music of Vaughan Williams with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has directed vocal ensembles in venues spanning six continents.


    Brian's operatic roles include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Mother in Kurt Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Apollo in both Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Charpentier's Orphée, in addition to a broad oratorio & song repertoire. His ensemble affiliations as a singer have included the Yale Choral Artists, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New York Choral Artists, The Thirteen, and Bard Summerscape; he can be heard on recent releases of The Thirteen, De Profundis, the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine, and indie folk band Echo Bloom.


    Brian is the founder and musical director of The New Consort, a professional solo-voice ensemble dedicated to the juxtaposition of music from diverse repertoires and winners of the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music. He has additionally served as Graduate Assistant Conductor to both the Choir of Gonville and Caius under Geoffrey Webber and the Cambridge University Chamber Choir with Tim Brown.


    Brian holds a B.A. in Music from Yale, where he served as the musical director of the Whiffenpoofs, and an M.M. in Voice at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He recently completed a second M.Mus degree with Distinction in Choral Studies at the University of Cambridge, Trinity College.

    Lily Manshel


    New York native Lily Manshel is a mezzo-soprano specializing in historical performance. She holds an MA in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing from the University of York, where she studied under Robert Hollingworth and performed in masterclasses with I Fagiolini and Emma Kirkby. This is her third collaboration with music director Kevin Lee - she previously performed in the DaPonte Soloist’s Vigil against Violence and sang the role of False Mercury in Dido and Aeneas. She is a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Church of St. Agnes in Midtown, as well as singing with Polyhymnia, an ensemble dedicated to performing sacred repertoire of the Renaissance.

  • We rely on the generous support of people like you!

    All of the support we receive will be used to ensure that we can continue to carry out our mission: to share the music we love with people that we love. As a small and relatively new ensemble, our efforts are heavily reliant on the generosity of supporters like you. All donors will be recognized on our website and in our programs as investing in the future of our ensemble and the future of music more broadly. We are deeply grateful for any support - big or small - that you can provide today!


    We would also like to deeply thank our current supporters!


    Elysian Fields Cafe


    Jack's Art Gallery

    University Hardware/Housewares and Bob Fendell

    Tea Magic and Stanley Chang

    V&T Restaurant & Pizzeria

    Ivy League Stationers

    The Shoe Tree

    Anna Viemeister, professional mezzo-soprano

    Richard Leong