Weston Noble

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Weston Noble (born 1922) is a highly accomplished and honored American music educator and conductor.

Currently Professor Emeritus of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is best known for his 57-year tenure as conductor of Luther's Nordic Choir from 1948 to 2005 and Concert Band from 1948 to 1973. He has also served as guest director for over 800 music festivals in all three media—choral, orchestral and wind—spanning four continents.

Following retirement from Luther, he was artist-in-residence at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he taught in the music department and conducted the Carthage Choir. He went on to serve a similar position as visiting professor of music and interim conductor of the Wartburg Choir at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

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Early life and education

Weston Henry Noble (b. 1922) was born and raised on a farm located just west of Riceville, Iowa to parents of English ancestry. Later, he was confirmed in the Free Methodist Church and received his early education in a country one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade, afterward attending the local Riceville High School. Like many young Iowans with an interest in music at that time, Noble played in the high school band, sang in the choir, and played clarinet solos at state music contest. He first demonstrated his talents when taking piano lessons at the urging of his paternal aunt, Ruby (Noble) Dunton, and came to master the clarinet, organ, and piano as well.

Though he...
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