Noah Godard is a 19 year-old composer from Moorpark, California. He is currently pursuing a BM in composition at the Juilliard School, studying with Matthias Pintscher.
In Los Angeles, Noah studied composition with Brett Banducci and was an LA Phil Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellow for three years. Through this program, he studied with Andrew Norman, Sarah Gibson, and Thomas Kotcheff, and had works premiered by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Southeast Symphony, Sandbox Percussion, and the Lyris Quartet. Noah has also taken part in programs such as the MATA Jr. Festival, Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program, Sunset Chamberfest Young Composers’ Workshop, and New Music on the Bluff. He has been named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards five times, was given an Honorable Mention in the 2020 NextNotes High School Music Creator Awards, and was a 2021 YoungArts Finalist in music composition.
In addition to composition, Noah has studied oboe with Jason Kennedy and jazz piano with Matt Harris. He has been awarded scholarships to the Idyllwild Arts Summer Wind Ensemble Intensive, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Stanford Jazz Institute. He has also played both oboe and piano in Ventura County, Southern California, and California All-State honor bands.
When he’s not playing or composing music, Noah enjoys growing bonsai, studying linguistics, solving crosswords, and drinking tea.