About

Noah Godard is an 18 year-old composer, pianist, and oboist from Moorpark, California. Beginning this fall, he will be pursuing a BM in composition at the Juilliard School, studying with Matthias Pintscher.

Noah started studying composition with Brett Banducci in 2019 and is currently in his third year in the LA Phil Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program. Through this program, he studies with Andrew Norman, Sarah Gibson, and Thomas Kotcheff, and has had works premiered by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sandbox Percussion, and the Lyris Quartet. Noah has also taken part in the MATA Jr. Festival, the Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program, the 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 four 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 studies 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.