INTERESTS: Specializes in low-brass - classical euphonium, jazz and classical trombone
HOMETOWN: Lexington, Kentucky
Noah Tolson is a freelance musician, music teacher, and student pursuing a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. As a freelance musician, Noah has taken the stage with Kentucky locals such as Coleslaw and Lark Watts while regularly performing with The Rough Customers since the summer of 2018. Noah has also performed extensively in nearly a dozen UK-sanctioned ensembles including but not limited to their Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Jazz Combo. Additionally, Noah is in the process of assembling a professional portfolio of solo recordings that showcase him on euphonium, trombone, and trumpet. Noah is also quite experienced and accomplished as a teacher, despite his age. To date, Noah has taught for 3 different high school marching bands, among which is the 2016 National Champions, Adair County HS. As a private instructor, Noah has taught more than half a dozen students from the ages of 8 - 18. There has been a high degree of musical success from this young teacher’s pupils with accolades accumulated under his tutelage including acceptance into the KMEA All-State Jazz Band, the KMEA District 7 All-District Bands, and acceptance into Lafayette HS’s SCAPA program. As a scholar, Noah is a serious student of UK’s Arts Administration program while also minoring in Psychology, Trombone Performance, and Euphonium Performance. To give context to his musical studies, one should note that Noah started studying euphonium extensively with Dr. Ryan Moore at the age of 13, spending nearly 6 years as his student. Noah then taught himself trombone while enrolled at Henry Clay High School and accumulated many accolades including placement as the Lead Trombone of the 2014/15 KMEA All-State Jazz Band 1. Since moving on to UK in 2015, Noah has spent the last 4 years rigorously studying privately with the likes of Dr. Matt Hightower, Mr. Bradley Kerns, Mr. Michael DeSousa, Mr. Jon Sweet, and Dr. Skip Gray.
REASON FOR BECOMING AN AMBASSADOR
I applied to become a CFA Student Ambassador because I was seeking an opportunity to give back to a community that has inspired more growth and change in every facet of my being than any other. Serving as an ambassador will provide me with chances to help cultivate CFA’s future for many years to come, both internally by continuing my work and being an agent for change, as well as externally by bringing as much positive attention as possible to CFA.