Standing Ovation: Mike Noble

This June marked Mike Noble’s last VYOA Board meeting after nearly a decade of service to the organization, but don’t worry. We will still see Mike backstage at the Flynn on concert days helping Art unload the truck and set the stage. From helping tune VYS celli to leading a national search for our Executive Director, Mike has worn many hats at the VYOA, and we are so grateful for his support, leadership, and service.

Q. When and why did you first get involved with the VYOA?

A. I have been associated in one way or another with the VYOA since 2001 when my daughter started playing with the Vermont Youth Strings. David Gusakov was leading that group and he let me tune the cellos for him at the start of the rehearsals to shorten the preparation time. It was fun!


Q. Tell us about when, why and how you became a Board member.

A. I have been a Board member since 2010. John Pacht asked me to join the Board and, after a little hesitation, I did. Little did I know what a rewarding adventure it would be. I am proud to have led the search committee that found and hired Executive Director Rosina Cannizzaro.


Q. What’s the future of the VYOA? Where do you see the organization in 5-10 years?

A. I hope to see the VYOA’s access programs, such as Music Inspires, grow and grow. What a valuable addition to our community and the state! I also hope that the recognition and great reputation the VYOA has received at the national level within the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras continues.


Q. Why do you think music is an important part of a young person’s growth & development?

A. Music provides goals, teaches discipline, and shows students that hard work can produce a wonderful sense of accomplishment and teamwork. I think that’s pretty valuable.