Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble loses Kevin Noe as artistic director, Chris McGlumphy as executive director

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Kevin Noe resigned as artistic director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the organization announced today.

Chris McGlumphy will also step down as PNME executive director effective Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, though he will remain in a managerial role from Albuquerque, N.M., where he plans to move.

Mr. Noe started as artistic director in 2001. Under his leadership, attendance at PNME concerts increased by over 600 percent, according to a press release.

In addition, the ensemble moved to a summer-only schedule and released three CDs.

As part of Mr. Noe's artistic vision, PNME brought in non-local musicians for the compact season and incorporated visual and multimedia elements into concerts.

"He has been an enormous artistic force, and his vision for integrated media in the concert hall was a decade ahead of its time," PNME board president Jeffrey Nytch said in a press release. "Though we will miss him greatly, the Lime Green Team is committed to continuing Kevin's legacy."

The organization does not have plans to replace Mr. Noe, whose final concert as artistic director with PNME is scheduled for Aug. 3.

"The members of the ensemble have come to me and expressed the desire to work together to plan our 2014 season while we evaluate our structure and formulate a vision for the next artistic director," Mr. Nytch said.

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Elizabeth Bloom: ebloom@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1750 and on Twitter: @BloomPG.


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