Eastport Arts Center will present a senior recital by 2022 Washington Academy graduate Noah Carver, winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award ‘for extraordinary young musicians’ from NPR’s From the Top, on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 pm. The young singer will be accompanied by pianist John Newell. A student of voice teacher Gary Magby, pianist Paul Sullivan, and music teacher Bonnie Atkinson, Noah will begin his undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music in the fall.
A skilled tenor, Noah has appeared with many choirs, including MMEA All State Honors Chorus (2019-2022), and the Washington County Children’s Chorus since 2010. He last appeared on the EAC stage in 2018 as Sparrow in Hans Krasa’s children’s opera, Brundibár. Born blind, Noah lives a rich and active life. Among his many pursuits, Noah enjoys riding horseback and running cross-country, and is a passionate accessibility advocate and avid alpine skier who serves as a Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation ambassador.

Noah and John Newell collaborate for the first of Noah’s ‘From the Top’ appearances (a livestream for Denver Children’s Hospital); the two will reunite for a special concert at EAC on June 28.

“When Noah Carver’s name is mentioned my first thought is: determination. No obstacles will stop what he wants to do. And this has been the case since he was first starting with the chorus years ago,” notes Chris Guy, Director of Washington County Children’s Chorus. “He never takes anything for granted. His work ethic is amazing, and it’s been instilled by his parents. I’ve never seen any people work as hard as they have worked for Noah, to see that his life has no limits. They’ve dedicated everything, and their dedication is now in Noah’s DNA.”

The Washington County Chorus, directed by Chris Guy, has been a foundational piece of Noah’s musical journey.

“Noah finds pure joy in music making and it is contagious to all of those around him,” enthused his Washington Academy music teacher Bonnie Atkinson. “Each one of us in the WA music room have become better musicians by having Noah near us in classes and rehearsals. He not only is a fabulous singer, but has become an accomplished drummer and clarinetist and willingly shares those gifts in the Band. Noah will go off soon to do amazing things at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, but his resiliency, strength and infectious laugh will echo in the hallways and classrooms of Washington Academy for many years to come.”

Poised for a set on drum kit with the Washington Academy band, Noah talks with music teacher Bonnie Atkinson.

“Noah has been a very talented actor/musician at many of Eastport Arts Center’s children’s performances throughout the years,” commented Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education and Outreach Director. “He has captured the heart of many an audience member as we have watched him mature into the outstanding musician he is today. This promises to be a very special night which I am absolutely looking forward to attending.”
Proceeds from the show will go towards Noah’s college expenses. Tickets will be available at the door, or via the online event page. Admission is $15, or attendees may choose to donate more to support Noah; youth 17 and under will be admitted free of charge.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building.