Meridian Star


September 8, 2013

Principal players ...

Those who lead instrument groups of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra


MERIDIAN — Wilbur Moreland, Principal Clarinetist

    This Colorado native is a Hattiesburg transplant and has been playing the clarinet for 62 years!  Trained at the University of Northern Colorado, Moreland obtained his bachelor of arts degree as well as a master of arts in music education. He has held teaching positions at diverse locations such as Nyack, New Jersey, the University of the Philippines, in Rapid City, South Dakota and the University of El Paso, Texas.

    Moreland said he found a home when he went to University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he was professor in the School of Music, heading the clarinet division for 33 years. He is now professor emeritus at USM.

    Moreland has been a member of the MSO for 37 years.His participation with other orchestras includes Greely, Colo., Philharmonic, Manila Symphony, Rapid City Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, and Mobile Symphony. In each of these, he served as Principal. He has subbed in the Mississippi Symphony on occasion.

    Moreland is part of a musical family. His brother is a clarinetist, his wife is a pianist and organist and his two sons are violinists. Moreland also plays saxophone and he continues a long history of singing tenor in church choirs.

    His hobbies include electronics and gardening.

Laura Noah, Principal Timpanist

    Laura Noah is a freelance timpanist/percussionist residing in Mobile, Ala. She is the Principal Timpanist for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Mobile Symphony and Mobile Opera. She is also principal percussionist for the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, and section percussionist with the Pensacola Symphony. Noah has also performed as substitute percussionist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Huntsville Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony and Opera Birmingham.

    Noah is a member of the Noah/Dalton Percussion Duo, performing recitals and master classes throughout the Southeast. Through the Birmingham Arts Music Alliance (BAMA), Noah has performed new solo and chamber works by local Birmingham composers. She has also performed with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in the productions of “Man of La Mancha,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “West Side Story.”   

    In addition to her freelance work, Noah is the percussion instructor at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Fla. She is also a part-time instructor at the University of South Alabama teaching Introduction to Music and Introduction to Music Business courses. From 2007-12, Noah was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, teaching Applied Percussion and Music Appreciation. Since 2004, she has served as the front ensemble instructor for the UAB Marching Blazers under the direction of Dr. Sue Samuels.

    Noah received her master of music degree in percussion performance from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with Jonathan Haas, and her bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from the University of Alabama. She was a member of the 1999 DCI Champion Santa Clara Vanguard and attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2000.  

    Noah is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and is an endorser of Innovative Percussion products.

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