An engaging and dynamic presence on the music scene, 21 year old Noah Lis is creating a buzz with his keyboard and vocal talents at well known venues across the states. The ambitious young man from Western MA has an extensive musical background and a rich expressive voice that reaches out and embraces audiences of all ages.
Noah was just 3, when he belted out the National Anthem on a coffee table in his living room, and it was a mystery where he had learned those famous lyrics.
By age 6, he was playing piano by ear, and began classical instruction with neighborhood music teacher, Lila Haendiges, who he credits for forcing him to learn to read music.
In middle school he added Saxophone to his list of accomplishments, and by 11 had taught himself to sing and play some pop tunes on the piano.
Shortly after, he began working with jazz performance singer/songwriter Janet Ryan and was also invited to join the 160 member Dan Kane Singers choral group, in which his powerful vocals quickly earned him a soloist position.
Noah released his first CD entitled "Simple Things" in May 2006 and claims it is a diverse selection of music that appeals to all ages. He taught himself to keyboard at age 15, has dabbled in both drums and guitar, and has tried his hand at songwriting.
In November 2008, Noah released a Christmas album entitled "The Gift" with renowned vocalist Traci Mnich, and shortly after worked with Deborah Gibson at her Electric Youth Camp in NYC in which he concentrated on strengthening his song writing skills.
Noah graduated from High School in June 2009 in which he maintained honor grades throughout his education. He played alto and tenor sax with the schools marching, symphonic, and jazz band, as well as soprano in a sax quartet. He received many recognitions and awards throughout his young career including the prestigious John Philip Souza Band Award. He's also performed out in NYC for America's Got Talent 2000 seat audience and has auditioned for American Idol 3 times. In June 2009, he was named one of "Western Massachusetts most Talented Teens" by the Springfield Republican News.
Currently, Noah is in his senior year of college as a music major. He is a Deans List student and performs 1st chair with the Westfield State Wind Symphony, 1st chair with the Westfield State Big Band, along with 3 other Jazz ensembles. He is also working with an entertainment manager to broaden his career.
In addition, he works with a local audio company providing live sound for local bands and has also mastered some recording skills in his home studio that he built himself.
Although he spends most of his free time practicing and performing, music is much more a labor of love. His passion is driven by his upbeat enthusiasm and self motivation to perfect his musical abilities.
2009 Talented Teen in the Arts: Musician Noah Samuel Lis of Palmer High School, Grade 12
Posted by Republican teen editor
June 02, 2009 05:22AM
Staff photo by MICHAEL S. GORDON
Discipline: Music (piano, sax, voice)
College choice: Berklee School of Music, Boston, vocal major
Resume highlights: Produced and recorded two full-length CDs; made it to the third round of "America's Got Talent" in 2008 and was invited for a second audition for "American Idol;" scholarship student at Deborah Gibson's Electric Youth winter camp in New York City and had a vocal lesson with Madonna's coach; Dan Kane Singers, Massachusetts Music Educators Association Western District Jazz Band, operate Noah Lis Music Entertainment services (http://www.noahlis.com//) for area events
"Music is a passion that chose me from the moment I could talk. I practice and perform four to five hours every day, and it is much more of a labor of love. I have a driven need to expand my knowledge and experiences, perfect my musical abilities and continue my education. I'm careful to never take this gift for granted and I enjoy sharing it with others."
Nominating teacher: Christopher L. Beaudry