In honor of more than 50 years of outstanding service as a conductor and music educator, the Iowa High School Music Association has selected Weston Noble, Luther College class of 1943 and professor emeritus of music, to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Noble was presented with the award at the All-State Music Festival Concert, the final event of the 2015 All-State Music Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded on behalf of the the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the Iowa String Teachers Association.
Noble served as conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir from 1948-2005 and the Luther College Concert Band from 1948-1973. In addition to his 57-year tenure as a conductor and music educator at Luther, he has served as guest director for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals across four continents. In recent years, he has conducted the Pacific Summer Music Festival of Guam, the Korea National Choir in Seoul, and the International Schools Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Noble's accomplishments in the fields of conducting and music education have been honored around the world. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana University, St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Carthage College and Wartburg College.
Noble was awarded the St. Olav's Medal by King Harald V of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian-American relations and was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Choral Art from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.