Noelle started piano and ballet at an early age and has been active in the performing arts for much of her life. The former Sir Edmund Hillary scholar recently completed her Master’s degree in Music, majoring in piano performance, under Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato after having done her Bachelors of Music (Honours) there. Last year Noelle was a semifinalist in both the 2017 National Wallace piano competition and National concerto competition and in 2016 won the University of Waikato concerto competition. She has a strong passion for playing chamber music and in 2015 was amongst the finalists for the Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Arts Chamber Music Scholarship. Her other successes include winning the 2013 and 2015 University of Waikato Chamber Music competitions, the 2013 and 2014 Te Awamutu Chamber Music competitions and the 2014 Lions Club of Te Awamutu Scholarship.
Noelle is an itinerant piano teacher at St Peter’s school in Cambridge and works as a sessional assistant at the University of Waikato, teaching the tertiary minor piano students. She enjoys accompanying instrumentalists/vocalists on the piano and in 2018 gave concerts around the North Island with her father, professional flautist Mark Dannenbring.