Charles Noble has been assistant principal viola of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, as well as with the orchestras of the Cascade and Sunriver music festivals.
Charles holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where his primary teachers were Joyce Ramée, Joseph de Pasquale, Michael Tree, and Roberto Díaz. Charles has won several prizes and awards, including the C.D. Jackson Award at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Israel Dorman Memorial Award at Peabody, and first prize at the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Competition.
During the summer months, Charles plays with the Oregon Bach Festival orchestra (since 1996), and has performed in the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival since 2018. Other festival appearances include the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, and the 2002, 2004, and 2006 International Viola Society annual Congresses.
In addition to his orchestral work, Charles is an active chamber musician. He is a founding member of both the Ethos and Arnica String Quartets, was a member of the Third Angle String Quartet from 2014 – 2018, and is a performer with, and board member of 45th Parallel Universe. His newest chamber music venture is the Pyxis Quartet, begun with his fellow former members of the Third Angle String Quartet in 2018.