Washington musicians moving up: William Noll, age 27, born, raised and educated in Washington, graduating from Catholic University in piano, made his conducting debut at the New York City Opera Thursday, leading a performance of "Madama Butterfly," which he will repeat Wednesday. Later this month Noll will conduct the City Opera's "La Boheme."

Washington soprano Kristine Ciesinski, a student of Todd Duncan's, recently won first place in women's singing at the Geneva, Switzerland, international competition. Between that prize and first place at Salzburg, Austria, several months earlier, Ciesinski won over $4,000 as well as engagements and wide public attention. She will sing the Second Lady in the Washington Opera's "Magic Flute" in November, following that with a Philips Collection recital in December.

The free concerts called "Music at Noon," sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, have been expanded this fall. They are now played on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St., and on Thursdays at the same time at Western Presbyterian Church, 1906 H St. NW.

The Tuesday programs will continue through Oct. 25; those on Thursdays, through Nov. 3. The concerts refunded by a grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Foundation.

The Washington Performing Arts Society sends word that due to the illness of soprano Mirella Freni, who has canceled her Metropolitan Opera appearances this season, the recital which was scheduled here on Oct. 23 will be sung instead by tenor Nicolai Gedda.

The free organ recitals being given this year at Georgetwon Presbyterian Church will have a new look. A moveable organ console has been provided so that those attending the concerts can see the organist as he plays in the church at 3115 P St. NW. William Watkins will open the series at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Cellist Miron Yampolsky, a student of Rostropovich, will play in a free joint recital with organist Ronald Stalford and seven other cellists at 5 p.m. Sunday in Christ Church, Georgetown. He will be heard on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Washington Cathedral, where, with organist Herman Berlinski, he will give the world premiere of Berlinski's Symphonia No. 10.

The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program is offering three music classes this fall: "Beethoven, the Lonely Colossus," "Anatomy of an Opera," and "Jazz on Fridays." For details, call 381-6736.

Monday Night Musicales, now in their forth season, present young artists in concerts in private homes. Their programs will be given on Now. 25, Jan. 16, Feb. 27, March 27, and May 15. For information, call 942-3559 or 686-0238.