Girlnoise is an all-women mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to uplifting women’s voices in contemporary classical music. Founded in 2015 in Ann Arbor, Girlnoise aims to promote and normalize women’s potential to manifest their artistic visions. Girlnoise strives to set this example by providing updated and versatile concert experiences through unique and modular instrumentation, collaboration with living composers, diverse venue selection, and excellent musicianship.
The concept for Girlnoise formed when Amanda Ross and Kate von Bernthal bonded over a mutual frustration in being the only woman in their respective chamber music groups. They set out to cultivate a group of like-minded women with the common goal of collaboration based on trust and shared experience. This resulted serendipitously in the unconventional yet unique group dynamic and sound that characterize the ensemble today.
Girlnoise has actively commissioned and performed with the University of Michigan’s composition students and alumni in various venues across the Ann Arbor area. Highlights include commission projects and world premieres by Annika Socolofsky (2019), Nadine Dyskant-Miller (2019, 2016), Tanner Porter (2016), Ashley Stanley (2017, 2018), and Clay Gonzalez (2016). Girlnoise has also performed and led several Sonic Meditations by Pauline Oliveros. Past concert programs have included a performance at the University of Michigan Museum of Art for their ArtsX:Undefined program (2018) and a benefit concert for the Flint Water Crisis (2017). In recent concert engagements, Girlnoise has begun to expand their repertoire by performing works written by members of the group, ranging from through-composed pieces to guided improvisations. Upcoming projects include collaborations with composers Grey Grant and Christine Hedden.