About Great Noise Ensemble

“Among the most exciting and ambitious new music ensembles in Washington, D.C.” (Kyle Gullings, A Composer’s Notebook), and “perhaps the DC region’s most exciting professional group dedicated to performing new classical music” (Jason McCool, The Pinkline Project), Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music.

Born in 2005 when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of dozens of new compositions, as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 45 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, John Adams, John Cage, and Louis Andriessen. Winner of the Washington Area Music Association’s “WAMMIE” award for Best Chamber Ensemble in 2007, GNE has presented concerts in venues ranging from intimate community concert spaces like the Patricia M. Sitar Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring to prestigious locales such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Out of state, the group has performed at New York’s famed Symphony Space and opened the renowned Bang on a Can Marathon in 2014.

Great Noise Ensemble was Ensemble-in-Residence at Catholic University from 2008 to 2011, was an Arts Partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2015, and was a featured Guest Artist of Baltimore’s War Memorial Arts Initiative from 2015 to 2016.

Highlights of Great Noise Ensemble’s 2018-2019 season, with a new residency at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, will include a collaboration with the Arcturus Theater Company, two performances at the West Fork New Music Festival, and a series of four programs inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms.”

About The Noisemakers

Armando Bayolo

Artistic Director & Conductor

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Andrea Vercoe



Jon Steele

Acoustic & Electric Bass


Sacha Place



Katherine Kellert

Managing Director, Clarinets & Saxophones

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Michelle Acton



Mark Sylvester

Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin


Heidi Brown



Kirsten Warfield



Blair Goins



David Wolf