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 some 23 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, Poul Ruders and Louis Andriessen. They have 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.

Great Noise Ensemble is an Arts Partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and beginning with their 2015-2016 concert season, will serve as Featured Guest Artists of Baltimore’s War Memorial Arts Initiative.

Highlights of Great Noise Ensemble’s 2016-2017 season will include an opening concert celebrating the 80th birthday year of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, as well as appearances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Catholic University of America and Brooklyn’s National Sawdust.

About The Noisemakers

Armando Bayolo

Artistic Director & Conductor

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Andrea Vercoe


Zach Matteson


Rebecca Steele


Natalie Spehar


Jon Steele

Acoustic & Electric Bass

Molly Orlando


Sacha Place


Brian Seaton

Oboe & English Horn

Katherine Kellert

Managing Director, Clarinets & Saxophones

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Michelle Acton


(Position Open)


Mark Sylvester

Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin

Francesca Hurst


Kevin McKee


Heidi Brown


Kirsten Warfield


Blair Goins


Cara Fleck


David Wolf


David Vickerman

Associate Conductor

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