"[A]n astonishing display of vocal nimbleness" New York Times
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, DMA is an Omaha-based soprano, improviser, composer, and organizer. She is the founder of Quince Ensemble, an all-women contemporary vocal group, and Hasco Duo, an experimental improvisation and songwriting project. She is also a member of and program curator for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based chamber orchestra that commissions and performs the music of living composers.
In 2014 she founded Omaha Under the Radar, an annual four-day experimental performance festival, year-round concert series, and educational program which has presented over 300 individual artists in its first 5 seasons.
DeBoer maintains an active national and international performance schedule. Recent highlights include the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City, the Kody Festival in Poland, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City, and the Resonant Bodies Festival in Chicago.
Along with her first solo album, DeBoer is featured on albums with Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Ensemble, electronica artist Holly Herndon, the rock band Deerhoof, free jazz musician Timothy Daisy, Hasco Duo, and more. Upcoming recording projects include “love fail” by composer David Lang with Quince Ensemble, an album of original songs with Hasco Duo, and a portrait album of music by composer Erin Gee with Ensemble Dal Niente.
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, DeBoer moved to Chicago to study at DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received a Master’s degree from the University at Buffalo, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University.