Composer/Vocalist Amanda Schoofs creates visceral works that emphasize timbre, presence, and ritual while exposing the raw, brilliant, and intimate qualities of the human spirit. Trained in contemporary composition and theory, her creative practice extends from the experimental tradition and exists in the space between diverse artistic practices. At the nexus of composition, improvisation, painting, printmaking, poetry, performance art, and authentic movement, Amanda creates provocative works that are uniquely interdisciplinary. A 2015 MATA festival composer, her works have been commissioned and presented throughout the United States, Germany, and Canada. Audiences and critics have described her music as "ethereal", a transporting, enigmatic reverie, "fantastic theater", and entirely original, breathtaking in its delivery.
Amanda is on the composition faculty at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukees Peck School of the Arts, where she directs Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches composition, theory, and experimental improvisation. She curates the series Sensoria: Experiments in Time-Based Media and Performance for INOVA - Institute of Visual Arts. She teaches composition with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Present Music. Amanda holds a MA in Music Composition from Mills College, where she won the Elizabeth Crothers Mills Award, and studied composition and improvisation with Joëlle Léandre, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, and Fred Frith. An invested academic, she was a 2014 Transdisciplinary Challenge Fellow at Center for 21st Century Studies, researching the cross-disciplinary intersections of language. Last August she was a guest artist with Kulturamt BodenseeKreis' and Salem Artworks' International Residency Salem2Salem, at Castles Spetzgert and Salem, in Bodensee, Germany. She looks forward to her 2015 Salem2Salem residency this August at Salem Art Works, in Salem NY.