Shelley Washington

Let's Make Some Noise Together

COMPOSER - SAXOPHONIST - EDUCATOR


Southern-born and Midwest-raised Shelley Washington writes music to fulfill one calling- - - - - - - - - - to move.

With an eclectic palette that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other contemporary musical spaces, Washington (b. 1991) seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music has been described as "slightly wild, slightly mysterious" while having the ability to "powerfully [tell] stories." 

Shelley also performs regularly as a solo saxophonist, primarily wielding the baritone saxophone. She enjoys playing music from any genre, and she enjoys it most when her friends, new and old, write for her. She has performed and recorded with musicians throughout Kansas City, Des Moines, Brooklyn and New York City- anything from Baroque to Screamo. 

Shelley loves to learn. She holds degrees from Truman State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on saxophone, and a Masters of Arts in Education. She also holds a Masters of Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt, where she studied with Dr. Joseph Church, Dr. Julia Wolfe, and most recently with Caroline Shaw. As an educator, she teaches budding composers in the Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop, and is Artistic Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation located in Brooklyn, NY.

There are few things Shelley enjoys more than making noise and music, but some of them are hiking and rock climbing, reading and writing poetry, urban indoor gardening, trying to master French classic recipes, and community building. She lives in Brooklyn in her apartment jungle and looks forward to hearing from you.