Brandon Quarles is the Associate Lecturer of Classical Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is the Executive Director and soprano saxophonist of ~Nois, a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working at the junction of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation.

Founded in 2016, ~Nois (pronounced “noise”) has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles in the United States. Known for its “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Second Prize in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition and the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

~Nois has given over 70 performances in 20 states. In addition to its regular concert series in Chicago, ~Nois has performed at festivals such as Big Ears, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Omaha Under the Radar, Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project’s Re:Sound Festival, and the California State University Fullerton New Music Festival. ~Nois is in demand as a guest artist and lecturer at universities and secondary schools across the nation with residencies and performances at over 30 institutions including the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University.

Brandon Quarles
Associate Lecturer of Classical Saxophone
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~Nois thrives on collaborating with other artists and ensembles and has performed with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, Eighth Blackbird, and the indie rock band My Brightest Diamond.

Brandon is also active as a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser. He made his orchestral debut in 2015 performing as a soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a winner of its annual Concerto Competition. He has performed with chamber groups such as Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Zafa Collective, and orchestras such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Since 2014, Brandon has given the world premiere of over 50 works for the saxophone and continues to bring new music to the world through his own improvisational practice.

In addition to performing on and teaching the saxophone, Brandon recently designed and taught an undergraduate course on the music and history of the Beatles at Northwestern University. Since his teenage years, Brandon has been making music in the pop/rock idiom as a performer on saxophone, vocals, guitars, and keyboards and as a songwriter/arranger.

He recently became ABD (all but dissertation) towards the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a cognate in music theory at Northwestern University and holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia. Brandon has had the honor of studying saxophone with Clint Schmitt, Connie Frigo, and Taimur Sullivan.