Jill DeGroot is a Chicago-based writer, producer, musician, and journalist.. Her work takes the shape of audio journalism, documentary, writing, performance, improvisation, text/graphic scores, education, and other.
Jill is the founder of Noise Bias, an amorphous new music ensemble of women who are dedicated to performing work by women. Her work with the collective focuses on curating new music performances that directly confront and challenge the gender disparity in the Chicago contemporary music scene. As the Artistic Director and Editor of Cacophony Magazine, Jill curates a platform for diverse voices of sound makers, composers, and performers to engage with Chicago's contemporary arts and culture.
She has performed in the 2016 Chicago Ear Taxi Festival, the 2017 International Women's Day Concert at Chicago's Symphony Center, and the Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya Festival.
In 2017 Jill received the Louis Crosby Memorial Endowment Scholarship for the International Contemporary Ensemble's ARC Ensemble program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has performed in world premieres including Drew Baker's "Nox" (2016), Kelley Sheehan's "Tech Bite" (2017), Imani Uzuri's "Sustenance" (2018), and Ryan Packard's "alone/together" (2018).
In 2018, she performed in Make Music Chicago with a.pe.ri.od.ic and received the Banff Centre Artist Scholarship to attend the (R)evolution: Resonant Bodies residency.
Her most recent performances include an improvisational collaboration with sound artists Lou Mallozzi and Sam Pluta and video artist Kim Alpert at the 2019 Elastro A/V Festival for live electro/acoustic sound + video as well as a collaboration with poet Darshita Jain.
Jill is a three-time O'Brien VRBA Grant Recipient for civic leadership and community service. Her recent writing has been published in I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, F News Magazine, and Cacophony Magazine.
Jill earned her Bachelor's in Music from DePaul University where she studied with Alyce Johnson and Stefán Höskuldsson. She has performed in master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Tim Munro, Amy Porter, Jonathan Keeble, Sonora Slocum, Jenny Shin, and Leela Breithaupt.
A recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship, she received her master's degree in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute in 2020. Her thesis, Near Total Silence, an audio production exploring the last remaining silence in the United States, can be previewed here: neartotalsilence.com