What We Do
Girls Rock NC provides music and empowerment programs to girls and women in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem. We accomplish this by focusing on the “three Cs”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In our ten years of programming, Girls Rock NC has held over forty music programs for girls in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Our campers have gone on to perform in successful bands and even take on leadership positions at camp. Girls Rock NC has roughly 80 active volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors working together to build a strong community.
Girls Rock NC’s biggest program is Rock Camp for Girls, a one week summer program in which girls form bands, write original music with their peers, attend workshops, and perform their songs for the community at a concert at the end of the week. We also have a fall and spring After School Program and a Women’s Rock Retreat Weekend for adults. No musical instruments or experience are necessary to participate in any of these programs!
The first Girls Rock camp began in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Inspired by the Girls Rock model, over 40 organizations have since formed in cities across the globe, making up the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. In 2003, Girls Rock NC became the third organization in the nation to provide this unique programming. Founding members Abigail Pearce, Amelia Shull, and Beth Turner held their first camp for 29 girls at Carolina Friends School. Girls Rock NC now serves over 200 girls each summer.
Collier Reeves has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College. Aside from running summer camps and assisting in programming for GRNC, she has also worked with youth in various environments: teaching at a summer science camp; working with crews in the back country of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming; and working as an instructor for wilderness therapy organizations. In addition to her involvement in GRNC, she currently runs a small farm in East Durham with her partner. Collier is excited and inspired by projects like GRNC and farming that allow for space to learn, grow, experiment, and express through movement and music. Collier is a banjo player, a guitar player, and a vocalist. She plays music as much as she can manage. This will be Collier’s 4th year with GRNC.
Heather McEntire grew up in rural Green Creek, NC and received her B.F.A. in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Since 2003, she has happily called the Triangle area home, establishing herself firmly in the music and writing communities, playing in numerous bands (Mount Moriah, Bellafea, Un Deux Trois), co-running an independent record label (Holidays for Quince), working in several venues and record stores, and teaching music seasonally. Songwriting, performing, mentoring, and recording are a giant part of her creative identity and fulfillment. She currently lives in the Durham countryside with her sweet hound, Lou. This will be Heather’s 7th year with GRNC.
Amelia Shull (co-founder, co-chair)
Abby Sherriff (co-founder)
Beth Turner (co-founder)
Louise Newton (co-chair)
Lori Paquette (media chair)