Molly has performed most of the viola’s standard repertoire in recital and as a soloist with orchestras. She has also performed chamber music with current members of the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and music professors from the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Rice University. In addition to Garth Knox, her principal teachers have been Peter Slowik, Carol Rodland, and James Dunham.
Molly completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and also holds a Masters of Music and Graduate Diploma in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bachelors degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, in both viola performance and neuroscience. One of her biggest passions is understanding how people learn and experience music, which has led her to collaborate on neuroscience research with leading scientists on music and the brain. She served as the Assistant Director for two interdisciplinary conferences on music and the brain while at Rice, has published papers dealing with music and neuroscience in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Frontiers in Psychology, Flute Talk Magazine, and The Strad, and teaches an honors course on music and the brain at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Her background in neuroscience gives her unique insight into how the brain learns and how musicians can best use this information to their advantage in the practice room. Given this expertise, she is a frequent presenter on topics having to do with music and neuroscience at conferences and at schools and universities around the country. As a teacher, she has taught recent masterclasses at Ithaca College, Lawrence University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Vanderbilt University, and has been invited as a guest artist/teacher/lecturer to the Polish Viola Forum in Poznan, Poland in April 2017. In addition, she has been a faculty member at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Montecito International Music Festival, and the International School of Stuttgart. Since 2014, she has been the Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.