Violin/Viola, Suzuki Violin/Viola, Fiddling, Creative Ability Development®
Molly earned a BA Violin Performance/BA Economics with a minor in French at Oberlin College and Conservatory, and her M Mus in Performance from BU.
While at Oberlin she taught private violin students and also represented the Conservatory on a US Embassy tour of Jordan, giving masterclasses, coaching students and leading workshops. Molly has also taught at the Kanack School of Musical Artistry in New York state, the Ashokan Music and Dance Camp, and La Reina High School in California.
As a performer, Molly has performed at a number of prestigious festivals including Green Mountain Festival and Apple Hill Chamber Festival. She has toured the East Coast and Midwest with her quartet, Quartet Davis, and has also premiered a number of new works. Molly and fellow faculty member Casey Murray perform across the US as the duo Casey & Molly, and they recenty released their debut album "After the Sky Weeps".
- How/what age did you start your instrument?
I started the violin at the age of 3 1/2. My parents took me to the local mall one day - little did I know that they had seen a concert announcement for a Suzuki violin group! I was immediately mesmerized by the young children my age playing and asked for lessons right then. The rest is history...
- Did you come from a musical family?
My aunt is a professional violinist, and my grandfather was an accomplished pianist. My parents always had a great appreciation for music and have played various instruments throughout their lives. My mother learned Suzuki violin alongside me for years and my dad picked up the bass around the same time. When I visit home, we often put together arrangements of fiddle tunes to play together, which is great fun.
- Best or funniest (or even worst!) musical memory from childhood?
I was about to rehearse with my family for a group performance at a Suzuki recital featuring me on viola, my mother on violin and my father on bass. I was running late for our rehearsal so I sprinted across several rooms in the house to get to my viola. In my haste, I tripped over a chair and went flying into the brick wall that held our instruments. I ended up being fine, but did get to tell the doctors at the ER that I had gotten injured because I was too excited to play the viola!
- A highlight or two from your performing career:
I loved performing with the JOrchestra in Amman, Jordan in 2017, where we played beautiful arrangements of Arabic music. There was an amazing singer performing alongside the orchestra and we got to incorporate our learning about Arabic microtones into an orchestral setting.
- What do you love about teaching?
I love the constant joy of discovery - the way that I can learn new things every time I teach alongside students.
- What would you like your students to know about you?
I love questions and exploring what interests you. I also want to make playing music feel as comfortable as possible. Let me know what excites you, what you're curious about, and what feels difficult, and we'll work hard together to find what works.
- Can you share a non-musical fun fact about you?
I used to raise seeing-eye dogs when I was growing up in California. One of them moved to Boston before I did!