MOLLY JOYCE's music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival.
Past seasons have seen commissions from performers such as Avi Avital, Vicky Chow, Mike Truesdell, Present Music, and the Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, among others. Additionally, Molly has received grants from New Music USA, the Jerome Fund / American Composers Forum, and has held a residency at ArtCenter/ South Florida.
As a performer, Molly often performs on her vintage Magnus toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay and has performed on in multiple capacities; including solo, with toy piano, and with a beatboxer. Also an active participant in other aspects of the music industry, Molly has served as an assistant to Glenn Kotche, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Shara Nova, among others.
Molly received a Bachelor of Music degree with Scholastic Distinction from The Juilliard School, studying with Samuel Adler and Christopher Rouse. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant, she studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium with Martijn Padding and Guus Janssen. She currently studies at the Yale School of Music, where she has studied with David Lang, Hannah Lash and Christopher Theofanidis