photo by Nadine Sherman

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, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal.

The 2016-17 season will see the first commercial releases of Molly’s music, both on New Amsterdam Records. These releases include Molly’s debut solo release, featuring two violin and electronics pieces performed by violinists Monica Germino and Adrianna Mateo, and a work on Bang on a Can All-Stars member Vicky Chow’s album of electroacoustic piano compositions. In addition, Molly will continue her wide variety of performances and collaborations involving her vintage toy organ, including a performance at the Metropolis Ensemble’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and performance with dancer Carlye Eckert at Garner Arts Center. Further upcoming commissions include from cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist Evan Chapman, and Garner Arts Center for a new collaborative work with visual artist Leo Castaneda.

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. She is additionally active as a DJ, spinning under the moniker “DJ MJ.”

Also an active participant in other aspects of the music industry, Molly is currently the Digital Content Manager for New Amsterdam Presents/Records and has served as an assistant to Glenn Kotche, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Shara Nova, among others. A committed teaching artist, she has taught as part of Yale’s Music in Schools Initiative, Juilliard’s Morse and Gluck Outreach Fellowships, and with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program.

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 Martin Bresnick, David LangHannah Lash and Christopher Theofanidis.