Molly Wise


Molly Wise attends the 2022 TSM Academy courtesy of the Margaret Cameron and Mary Louise Dickson Fellowship.

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Recognized by the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) for possessing “unusual creativity and expression,” Darius Milhaud Foundation Award recipient Molly Wise is a violist who uses performance to inspire and educate audiences. As a Young Artist at Da Camera of Houston, she has given traditional and contemporary chamber music performances at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Menil Collection, and Wortham Theater. She also designed “Project Reconnect: Social and Musical Collaborations for Post-Pandemic Reconnection” in partnership with Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston, serving girls ages 11-14 in Northeast Houston. Through socially collaborative musical activities, she provided the girls space to process the isolation and loss of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to reconnect with one another after over a year of school on Zoom. Besides Project Reconnect, she has worked in Houston public and private schools with students from pre-kindergarten through high school as a teaching artist and mentor.

A winner of the CIM Concerto Competition, Molly made her solo debut performing Penderecki’s Viola Concerto with the CIM Orchestra. She was a finalist in the American Viola Society Solo Competition, and has enjoyed orchestral leadership in the Shepherd School, Music Academy of the West, and CIM Orchestras, including in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Severance Hall.

Molly looks forward to beginning her doctoral studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, continuing her work with James Dunham as his teaching assistant. She holds a Master of Music from Rice, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Music Theory from CIM.