Molly Turner conducts, plays, and writes music. She is currently a Salonen Conducting Fellow at the Colburn School. Recently, she was featured conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Rice Campanile Orchestra, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra. She was selected as one of six participants for the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. She regularly collaborates with living composers.
She was a Community Engagement Fellow at Juilliard where she taught K-8 classrooms in aesthetic group music lessons and also played violin and piano for classrooms. She maintains a regular studio of piano, violin, and composition students. She studied with David Robertson at The Juilliard School for her masters degree in conducting and received a bachelor in music composition from Rice University. She studied piano privately all four years at Rice University and took a keyboard class each semester at Juilliard. She has played piano since the age of 6 and violin since the age of 10. With a background in music composition, she regularly arranges songs for beginners, integrates improvisation into lessons, and seeks to help students play the music they are interested in! Ear training, music theory, and improvisation games are often integrated in lessons when students are interested!