photo Juan Carlos Hernandez

photo Juan Carlos Hernandez

Molly Herron is a composer whose music is inspired by the complicated, messy sounds of our every day environment and the energy of interaction. Her rhythmically driven work has been called “a beautiful collusion” (Seen and Heard International) and described as “showcasing a wonderful consideration of counterpoint and sound-in-time” (I Care If You Listen). 

 

Herron has composed for a broad range of instruments from full orchestra to flower pot and her work includes pieces for film, theater, and dance. She has written for The JACK Quartet, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Contemporaneous, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble,  and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn among others. Her work has been supported by MATA, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Brooklyn Arts Council and the Copland Fund. She has had residencies with Exploring the Metropolis, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, La Pietra Forum, and the School of Making Thinking; and her work has been presented on the MATA Festival, American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, the Fast Forward Austin Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival. 

 

Herron’s music often veers outside of traditional western classical instruments. She works frequently with Baroque instruments and everyday objects and collaborates with instrument inventors to find new avenues for sound. 

 

Herron is an active participant in the promotion of new music through performance, education, and arts advocacy. She is a co-founder and artistic director of the composer collective West 4th New Music, which has been producing concerts since 2010. The group has been praised for their “exquisitely curated” concerts. 

 

She received her Masters of Music degree in 2012 from The Steinhardt School at New York University. While there she studied privately with Joan La Barbara and Michael Gordon. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at Princeton University.