Artist: Molly Joyce

An active composer and performer, 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.

Her debut EP, Lean Back and Release, was released in January 2017 on New Amsterdam Records to much acclaim. Featuring violinists Monica Germino and Adrianna Mateo, the EP was praised as “energetic, heady and blisteringly emotive” by Paste Magazine and “arresting” by Textura. Additionally, Molly’s piece Rave was included on pianist Vicky Chow’s recent album on New Amsterdam, and the work was subsequently featured on Pitchfork and WNYC’s New Sounds.

As a performer, Molly often plays 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.”

Molly has studied at The Juilliard School (graduating with scholastic distinction), the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant, and the Yale School of Music.

Molly Joyce
Pittsburgh, PA

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Lean Back and Release


New Music USA Project Grant

New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission

ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award

ASCAP Plus Award

YoungArts Finalist


Yale University

Master of Music

Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands

Master of Music

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music



Molly Joyce on Releasing a Debut EP

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Molly Joyce’s style took a 180 when she started using electronics in her music. Now, with the release of her debut EP, she shares insights into coming into one’s own as a composer and the trials of self-promotion.