Molly Turner
photo by Molly Turner
riverbank state park, fall 2020

Molly Turner conducts, plays, and writes music. She is currently a Salonen 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.


In her own music she is interested in the balance between strictly dictated elements and more aleatoric notation. Her relationship to the standard repertoire is often integrated in subtle ways beneath the foreground of the music. A violinist and violist herself, she finds string instruments endlessly fascinating. Improvisation is a core part of her writing process.


With a strong interest in contemporary art, she was the artistic director for the series New Art / New Music at the Moody Center for the Arts for two years. Also interested in interdisciplinary studies, she writes articles for longitude.site as an interviewer, contributor, and is a SoundBytes podcast team member. She was a community engagement concert fellow at Juilliard and privately teaches piano, violin, music theory, and composition.


She studied with David Robertson at The Juilliard School for her masters degree and received a bachelor in music composition from Rice University.


She is from Seattle, Washington.