Molly Orlando, Studio Director & Piano
Molly Orlando is recognized as a soloist, collaborator, teacher and adjudicator throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Molly graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of America, where she received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance as a scholarship student of Thomas Mastroianni and Marilyn Neeley. Molly has received several honors, including winning the 2000 CUA Concerto Competition (Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2). Molly has performed solo recitals at the National Gallery of Art and on the Second Sunday Series at St. Lukes Methodist Church in Washington, DC. She plays with the U.S. Air Force Band on their Chamber Players series and can be heard in the recording Snapshots with euphonium player Danny Helseth.
An advocate of new music, Molly has performed numerous world premieres, among them the Korean War tribute piece Songs of the Forgotten War (2005), the pocket-opera The Girl Who Waters the Basil (2009) by Douglas Boyce at the Capital Fringe Festival, The Hairless Cat Sonata (2009) by John Elmquist, and Giallo (2010), by Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis. Molly is also the pianist for the Great Noise Ensemble, a DC-based new music ensemble who made their Kennedy Center Terrace Theater debut in May 2009.
Molly was a founding member of the duo Six Impossible Things, a saxophone and piano duo specializing in new music presented in appealing, approachable ways. Six Impossible Things presented concerts and lectures at Catholic University, UMBC, the International Saxophone Symposium, and INTERSECTIONS: a New America Arts Festival. Molly's other recent performances include collaborations with tenor Robert Baker and members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra and appearances at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Also an experienced teacher, Molly has done thorough coursework in piano pedagogy and has given master classes in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. She was selected through a nationwide audition to be a Teaching Assistant at the Brevard Music Center summer festival in Brevard, NC. Molly currently serves on the faculty of The George Washington University and owns and operates the Opal Music Studio in Old Town Alexandria, VA, where she maintains a private studio of more than 50 students.