Molly Gebrian

  • Associate Professor of Music-Viola
  • Music + Theatre Arts
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Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. Her love of contemporary music has led her to collaborate with many composers, often in premieres of works written for her, and she has worked closely with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez for performances at the Lucerne Festival. She recently spent a year in Paris to undertake an intensive study of contemporary music with the violist/composer Garth Knox. In 2011, she designed a performance project entitled "Trios for Two," which resulted in seven brand new works for viola and piano/percussion (one player) with pianist/percussionist Danny Holt. These were performed at a variety of venues in Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA.Molly has performed most of the viola's standard repertoire in recital and as a soloist with orchestras. She has also performed chamber music with current members of the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and music professors from the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Rice University. In addition to Garth Knox, her principal teachers have been Peter Slowik, Carol Rodland, and James Dunham.Molly completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and also holds a Masters of Music and Graduate Diploma in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bachelors degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, in both viola performance and neuroscience. One of her biggest passions is understanding how people learn and experience music, which has led her to collaborate on neuroscience research with leading scientists on music and the brain. In recent years, she has published papers in Frontiers in Psychology, the Journal of the American Viola Society, and has taught a self-designed course at Rice University about music perception, cognition, and understanding the differences between musicians' and non-musicians' brains. At Rice, she was also the assistant director for the first biennial conference on "Exploring the Mind through Music."As a Suzuki certified teacher, Molly has taught violin and viola privately for over 15 years in the US, France, and Germany, and has also served as the violin and viola teacher at the International School of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany, where she taught weekly lessons to over 50 students, both in small groups and privately. In the fall of 2014, she joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Theory.

Teaching Interests
  • Viola
  • Music Theory
Research and Creative Activities

How people learn and experience music

  • B.M., B.A., Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music (Viola Performance, Neuroscience)
  • M.M., G.D., New England Conservatory of Music (Viola Performance)
  • D.M.A., Rice University (Viola Performance)