2017 and 2018 Heifetz alumna and touring artist Molly Wise began her viola studies at age 9 in the public school system of Fairfax, Virginia, and is now a third-year student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jeffrey Irvine. She is a winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Spring 2018 Concerto Competition, and will be playing the Penderecki Viola Concerto with the CIM Orchestra in the fall of 2018. She has also appeared as principal viola of the CIM Orchestra. In addition to majoring in viola performance, she is a music theory major, a eurhythmics minor, and an acclaimed tutor in both disciplines. She is the recipient of the 2018 Isada-Stillman-Varma Award for excellence in music theory, given by Dr. Richard Nelson, head of the CIM Music Theory department.
In years past, Molly has earned second prize of the 2017 Ohio Viola Society competition, and has been featured in master classes with such figures as Marylene Gingras-Roy and Caroline Coade. Since starting her Bachelors of Music, she has spent her summers studying with Robert Vernon, Peter Slowik, Jutta Puchhammer, Mai Motobuchi, and Carol Rodland. In high school, Molly studied with Ramon Scavelli of the National Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She plays on a 1996 Michael Weller viola.