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Molly Sharp

Principal Viola, The Mary Anne Rennolds Chair

Molly Sharp, Principal Violist of the Richmond Symphony, also teaches viola at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the violist of the Oberon String Quartet which is in residence at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s School.

A native of Fayetteville, AR, Molly received a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University/Blair School of Music, studying with Kathryn Plummer. She received her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and apprenticed with the Cavanni Quartet. In addition to playing with the Richmond Symphony, Molly has also been a member of the Nashville Symphony and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Molly has played chamber music with many different groups and festivals, including the Chamber Music Festival of Central Virginia, Richmond Chamber Players, ACE (Atlantic Chamber Ensemble), the Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Series (Fayetteville, AR), the Cascade Music Festival (Bend, OR), and the Sante Fe Symphony Summer Series.

As the principal violist with the Richmond Symphony, Molly has been a featured soloist with the Richmond Symphony in works such as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Vaughn-Williams’
Flos Campi, Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata, and Strauss’ Don Quixote. Other solo performances include Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Bloch’s Suite for Viola and
Orchestra with the Richmond Philharmonic.

A dedicated and experienced teacher, Molly is on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches Viola Performance majors, gives sections for the VCU University Orchestra, and teaches a weekly studio class. She has given Masterclasses at The University of Virginia, Violapalooza at VCU, as well as many public schools in the Central Virginia area. Molly started a chamber music program through the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra program to provide a chamber music experience and coachings to serious high school students. As a Faculty member at the String Odyssey, a camp administered by the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University, Molly regularly provides sectionals, private lessons, masterclasses, and chamber music coachings to all levels of students. Molly is also involved in providing viola sectionals for the student violists in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra program.

As a way to bring the love of chamber music to the layman, Molly has created and led experiential workshops for adults, to give those who don’t play an instrument the experience of playing chamber music. In addition to playing the viola, Molly plays fiddle and sings with the Trevillian Ramblers. Molly is also the creator and arranger of Viola Concerto Duets, a project that was launched in April of 2016. (mollysharpcreates.com)