Contemporary and Jazz Vocalist
Molly Pease is a native of Sacramento, California. She currently lives in New York, and recently graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Performance.
Molly has been singing since before she could talk. Starting at age five and for the next 12 years, she sang with the Sacramento Children's Chorus under the direction of Lynn Stevens. With the chorus she sang in Canada at the International Choral Kathaumixw Competition, in Los Angeles at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, and toured Czech Republic at age 11 and Sweden and Norway at 17. In addition to her choral pursuits, Molly also performed in musical theatre productions from age six to 17 with River City Theatre Company. After graduating from Natomas Charter Performing and Fine Arts Academy in 2008, Molly attended Berklee College of Music's Five-week Summer Performance Program and began immersing herself in jazz and contemporary music.
At American River College in Sacramento, Molly studied classical and jazz voice with Dr. Art Lapierre and traditional and jazz theory and improvisation with Dr. Joe Gilman. She spent three years as a member of the DownBeat Award-winning American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lapierre. She's featured on three albums with the group, two of which won DownBeat awards. As lead soprano, Molly performed at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention in Tucson and at the national convention in Chicago, won third place at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, and was featured at the 2011 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans. Molly also sang lead soprano for the California State University Sacramento Jazz Singers under the direction of esteemed arranger Kerry Marsh for two semesters and studied with acclaimed jazz vocalist and clinician, Julia Dollison.
For four years, Molly taught voice lessons in the Sacramento area and gigged locally at various venues. She then moved to New York and attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and after two years completed her BA. At the New School, Molly had the opportunity to work with many great teachers and private instructors such as Elizabeth Lohninger, Richard Harper and Alicia Olatuja. She was also greatly inspired by her peers and the New York environment. She is now composing music and exploring many different genres in addition to jazz such as rhythm and blues, pop, folk, electronic and others. She is excited to see where music takes her next!