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MOLLY CARR

 

Executive & Artistic Director

 

 

Violist Molly Carr enjoys a diverse musical career as recitalist, chamber musician, educator and artistic director. She was a top prize winner in the Primrose International Viola Competition, made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has performed in festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia.  Ms. Carr is a member of the Solera Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, and is the founding/executive and artistic director of PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US, Inc. Ms. Carr earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and currently serves on the viola faculty of the Juilliard School's PreCollege Program. [See full bio under "2017-2018 Season Artists"]

www.molly-carr.com

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ANDREW JANSS

 

Director of Prison Outreach

& Program Development

The New York Times has hailed cellist Andrew Janss for his "glowing tone", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance." Andrew has collaborated in concert with a long list of the world’s greatest artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode (at the Marlboro Music Festival). He has performed as principal cellist of the renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and was a CMS2 artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Andrew also loves collaborations that take him outside of the concert hall. In 2015 he joined the cello rock band Break of Reality for tours of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Brazil, and Haiti. Janss’ arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for string quartet and singer was attended by over 5,000 concertgoers in Los Angeles to rave reviews. Andrew is a member of the Solera Quartet, in residence at the University of Notre Dame, and is also the former Program Director of the Omega Ensemble. [See full bio under "2017-2018 Season Artists"]

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ABIGAIL ELDER

 

Administrative Assistant

Abby Elder just finished her undergraduate study at Yale University as recipient of the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize,awarded to the senior majoring in the humanities who ranks the highest in scholarship. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior year, she graduated summa cum laude with Distinction in her major, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations.  Before matriculating at Yale, Abby spent a gap year at Juilliard as a viola performance major in Juilliard’s Undergraduate Diploma Program. Abby continued studying with her Juilliard Viola teacher, Heidi Castleman, during her time at Yale.  She is currently a first year Masters of Music student at Yale School of Music, studying with Steve Tenenbom.  An ongoing participant of the Perlman Music Program, founded by Toby Perlman and Itzhak Perlman, Abby performed in Itzhak Perlman's Eternal Echoes Klezmer Concert Tour.  A lover of languages, reaching professional proficiency in Hebrew and Spanish at Yale and beginning Arabic as well, Abby utilizes her musical and academic background through her work with Polyphony, a program which works to bring Arab and Jewish youth in Israel together through classical music.  She performed with a Polyphony ensemble at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative. Abby received a Libby Rouse Fund for Peace Fellowship, Schusterman Grant, and Ganzfried Family Fellowship to pursue her senior thesis research, which examines how music can be used as a diplomatic tool to bring Arab and Jewish youth together through classical music.