MOLLY CARR -
Founder and Co-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. 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 "2018-2019 Season Artists"]
Andrew Janss -
Hailed by the New York Times for his "muscularity and shimmering lyricism", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”, cellist Andrew Janss' performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre. Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode, as well as chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, and The Roots.Mr. Janss was previously the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, with whom he was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two.He has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the band Break of Reality, recently to Eastern and Central Asia, Haiti, and Brazil. [See full bio under "2018-2019 Season Artists"]
Mary E. larew - interim administrative director
A native of Iowa City, Iowa and resident of Connecticut for almost 10 years, Mary is a lifelong musician and experienced arts administrator. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory with a BM in Music Composition, Mary pursued graduate studies in early music at the University of York. A 2005 Marshall Scholar and winner of the 2006 Barbara Thornton Memorial Award, Mary completed a MA in Ensemble Singing alongside her vocal quintet Uncloistered, and a PhD in Performance (Directing Medieval Music Dramas). Since returning the the US she has worked as a singer, violinist, composer, teacher, and in 2012 returned to education to complete a MA in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mary then led Danbury Music Centre as its Executive Director, served as Festival Manager at Music Mountain Festival, and is now very proud to be a part of this wonderful team at Project: Music Heals Us, as well as serving as Music Director at East Granby Congregational Church. Mary lives with her family in Bristol, CT.