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Mollie Budiansky

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Mollie Budiansky


Mollie Budiansky (b. 1991, Hayward, Calif.) is an American composer.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Budiansky received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the New England Conservatory where she studied with Michael Gandolfi. She also spent time at Oberlin College and previously studied privately with Elinor Armer.

With favorite themes of nature and aviation, Mollie creates music rooted in stories and sound worlds alike. Particularly drawn to wind band by her own beginnings as a clarinetist and saxophonist, she seeks to channel those moments of thrill and connection musically. She approaches sharing composition as a celebration of creative music-making with a focus on teaching ideas through many musical lenses and a goal of educational accessibility at any level or interest.

She has written for California’s Junior High All-State Band, and colleges and schools in the United States, as well as independent pursuits in electronic sound collages and music for small ensembles. She regularly teaches clarinet and composition at Cazadero Music Camp to groups of students with a unique combination of musical experiences. She also has served as an arranger for Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program, in which elementary school music students perform alongside members of the professional orchestra.

Mollie self-publishes the majority of her music as a member of ASCAP under the moniker Aerialmusic. She recently launched an online video series called “Compose Yourself” which aims to serve as an educational resource and present creative music-making in a low-intensity, lighthearted setting. Other diversions include drawing comics about music.

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  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 277.
  • Mollie Budiansky website