Recognized for possessing “unusual creativity and expression,” Darius Milhaud Foundation Award recipient Molly Wise is a violist who uses performance to inspire and educate. As winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Concerto Competition, she made her solo debut performing Penderecki’s Viola Concerto. She was also a finalist in the American Viola Society Solo Competition. Ms. Wise currently attends Rice University as James Dunham’s teaching assistant. In addition to viola, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory, and received the Isada-Stillman-Varma Award for excellence in music theory given by Dr. Richard Nelson. She enjoys developing her pedagogical and leadership skills, and strongly feels that her commitment to students is equally vital to her musicianship and her viola playing.