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Molly Barth

Associate Professor of Flute

Molly Barth is constantly in motion. This Grammy Award-winning flutist, professor and clinician moves effortlessly from concert hall to teaching studio to rehearsal room to orchestral section. Molly needs fuel for this fire.

Barth is fueled by visceral communication with listeners. This “ferociously talented” performer (The Oregonian) crosses from Virginia to California, the UK to Korea. The halls may be large or small, the music may be old or new, but the performances are always concentrated and intense.

Barth is fueled by the smell of wet ink. She has premiered hundreds of pieces, finding the creation of new music uplifting and miraculous. As co-founder and former member of the ensembles Eighth Blackbird and Beta Collide, she has toured the world, recorded a dozen albums, and, with Eighth Blackbird, won a Grammy Award.

Barth is fueled by the spark and closeness of chamber music. She is a co-founder of the Zohn Collective, a group of curious musicians who share a love of risk and exploration. They have collaborated with a puppet company and a cartoonist, have toured the U.S. and Mexico, and record extensively.

Barth is fueled by her work as a teacher. She is associate professor of flute at the Blair School, and she guides her students to become comprehensive flutists. They leave her studio as skilled, flexible, bold musicians, able to think critically and speak to audiences. Barth took her inspiration primarily from her stellar teachers at Oberlin, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and Northwestern.

Barth is fueled by the natural world. She runs or bikes daily, and friends say that if she sees a mountain, she wants to climb it. She is driven to play in unconventional locations such as a lava field, a lighthouse, a gold-mining dredge, Crater Lake National Park, and a well-traveled pedestrian bridge in downtown Nashville.

Barth is fueled by her desire to document her adventures as a performer. You can hear her blend of control and ferocity on these featured albums: Vento Appassionato, digging into 20th-century solo flute repertoire; Thorn, focusing on the chamber music of David Lang; and Castillos de Viento, performing intimate music with guitar. Then see where it all began on her YouTube page: at her first solo public performance, in fifth grade, of “Memory” from the musical Cats.

Barth grew up in a small town north of New York City, the daughter of a librarian and a nurse. She now lives in Nashville with her wine-industry-professional husband and their cello-playing son. They keep her feet firmly planted on the ground.

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