With favorite themes of nature and aviation, Mollie Budiansky seeks to write music rooted in stories and sound worlds alike. Her beginnings as a clarinetist and saxophonist led to a home in the world of wind band and music education, alongside chamber music of all varieties. She approaches teaching composition with the belief that the process of creating music can be accessible to students at any level, and enjoys being able to provide a connection from the page to the person.
Recent commissions include Altimira Middle School, Fullerton College Symphonic Winds, Sonoma Valley High School, Montgomery High School, and the California All-State Junior High concert band. She also has arranged music for Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program, in which public elementary school music students in Berkeley, California play alongside members of their local professional orchestra.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mollie began her undergraduate work at Oberlin College and completed her Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Michael Gandolfi. Previously, she studied privately with Elinor Armer.
She self-publishes the majority of her music under the moniker Aerialmusic and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Other pursuits include field recording and sound collage, knitting, and drawing the online music-centric comic series Ad Libitum.