With favorite themes of nature and aviation, Mollie Budiansky seeks to write music rooted in stories and sound worlds alike. An avid clarinetist and saxophonist, she is particularly devoted to the world of wind band and music education, bringing new music to younger ears, and advocating for teaching and practicing composition at any musical level.
Recent band commissions include the Fullerton College Symphonic Winds (2018), Sonoma Valley High School (2017), Montgomery High School (2016), and the 2015 California All-State Junior High Concert band. For the past three years, she has also served as an arranger for Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program, in which Berkeley public school elementary music students play alongside members of the professional orchestra. In addition to acoustic music, she spends time exploring the world of found sounds. Her one-minute stereo piece Vessel is included in the 2012 hour-long compilation Vox Novus 60×60 Athena Mix (featuring all female composers), Environmental Mix; and Pacific Rim Mix, performed in the United States and abroad.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Budiansky received a B.M. in composition at the New England Conservatory. She also spent time at Oberlin College. At NEC she studied with Michael Gandolfi; previously, she studied privately with Elinor Armer.
She also draws Ad Libitum, a webcomic set in a music school.