Music is the universal language of the human mind, heart and spirit

Molly Axtmann began playing the piano and composing at age six.  Her music has won awards and been performed nationwide, in Europe and Japan.


Molly served on the faculties of Mannes College of Music (1974-77), San Francisco Conservatory (1977-1983), San Francisco Community Music Center (1977-1992) where she created a scholarship program for dedicated young musicians, The Crowden School (2000-2005), Crowden Center for Music in the Community as part of The John Adams Young Composers Program (2007-2015).  Private piano and composition teaching since 1965.

Molly is a crucial member of the Volunteer Staff (1997-present) at Strings: strings.org where she produced Young Composers Concerts and Visual Concerts as well as performing her compositions and improvisations on the Strings stage.  She also books classical groups, tends the bar and is the webmaster.

Molly accompanied silent films at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (2002-2009)

Molly studied at the Julliard School of Music (1966-68), Dalcroze School of Music (scholarship recipient 1969-73), Barnard College (B.A. magna cum laude with honors in music 1972), Manhattan School of Music (M.M. piano performance 1977).  Private teachers include Charles Dodge, Lillian Freundlich, Zenon Fishbein, Patricia Carpenter, Aldo Clementi, Elias Tanenbaum.