A Chicago native who grew up singing in the Chicago Children's Choir (CCC), Mollie is internationally renowned for her workshops on black South African choral music. Mollie returned to CCC as a conductor in 2005. She has been directing choirs at the University of Chicago since 2011, and co-directs the monthly Chicago World Music Choruswith Patty. Mollie recently completed a doctorate in classical choral conducting from Northwestern University. In 2001 she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to fund a teaching DVD, Vela Vela, to help educators learn and teach black South African choral music in the oral tradition. In 2006, Mollie received a second grant, this time specifically to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV, which was to become the topic of her highly-lauded doctoral thesis in 2015.
Brooklyn World Music Chorus