The 3. Cycle is happy to announce the new PhD student Molly Joyce. She will begin her doctoral journey at the ZHdK and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz on October 1st.

Molly Joyce was recently deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “unwavering” and “enveloping” (Vulture). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and the primary vehicle in her pursuit is her electric vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay which engages her disability on a compositional and performative level. 

Molly’s creative projects have been presented and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, TEDxMidAtlantic, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Bang on a Can Marathon, Danspace Project, Americans for the Arts, National Sawdust, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, National Gallery of Art, Classical:NEXT, and in Pitchfork, Red Bull Radio, and WNYC’s New SoundsHer compositional works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the Vermont, New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, Albany, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras.

Molly is a graduate of Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Yale, alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation, and holds an Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from City University of New York.

In her doctoral studies, Molly will take a look at disability in the performing arts. Disability in dance and music is a growing artistic field. In Switzerland companies such as Theater HORA are internationally recognized, however the discourse on disability at Swiss Art Schools is still in its early stages. In particular, the perspective of artists who identify as disabled is not yet part of the dialogue, as well as the Anglophone/U.S.-perspective in disability studies with Swiss developments.

To learn more about Molly Joyce and her work, visit her personal website. If you would like to know more about her doctoral studies, you can download the abstract to her studies here.