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In reflecting on the past year, during a pandemic, I kept VERY busy:


In May 2020 I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Flute.

I produced a CD titled “Vanderbilt Virtuosi”, released on Blue Griffin Recording, featuring Blair faculty performers and works of Blair faculty and alumni.

I recorded and produced a solo flute video production: “Ineffable” which is available on the Vanderbilt and Molly Barth YouTube Channels

Online performances included:

MaerzMuzik Berlin, commissioned work of Kristina Wolfe

Bang On A Can Marathon, commissioned work of Kristina Wolfe

Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt Virtuosi CD release concert

Chatter Concert Series, Albuquerque NM

NY Flute Club, Edgard Varèse original and reworked “Density 21.5” presentation

Raleigh Area Flute Association Festival, NC


I was a guest clinician as follows:

University of South Carolina, virtual flute masterclass,

New Music Series curated by Nick Photinos, titled “1:2:1 Online intensive for Composers and Performers”

Raleigh Area Flute Association Festival, masterclass and extended techniques workshop

University of North Carolina, virtual flute masterclass

University of Wisconsin-Madison, virtual flute masterclass

Blair Academy flute masterclass

Aria International Summer Academy Faculty


I was involved in the premieres of the following:

Julia Wolfe, Oxygen, flute ensemble work

Kristina Wolfe, Listening to the Wind, for solo amplified flute

Michael Rose, To the Four Winds, for flute, oboe, bassoon and horn

Michael Slayton, softeR.Mutt.errings for flute, bassoon and viola

Michael Rose, Dream for Light Years, for flute, trombone, violin and cello


I co-wrote an article for the The New York Flute Club, Fall 2020 issue, “Density 21.5, a performer’s perspective”

I was a 2020 Music Panelist for the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Santa Monica CA.
I was a NAACP ACT-SO High School Contemporary Instrumental Competition Judge (online)

Student achievements:

Contemporary Music Ensemble, which I co-directed, offered the inaugural concert at the National Museum of African American Music

2021 Blair Concerto Competition Winner Holly Venkitaswaran, finalist Steven Wu

2020 Beyond the Masterclass, Jim Walker summer session: Holly Venkitaswaran
2020 National Flute Association Masterclass Competition winner: Steven Wu

Admission to graduate schools:

Crystal Kim, Carnegie-Mellon

Maya Koteshwar, University of South Carolina

Savannah Gentry, Manhattan School of Music

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
3-7pm ET / 8p-12m CET

Wherein Bang on a Can brings you a bunch of über-cool artists and pieces we’ve programmed over the past year for further consumption. In previous times we’d have packed up and hauled it all to Deutschland, but now we all can enjoy the Festival for Time Issues in, well, real time, all around the world.

“I love the way Bang on a Can has been dealing with the challenges of this pandemic, taking initiative and responsibility for their community. The marathon format is filled with new purpose and life. Presented live online, it reminds us of the irreplaceability of live art in a soothing way. This crisis situation can be an opportunity to team up and make something transatlantic happen that would not happen otherwise – connecting music lovers and communities from all around the world.”  –   Berno Odo Polzer, Artistic Director of Maerz Musik Festival

To find out more about the wonderful Maerz Musik Festival for Time Issues, their website has all you need to know, in English und German natürlich,


[Set times are approximate and subject to change.]


Daniel Bernard Roumain Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland? performed by Arlen Hlusko

Arnold Dreyblatt

Mazz Swift

Rohan Chander △ or THE TRAGEDY OF HIKKOMORI LOVELESS from FINAL//FANTASY performed by Vicky Chow


Kristina Wolfe Listening to the Wind performed by Molly Barth

Miya Masaoka

Aeryn Santillan disconnect. performed by Ken Thomson

Adam Cuthbert


Ken Thomson Birds and Ambulances performed by Robert Black

Tomeka Reid Lamenting G.F., A.A., B.T., T.M. performed by Vicky Chow

Steve Reich Vermont Counterpoint performed by Claire Chase

Christina Wheeler

Molly Joyce Purity performed by David Cossin


Tyshawn Sorey

Jeffrey Brooks Santuario performed by Mark Stewart

Moor Mother

Bill Frisell


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Spearheaded by Grammy-winning flutist Molly Barth, the star-studded recording titled ‘Vanderbilt Virtuosi’ showcases the performers and composers of Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, and includes tour-de-force performance of such staple of flute repertoire as Samuel Zyman’s magnificent Flute Sonata, as well as world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned works by Michael Rose and Sean Calhoun, newly adapted piece by Michael Slayton, and works by Blair alumni Alyssa Weinberg and Peter Dayton. ‘Vanderbilt Virtousi’ – flutist Molly Barth, oboist Jared Hauser, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, hornist Leslie Norton, violist Daniel Reinker, guitarist Richard Todd, pianists Heather Conner and Megan Gale – offers an invaluable addition to chamber music repertoire for wind instruments and will delight the listener with dazzling performances of these captivating works


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What is especially exciting about this particular Marathon is that this show is all world premieres and all new commissions.
I will premiere “Listening to the Wind” by Kristina Wolfe, at 2:20pm EST.
Bang on a Can Marathon Live Online
February 21, 2021, 1-5pm EST
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Ineffable: Molly Barth, flute, and Heather Conner, piano

Flutist Molly Barth brings music and poetry to life with stunning videos filmed at some of Nashville’s most iconic locations.

The program includes works by Adolphus Hailstork, Andre Myers, Katherine Hoover, Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, and Samuel Zyman.

Videographers: Continuous Motion Productions

Audio: Jeff Coffin, Paul Eachus, Blue Griffin

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Mark your calendars! I am playing the ORIGINAL 1936 manuscript of Density 21.5 (very different from the piece you all know!) on a beautiful BURKART PLATINUM FLUTE for this FREE online performance/discussion on November 5 at 7:30pm Eastern Time! This original version of the piece has not been performed since Georges Barrère performed it over 70 years ago!

The Evolution of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5
A comparative analysis of the 1936 (original) and 1946 (now-standard) edition of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5. With flutist Molly Barth and Sacher Foundation scholar Felix Meyer. Moderated by Nancy Toff.
barth 2021 Swartout continuous motion

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What a winter, and now spring is in the earth in Nashville! Tulips and daffodils are in bloom, and the sun feels warm.

Returning for a brief 3-month period to the post I held for a decade as the flutist with Eighth Blackbird is a joy. What fun new repertoire for me to perform, and with incredible musicians with whom I started working while we were Oberlin students 27 years ago!

And after each performance, I am always eager to return to the Blair School of Music. The students at Blair are some of the most creative, entrepreneurial, and collegial people in the world, and I have the incredible privilege of working with them!

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The award-winning flautist brings a multifaceted programme of contemporary US and Latin American solo works to London, including several works written for and dedicated to her.


  • Michael Fiday, Jim and John
  • Frederic Rzewski, Mollitude
  • Omar Acosta, Solo de Pajarillo
  • John Liberatore, Gilded Tree
  • John Fonville, Music for Sarah
  • Shulamit Ran, East Wind
  • Aaron Holloway Nahum, Forever Fleeing Earth’s Pull