Molly Hughes has a unique position in the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. She is both a violinist and the Orchestra Personnel Manager, a role she describes as a conduit between management and the musicians.
This season marks her seventh in the double role, and she said shifting between a manager and a musician continues to be a learning process.
“I wear many hats, which requires a little bit of juggling,” she said. “Even when we are deep in rehearsing, I have my eye on the clock for calling a break time or keeping tabs on the temperature in the pit to be sure it does not pass a certain degree mark.”
Molly has been with the orchestra for 17 years and is a Michigan girl through and through. She’s a Berkley, Mich. native and current resident who has lived on the same street her entire life. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Studies from Wayne State University.
“There are so many varied musical opportunities to be had throughout Michigan,” she said. “In one week, you can be in the studio recording for an R&B artist, performing a collaborative concert at an art museum, playing for a wedding ceremony and performing with an orchestra on the weekend. The variety keeps life interesting from week to week!”
At MOT, she said she’s passionate about ballet, especially performing works like Stravinsky’s Firebird and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Her favorite opera composer is Puccini, especially Turandot.
Outside of music, Molly enjoys studying the Bible, being outdoors, paper crafts, hand lettering, modern calligraphy, dog walks, tennis with her husband and time spent with family.
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