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Molly Stier, a prize-winning pianist, composer and clarinetist, is blessed to be living and working in Olney, MD where, along with her husband, Charles Stier, they run a vibrant private music studio.

A part of the community since 1985, the Cherry Valley Music Studio is filled with students of all ages enjoying the study of clarinet, composition, guitar and piano.

Molly has performed throughout the US and Europe in chamber recitals, as soloist, recording artist and with orchestra. She has produced and edited several recordings.

While sharing her musical knowledge with students of all ages is her primary passion, she also enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, laughing and being with friends and family.

The influence of her teachers goes beyond measure: Alvina Clary, Baycka Voronietzky, Julian Martin, Christopher Wolfe, Jeffrey Chappell, Santaigo Rodriguez, Virginia Reinecke and Charles Stier.

Molly Stier

Master of Music Degree in piano performance, University of Maryland, 1986

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Goucher College, 1983
Awarded General Honors in Music/Communications

Advanced Certificate in Piano, Peabody Institute of Baltimore, 1979

Jordan Kitt’s Music Educator’s Grant for 2006 and 2001 -- presented by Jordan Kitt’s Music and the Maryland State Music Teachers Association
(1 out of 10 recipients in the state of Maryland)

Phi Beta Kappa Society…"proudly recognizes the exemplary leadership
and uncommon dedication to advancing the liberal arts and sciences of
Molly Stier (Beta of Maryland) and expresses gratitude for support of the Society’s
highest ideals—knowledge, critical inquiry, and the pursuit of wisdom." -- Sept. 2006

Sessione Senese per la Musica, concerto and chamber music performances
in Italy and Switzerland, 1994

The French Piano Institute
L'ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, 1993

Molly Stier

Cherry Valley Music Studio

Founder, Piano and Clarinet Instructor: Cherry Valley Music Studio, Olney, MD since 1985.

Founder and Artistic Director of Music Among Friends, an impromptu chamber music series in Sandy Spring, MD

Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore’s Music in the Great Hall, 1991-1997

Assistant Music Director
and Pianist
Washington Savoyards

Founder and Executive Director of Halcyon Productions. Specialized in producing, recording and distributing
fine musical literature and recordings.

Recital partner, recording artist and record producer
for husband, Charles Stier, clarinet soloist.

"A spendid collection of pieces (Winter) presented in an engaging and highly personal manner. A generous selection of lovely pieces, performed with a refreshingly original point of view." — Fanfare, The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, March/April 1997

Molly and Charles Stier

Molly Stier

"This altogether attractive anthology of short piano pieces (Winter) ranges from well-trodden terrain into less familiar territory. Molly Newton Stier serves them up in a gently lyrical manner, with unfailingly attractive tonal values, a large array of colors, and a thoroughly musicianly style that does, however, become sufficiently dramatic when required. Her broader-than-usual rendition of Chopin's Winter Wind is intriguingly massive. This attractively programmed and evocatively performed CD is enthusiastically recommended."
— Harris Goldsmith, Piano and Keyboard, March/April 1998