After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1989, Molly went to Japan on the JET Program where, in addition to teaching English, she intensely studied Japanese music, culture, and language. She began her music study with lessons on a traditional Japanese stringed instrument called the koto. As Molly’s interest in the vocal technique of Japanese traditional music grew, she took her first lesson in Japanese folk song in May 1991. With her natural music ability and strong desire to learn, her vocal technique in Japanese folk song rapidly progressed. She soon began to appear on stage, in contests, and was given attention by the mass media.
In April 1995, against all Japanese contestants, Molly became the Grand Champion of the Japan Folk Song Association Folk Song & Dance Kita Kanto Koshin-etsu Area Competition. That same month, Molly entered the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music as a research student, and in 1997 entered the Musicology Department at the same university as a graduate student to conduct research on Bimusicality and the vocal timbre of the singing voice. After completion of her master’s degree in March 1999, Molly has continued to study the singing voice and to perform Japanese folk song. She returned to the US in April of 2000, and is currently working at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana, as a teacher of Japanese and English as a Second Language.