Molly Rife provides live music for weddings, parties, church services, and other special events. She performs as a solo cellist and in a duo, trio, and quartet. Molly provides music of multiple genres, including classical, jazz, and pop.
We worked with Molly for our wedding this past February. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish. She made the process incredibly easy and even worked with our officiant to ensure the timing was correct for songs played throughout the ceremony.
My mom had also requested a specific song and a specific way to play it. Immediately after the request, Molly hopped on a call with us to better understand and was so patient in listening to my mom's specific wishes. I'd also like to note this request came only a week or so before our wedding, and Molly was still incredibly flexible and willing to work with us.
Everyone absolutely LOVED the music and it added so much beauty to our ceremony. Molly is truly talented and you would be silly not to hire her!
Thank you Molly for helping to make our wedding so special!!
Molly was incredible. She was so kind a responsive throughout the process and made the ceremony such a magical experience. I am so grateful for her!!!!!
Molly was fantastic. She was on time and her music was perfect. The best part about my experience was how communicative she was with me. She was very quick to respond every time I had a question or request. I can’t say enough about my experience with her.
Molly was very professional and very helpful through the whole planning process. We will have her again at our wedding.
Molly and Stephanie were great! Everyone loved the music!
We first selected Molly for our event based on her professionalism and talent. Her corespondence was prompt and eloquent (as opposed to musicians we had previously interviewed). Not only did she compose two pieces for us, but she sent a filmed rendition so we could preview her work. We were amazed by how well she transformed two punk/new wave songs, into beautiful processional and recessional pieces for our wedding. All of our friends and family were wowed by the performance, and complemented the music for the rest of the evening. With all of the chaos of the wedding, I regret we didn't have time to thank her personally, but all I can say is she made our entire day absolutely perfect. THANK YOU!
It was wonderful evening heaving Molly playing cello / violin duo on our 25 years anniversary celebration. I was able to pick my wish list of songs for her to play. My guest loved it !! Absolutely beautiful music and will be remembered for a long time. Thank you again !
Molly was a fantastic cellist for our ceremony music for our wedding! She promptly replied to our inquires, was flexible with our requests to arrange certain pieces, and the music was absolutely beautiful.
Molly was such a wonderful choice for my wedding ceremony. She offered great advice and music recommendations, a consultant from beginning to end. She was lovely to work with; professional, timely, courteous, talented, and kind. Cannot recommend her enough!
Molly was a wonderful addition to our organization's anniversary fundraising gala - she was responsive in her messages, was on time, dressed exactly appropriate for the event and her music was beautiful - exactly as we asked. I would hire her again any time I had an event with music. A lovely person and a lovely performance.
We hired Molly as a cellist for a dinner party in our home. She arrived on time and was very courteous. She was willing to accommodate us in any way. The music was beautiful and absolutely perfect for the venue. We will surely use Molly again for future functions.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Molly is available to perform as solo, string duo, guitar/cello duo, string trio, and string quartet. Molly performs classical, jazz, and pop music.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Molly Rife began playing the cello at age 10. Growing up in a family full of musicians, it was no surprise that she developed a passion for music as a youngster. Molly decided to brave the cold and is now an active performer and teacher in Chicago. Molly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with Thomas Landschoot. She received her Master of Music degree in Performance from DePaul University under the tutelage of Stephen Balderston.
Molly currently holds a position with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and plays frequently with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to orchestra, Molly enjoys playing in a chamber music setting and has performed at venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tribune Tower, Stage 773, the Merle Reskin Theatre, Constellation, the ARC Gallery, the Greenhouse Theatre, and the Redmoon Theatre.
Molly is enthusiastic about various genres of music and thrives on adding cello to a wide scope of musical ensembles, whether it be performing with a hip hop band, a folk singer, or collaborating with a DJ. She has performed and recorded with local Chicago bands and artists, including Noname Hiding, Sidewalk Chalk, B Forrest, Sir the Baptist, Sharon Irving, Isaiah Oby, Da$htone, Layla Frankel, YONEE, Sedgewick, Heazza, Urban Twang, and Aryk Crowder. She has performed at many local Chicago venues, including Thalia Hall, the House of Blues, SPACE, Lincoln Hall, Double Door, The Promontory, Fulton Street Collective, Reggie's, Martyrs, Tonic Room, and Uncommon Ground. Molly has performed for Sofar Sounds Chicago, The Dojo, Dunn Dunn Fest, the Logan Square Arts Festival, and the Wabash Arts Crawl.
In addition to performing, Molly loves to teach aspiring cellists of all ages, both as a Suzuki and traditional instructor. Molly maintains a private cello studio and teaches private and group cello lessons at the Merit School of Music and City Strings Chicago. She has also taught at Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts, the People's Music School, Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, Music For Kids NFP, and Sherry-Brener Ltd.
Additional Booking Notes
Clients may request specific songs to be played at their event. An additional charge will be added if music needs to be purchased or arranged for cello solo or string ensemble.
Upcoming Booked Events
|September 08, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|February 18, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 13, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 31, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 09, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Wedding Engagement|
|September 26, 2017–September 27, 2017 • 11:30pm - 12:30am||Cultural Event|
|September 23, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 23, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 10, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:45am||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 13, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|July 15, 2017 • 12:30pm - 12:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 23, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|December 29, 2016 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 18, 2016 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 07, 2016 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|July 03, 2016 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|June 25, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 20, 2015||Worship Service|
|December 14, 2015||Corporate Event|
|October 10, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 26, 2015||Baby Shower|
|May 02, 2015||Anniversary Party|
1-4 armless chairs (depending on size of ensemble)