Molly Norcross

Instrument: Horn

Education: BM and MM from The Juilliard School

Hometown: Willow Street, Pennsylvania 

Neighborhood: Downtown Cincinnati 

Joined the CSO in 2019

Hobbies outside of the CSO: Boxing, cooking, backpacking, learning Danish and German, reading sci-fi novels.

Inspirations as a musician: It’s tough to describe, but the energy on stage in the moment that we move from silence to sound is such a hallowed experience. In each and every moment, listening and playing with my colleagues, serving the composer and the audience... it’s electrifying!

Current playlist: I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Danish pop music recently. But more commonly I listen to a lot of orchestral music: lots of Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Strauss, and Prokofiev! And my favorite podcasts: Stuff You Should Know and The Adventure Zone.

Fun fact: I’ve gradually been forcing myself to like new foods over my lifetime. Accomplished: mushrooms, bananas, coffee, olives. Up next: kimchi.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? Orchestras create a deeply human space for a shared experience; we rediscover what makes us human as our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds are engaged. When we are aware of our humanity and the humanity of those around us, we can move into the world as a force for good.