Mollie Stone directs the University Chorus and Women's Ensemble at University of Chicago. Stone also serves as Director of World Music and Conductor at Chicago Children's Choir, teaches for Village Harmony, and serves as the co-founder/director of the Chicago World Music Chorus.
Ms. Stone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Master of Music degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College, a Doctorate in choral conducting from Northwestern University, and has studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Stone wrote her dissertation on how South Africans have adapted the choral music of the anti-apartheid struggle to address the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
In 2001, Stone received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to produce a teaching DVD (Vela Vela) that helps American choral directors learn and teach black South African choral music more authentically in the oral tradition. Since then, she worked with Patty Cuyler and Chicago Children's Choir to produce a new series of teaching DVDs on Georgian, South African and Bulgarian music as part of a series called Raising the Bar: A new multi-cultural resource book/teaching DVD series.
Stone currently lectures and gives workshops on black South African choral music and other repertoire across the United States and Europe.