Molly Monahan is a San Francisco-based composer, producer, sound designer, audio implementor, and projectionist. With training in everything from classical piano performance to dropping sick beats, her noisemaking blends elements of the past and present into an exciting and refreshing sound experience. 


Born and raised in western Michigan, Molly Monahan has since escaped the Midwest to become an award-winning noisemaker, specializing in the fields of composition, production, and sound design. Monahan began as a concert pianist and percussionist before kicking open the flimsy floodgates of the world of composition. Eventually graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy as a composition major and piano performance minor, she has studied composition in a variety of (much warmer) places, including the Oberlin Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris. Monahan has since had her compositions performed throughout America, Europe, and Asia. With influences ranging from Copland to Saariaho, Monahan’s compositions showcase a diverse musical pallet, which is evident in her acoustic and electroacoustic works. She graduated in 2020 from the Technology and Applied Composition program at the San Francisco Conservatory of music, earning her Bachelor's degree as well as the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement.

As a producer, Monahan both collaborates with other artists in producing tracks of a wide variety of genres, as well as her own music under the stage name Papa Molly. Papa Molly combines the irreverence of Slim Shady, the morals of unapologetic lesbian feminism, and truly absurd, extra'd-out production to create the genre known as "bitch music." Papa Molly released her first album "Holy Moly" in 2019, which can be found on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, and Bandcamp.

Monahan is also well-versed in the world of sound design and audio programming. In summer of 2018 she released her first self-programmed mobile VR game, "Finding The Malicious Snowman" on the App and Android store, and in fall 2018 released her second application, "Countrytron5000," a country song generator which helps even the most tech-savvy of city folk to connect with their small town roots. She has also worked on the audio for The Sims 4: Discover University, and currently works for mobile game startup DNArt making beats and such for upcoming music remix game, TopMix.

Finally, Monahan also dips her toe into the vast field of visual arts by creating installations and projections that tend to fall squarely in the genre of "too much." As a side note, she dips yet another toe into this field with her hobby as a metalsmith (ask her about it).


Released music video to "High-Heeled Walk" in February 2021


Released Papa Molly single "High-Heeled Walk" in February 2021


Scored short film "Troop 182," directed by Reagan Shea, in December 2020

Released infinite original music generation app "Infinite Mix" in December 2020


Graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May 2020, receiving the Dean's Award for Academic Achievement


Launched music remix game "Top Mix" in April 2020, which has since gone on to be the App Store's Game of the Day and on the New Games We Love list

Released the music video for "Homophobic Coronavirus" in March 2020

DJ-ed and performed visuals for a coronavirus-induced "CyberRave" in March 2020


Performed ambient accordion looping music with projections at a rooftop show in the SOMA district of San Francisco in early March 2020


Orchestrated the ballet "The Three Comrades," composed by Pavel Akimkina, which was premiered by the National Latvian Ballet in late November 2019


Projected live at San Francisco music and art show "Mafficking" in November 2019


Performed keyboard with artist Luke Collins at the Milk Bar in November 2019


Worked on the audio team for the Sims 4 "Discover University" Expansion pack, released in November 2019 (voice recording/editing, mixing of promos)

Created climate data musical sonifications for the band COPUS on their song "What if We...?," performed in Washington DC in collaboration with the ClimateMusic Project


Performed original composition "Breaking" at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in partnership with the ClimateMusic Project in September 2019

Recorded and broadcasted several performances of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra live on the Interlochen Public Radio in June and July 2019


Performed original composition "Breaking" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in partnership with the ClimateMusic Project in May 2019


Created interactive visual piece "Float" performed by guzheng player and inventor of the QJin Qianqian Jin, performed in May 2019

Performed keyboard with artist Luke Collins at the Hotel Utah Saloon in May 2019

Performed original composition "Frances" at the Future is Female Concert in San Francisco in April 2019

Scored San Francisco Art Institute student film "Macbeth" in Spring 2019


Performed keyboard with Glaçon Garçon on their Spring 2019 West Cost Tour


Sound installation "Bodypad" installed in the 2019 Hot Air Music Festival

Performed live projections for an ambient music show in San Francisco's SoMa district in February 2019


Performed live rap "A Tale of Two Shoelaces" on a concert headlining John Vanderslice in January 2019

Released country song generator "Countrytron5000" on iOS in December 2018

Performed live projections for the Voices of Silicon Valley's rendition of Stockhausen's "Stimmung" in November 2018

Released mobile VR game "Finding the Malicious Snowman" on iOS and Android in Summer 2018


Presented at the 2018 Sounding Now New Music Festival in Singapore

Selected as a Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) Scholar for the 2018 Game Design Conference

Composition "Toccata" performed in a 2018 electronic music concert with producers MATMOS in San Francisco, California (concert also produced by Monahan)

Created and ran projections for the audiovisual improvisation concert during the 2018 Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics in Madeira, Portugal

Produced music for San Francisco-based fashion designer JAKE's 2017 "Hero" campaign


Composition "A Volcano in Michigan" performed at the 2017 International Computer Music Conference in Shanghai, China

Honorable Mention recipient of the 2017 TI;ME Competition

Winner of the 2016 NextNotes Competition, with composition "Ameriquartet: III. Susanna!" performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Winner of the 2016 MATA Jr. Competition, with composition "Green Line Reverie" performed at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York

Honorable Mention recipient of YoungArts 2016-2017

Composition "Fruity Juice" performed at the 2016 Basklarinet Festijn in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Second place of the 2016 Christopher Newport University's Young Composer Competition

Composition "Ameriquartet: III. Susanna!" performed at the opening festival of the 2016 Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Recipient of the 2015 Neil Rabaut Composition Award

Second place of the 2015 Webster University's Young Composer Competition, with composition "Meadow Winds Suite" performed in Saint Louis, Missouri