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Mollie Ducoste began taking violin lessons at three years old in group Suzuki classes. She studied classically until she started college at Hampton University, at which point she began pursuing jazz violin on her own while she finished her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She has spent the past several summers playing her jazz violin in New Orleans with many well-respected jazz artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Wendell Brunious, Carl LeBlanc, Charmaine Neville, and Tonya Boyd-Cannon. A North Carolina native, Mollie relocated to Philadelphia in 2017 to pursue a doctoral degree in criminal justice at Temple University. While continuing her studies, she has continued to perform with local artists, and has released two EPs, "Voices" and "Taste" under her artist name, Mollie Rose. She hopes to one day conduct criminal justice research that will ultimately influence policy change and reform - all while, of course, performing and playing her violin. Some of her greatest musical influences are Regina Carter, Stephane Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, and Sarah Vaughan.