Molly Kohler Pei
Molly Kohler Pei, Mezzo-Soprano, has enjoyed over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the performing arts and is honored to be a member of Areté Vocal Ensemble. A highlight of singing with Areté was her performance of Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Song Cycle in the fall of 2012. As an actor, she is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actor’s Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and has performed in countless theatrical productions, both dramatic and musical, commercials, television series and films. As a principal soloist, she has performed oratorio works with the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. Combining her talents as a musician and actor, Molly has enjoyed additional collaboration with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra as the Narrator for Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf. As a resident of Ventura County, she is active in the support of the local performing arts and in 2004 co-founded Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) with Artistic Director KuanFen Liu. CICA sponsors the CSU Channel Islands Choir, a combined university and community choir and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus that provides an after- school program in choral performance education. She is also a founding board member of the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company (VCGSRC) and has performed lead roles in many of the G&S operettas with the company, a favorite being the role of Mad Margaret in Ruddigore. As a writer, director and producer Molly has staged many concerts to benefit local as well as national charities such as Habitat for Humanity. As a writer and actor, she collaborated for seven years with the Women in History project for the Pleasant Valley School District and as a director she had the great pleasure of staging Amahl and the Night Visitors for the First United Methodist Church of Ventura.