Since 2008, Molly has performed and toured as a member of the innovative and edgy harp quartet, the HarpCore 4, who were honored to perform at the 2010 American Harp Society Summer Conference in Tacoma, Washington. Molly is the recipient of a 2006 Verna K. Townsend Award and the prestigious Thomas J. Smith Scholarship, and is also a 2008 String Division Achievement Award winner. In 2008, she was a national finalist in the American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards. Recently, Molly received an honorable mention in the UIUC Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. In February of 2013, Molly was featured on WCIA-TV's afternoon show, ciLiving, and in September of 2013, Molly performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the Heartland Festival Orchestra. From 2011-2013 Molly served as President of the Roslyn Rensch Central Illinois chapter of the American Harp Society.
Molly also teaches private harp lessons in the Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington areas.
The harp is a perfect way to enhance the beauty and elegance of any event. Whether it is the lilting presence in the background of your reception or the sweeping melody that heralds the bride's entrance at your wedding, the harp is sure to provide just the right touch that you and your guests will always remember.
Molly offers harp music for weddings, receptions, parties, and any other indoor or outdoor events in the Champaign, McLean, or McHenry County areas. Additional ensembles available include harp and violin, harp and flute, or harp and guitar.
Please feel free to contact her with your questions or to check her availability for your event.
In 2011 Molly Madden received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her student teaching at Urbana Middle School, where she taught band and music technology, and Dr. Howard Elementary School in Champaign, where she taught general music. During this time she also gave numerous presentations about the harp and served as assistant director in the Broadway on Vine production of The Music Man, Jr. Molly has completed training for certification by the state of Illinois to teach grades K-12.
Under the instruction of Dr. Ann Yeung, professor of harp at the University of Illinois, Molly also received bachelor's and master's degrees in Harp Performance. While there, Molly received extensive training and practice in harp pedagogy, and now offers private lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Lessons are currently offered in Champaign-Urbana, IL or Bloomington, IL.
Molly is currently accepting new students. Please contact her for details.
Solo and ensemble recordings of Molly Madden.
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