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Raised in a musical home, professional harpist Molly Madden was just two years old when she first laid her fingers on a harp and she has been in love with the beautiful instrument ever since. Molly studied music with Dr. Ann Yeung at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). There she received bachelors degrees in both Harp Performance and Music Education, as well as a masters degree in Harp Performance. During her time at UIUC, Molly performed numerous solo and chamber works and participated in many top ensembles, playing principal harp for the UIUC Opera, UIUC Symphony Orchestra, and UIUC Wind Symphony, among others. Molly is also featured on recordings of David Del Tredici's Final Alice, Ned Rorem's Lions, Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto and David Maslanka's Symphony No. 9 and Sea Dreams. She has collaborated with many celebrated artists including the late Marvin Hamlisch, Monica Mancini and ensembles such as the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Prairie Ensemble, and Sinfonia da Camera.

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.

Weddings & Events

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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Fauré: Impromptu, Op. 86
2013, Live
Grandjany: Fantasy on a Theme by Haydn
2007, Live
Pescetti: Sonata in C Minor, Allegro vigoroso
2010, Live
Pescetti: Sonata in C Minor, Andantino expressivo
2010, Live
Pescetti: Sonata in C Minor, Presto
2010, Live
Nina Rota: Sarabande
2007, Live
Nina Rota: Toccata
2007, Live
Maurice Ravel: Introduction et Allegro
2010, Live
Claude Debussy: Danses sacree et profane
2010, Live
Saint-Saens: Fantasie, Op. 124
- With Joe Madden, violin
2010, Live


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