Madison Moline of Conway, Arkansas, began playing viola at age 12 in her public school orchestra. At 15, she began studying privately with Ryan Mooney. Just a few years later, she performed in Carnegie Hall and toured seven cities in China as one of the fourteen violists in the National Youth Orchestra of the USA.
Since coming to Brigham Young University in 2015 on full music scholarship, Madison has studied with Dr. Claudine Bigelow. She has been principal of both the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra and the BYU Chamber Orchestra, where she toured the Philippines (2017), and China (2019). With these orchestras, Madison has performed with Itzhak Perlman, recorded a television special with Amy Grant and Jordan Smith, as well as a television special and CD The Story of My Life with Broadway star Lea Solonga.
Madison has a deep love for all genres of music, and has been an active participant in a large variety of performing groups from the Baroque Ensemble to the Group for New Music. Additionally, she has been a prolific chamber musician, performing in various quartets, piano quintets, and other modern small ensembles. She currently substitutes with the Tribecca Ensemble.
Madison’s most notable performances include performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the BYU Philharmonic, the Western USA premiere of David Liptak’s Ballast with Dr. Brian Mathias, and playing Viola Spaces and other arrangements alongside the composer Dr. Garth Knox at both the Primrose Memorial Concert in Provo, Utah, and at the Trio Salzedo Festival in Avallon, France.
Madison is adamant about seeking out additional learning opportunities. She regularly attends music educator conferences, has attended the Karen Tuttle Viola Technique Workshop, Viola Visions Festival, Salzedo Trio Festival, and Domaine Forget Music Festival.
At these festivals and at BYU, Madison has worked diligently to earn the chance to play in masterclasses for world renowned artist including Kim Kashkashian, Antoine Tamistit, Atar Arad, Dimitri Murrath, James Dunham, Misha Amory, Neithard Rosa, Dr. Susan Dubois, Sheila Browne, Karen Ritschter, Jeffery Irvine, Jutta Puchhammer, and Joan DerHovsepian.
In addition to her performing, Madison is an enthusiastic and successful educator. She has had students place in All-Region, All-State, and win school concerto competitions. She cares deeply about learning the most efficient and engaging ways to teach all musical concepts to the young and the young at heart. Madison was president of BYU’s collegiate chapter of The National Association of Music Educators from 2018-19, has studied education and string pedagogy at BYU, and has been teaching all ages privately for over six years.
In her free time, Madison plays in her parody band, Strictly Celine, on the viola as well as secondary instruments including piano, bassoon, trumpet, and others.