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First Name

Karen

Last Name

Madden

Professional Name

Karen T. Madden

City

Worthington

State

Ohio

Email Address 1

karentmadden@gmail.com

Email Address 2

karen@OrchestraSchool.org

Level of Professionalism

Established Professional

Academic Degree/s

Undergraduate

Biographical Information

As it turns out, a music education degree and two decades as a section cellist is a fantastic foundation for becoming an orchestral conductor. Leading my friends and colleagues–serving them–is a great joy.

Instrumentalist

Conductor

Style of Music

Classical, Religious Worship – Catholic, Religious Worship – Protestant

Teacher

Artistic Method or Workshop Teacher

Teaching Settings

Community Settings

Artistic Statement

There are two ways to get an orchestra to follow you: be someone worth following, or pay them to follow you.

The second way isn’t always reliable.

Teaching, Mentoring or Workshop Facilitating Philosophy

It’s 2018, the world has gone mad, and I’m tired. I’m tired of the usual conductor-orchestra relationship. one that is predicated on an imbalance of power. We’ve had that ‘tradition’ for over 300 years, and it (and its brethren in many other fields) has caused so much hurt. It’s time to usher that approach right out the door. I’m fully energized in a better means of leadership! Empathy, connections, kindness, and humility are traits that work on the podium, and I’m training my musicians to expect that. And oh! what beautiful music and joy that come of it!