Maddie Tolk

Piano, Violin, Voice | Lehi / Highland

Maddie graduated from Harvard University in the spring of 2019 with an honors degree in English and a secondary field in Psychology. She has a deep love for music and has performed extensively as a pianist, violinist, and vocalist in many different settings and locations, including Utah, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Indiana. Maddie has been playing the piano for 19 years and studied classical piano with Mary Louise Beckstrand, Lisa Miller, and Professor Lenora Ford Brown at the University of Utah. She has experience accompanying string instruments, vocalists, and choirs. She has been playing the violin for 16 years and studied classical violin with Anna Eyring, Karen Hughes, Andrea Hughes, and Professor Christina McGann of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She was a violinist in the Harvard Pops Orchestra from 2015-2019, and has a deep passion for classical music, film scores, orchestral works, musical theatre, popular music, and string quartet repertoire. Through her experience with the Harvard Pops, she arranged and conducted a full orchestral arrangement in the fall of 2018. She has performed in various string ensembles and pit orchestras in Utah, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. Maddie also loves musical theatre and vocal performance, and she studied classical voice with Melou Stewart Cline of the Utah Chamber Artists for several years in junior high and high school. She participated in the Harvard College Musical Theater Association and has performed in several local musicals and community choirs.

Maddie’s wide range of experiences and broad knowledge of different musical styles and instruments have given her an open perspective to different approaches to music education and performance. She is passionate about customizing music teaching for each individual student and establishing a welcoming environment where students feel simultaneously encouraged and inspired to challenge themselves and grow as musicians and individuals. She has a strong background in music fundamentals, and completed several music theory courses during her time as an undergraduate at Harvard. She aims to help students focus on “connection, not perfection" in musical performances and to explore music as a means for self expression, creativity, and service.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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