Madz completed her B.A. in both Music Performance and Ecology from Illinois Wesleyan in 2016. She has been playing violin for 14 years, piano for 10, viola for 4, and has been teaching violin for 3. At university, she received training in solo performance, music composition, improvisation, music technology, chamber music, music pedagogy, and orchestra. At university, she also gained experience as a concertmaster and a soloist with the civic orchestra.
Madz recently moved to Bellingham from Alaska. She was born in Illinois, but likes to call Alaska home. Growing up, she spent summers and winters up there with her family fishing, backpacking, practicing, boating, kayaking, and romping around in the mountains. Besides music, she loves to run, climb, and snowboard. She takes much of her compositional inspiration from nature and the environment around her.
Although classically trained, Madz finds herself most happy when performing and singing her own music as well as when playing with indie-rock and experimental bands. She believes in exposing her students to different styles of music and playing.
She also likes to promote a balanced lifestyle with her students, encouraging them to keep up with their other interests.
Shostakovich, Moses Sumney, Patrick Watson, Punch Brothers, Brahms, Department of Eagles, Man Man, Bach, Björk, Andrew Bird, Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Reich, St. Vincent, Björk, Glass Animals, Sufjan Stevens, Ligeti.
Madz is recording her first record as well as researching to build a soundscape monitoring system up in Homer, Alaska.