Biography

Toronto Flautist Madison Deppe is a classically trained and highly motivated musician who is passionate about constantly looking for new musical experiences and opportunities. She loves endeavouring to break down barriers to reach out to new audiences and students, and enjoys continually trying to push the boundaries of musical technique and norms.

Madison has played with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, the London Community Orchestra, and the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. At the University of Western Ontario where she studied under Anne Thompson, she performed with the Symphony Orchestra, UWOpera Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Early Musicke Studio, Contemporary Ensemble, and Flute Choir, as well as countless choirs and vocalists, and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Flute Performance. Her freelance experiences in London ranged the gamut from busking regularly at a local market, premiering new student compositions, playing with countless choirs, performing onstage for Zorba! the Greek Musical, and appearing live on air on Western’s radio station.

Madison Deppe playing in Canadian Forces

Madison was an active performer with the Forest City Winds, a quintet of which she was a founding member and which frequently performed at schools and venues around the London. She was also was the resident flute instructor for New Horizons Band, an adult band program in London, has been invited to numerous schools in Toronto and London to give flute workshops and lessons, and over the years has immensely enjoyed keeping a private studio of flute and piano students of all ages and levels.

Madison was an avid member of the Canadian Forces for 6 years, working briefly with Edmonton’s Royal Canadian Artillery Band and Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles, and most notably spent five summers performing with the iconic Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, partaking in the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill. With the Canadian Forces she also had the honour of performing at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, a home opener game of the Ottawa Redblacks, and for guests including various Governor Generals, Chiefs of Defence Staff, and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Madison Deppe at PAIL's 2014 Butterfly Release

Madison’s flute family consists of a hand- and custom-made Tom Green flute and a handmade wooden Waemeels baroque flute, as well as a piccolo which she has far too much fun playing (ask her neighbours). She currently resides and teaches in Toronto, ON, where she balances her law school studies with teaching, performing, cycling, raising avocado trees, scouring the city for papayas, and planning her next trip to South America.