Madison Deppe’s 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 push the boundaries on musical technique and norms. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of Western Ontario, Madison performed with the university’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, UWOpera Orchestra, Early Music Studio, Contemporary Ensemble, and Flute Choir, as well as countless choirs and vocalists. Her freelance experiences range the whole gamut, including busking regularly at a local market, premiering new compositions by student composers, playing with a band onstage for packed houses of Zorba! The Greek Musical, and appearing live on air on Western’s radio station.
While in London Madison was active with the Forest City Winds, a wind quintet of which she is a founding member. The group frequently performed at various venues and schools around the city. She also enjoyed collaborating and performing with Western students and choirs, and was the resident flute instructor for New Horizons Band, an adult band program in London. Her own private teaching studio over the years has comprised of flute and piano students of all ages!
Madison has played with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, the London Community Orchestra, and the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. She has studied with Anne Thompson and Patricia Dydnansky, and has had the pleasure of either performing for or learning from celebrated flautists William Bennett, Peter Lloyd, Leslie Newman, Lorna McGhee, Angeleita Floyd, Camille Watts, Elizabeth Koch, Kathleen Rudolph, and Claire Guimond. She has accompanied various choirs, including the St. Cecilia Choir and the New St. James Presbyterian Church choir in London. Her achievements include First Place in both the Open Flute Class and the Open Woodwind Duet Class of The Kiwanis Club, London Division, as well as the Willena Evans Award in Music.
As an avid member of the Canadian Forces, Madison currently plays flute and piccolo in the Band of the Queen’s Own Rifles in Toronto. Additionally, she has 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. As a member of the Band Madison has performed at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (2011) and at the home opener game of the Ottawa Redblacks. Madison also completed a contract in Edmonton with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, performing with the Wind Ensemble and ten-piece ensemble. Among the guests for whom Madison has performed with the Canadian Forces are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, His Excellency Governor General David Johnston, Stephen Harper, and Chief of Defence Staff General Thomas Lawson.
Madison currently plays on a handcrafted and custom-made Tom Green flute, as well as a handmade wooden Waemeels baroque flute, and resides and teaches in Toronto, ON. Local residents can frequently find Madison working with young flautists in middle and high schools, and busking at the local farmer’s market.