Musician First Class Emily Madsen is from Reston, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in oboe performance and music education in 2001. In 2004, she earned a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from the Yale School of Music and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland in May 2010. Her primary teachers have included Carol Stephenson, Richard Killmer, Mark Hill, and Jacqueline LeClair.
Prior to enlisting in the Navy, MU1 Madsen played the oboe and English horn with the U.S. Army Field Band from 2004 to 2007. In the Army Field Band, she performed as a soloist with the concert band, and as a clinician with the Woodwind Ambassadors.
In 2007, MU1 Madsen auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following Veterans’ Training at Great Lakes, she reported to Annapolis in January 2008 and serves as principal oboist of the Chamber Winds. Additionally, she performs as oboist in the wind quintet and ceremonial units, and plays saxophone in the marching band. MU1 Madsen is the Recital Series Coordinator, serves as Leading Petty Officer of both the wind quintet and the Chamber Winds, and is a Command Fitness Leader Assistant.
MU1 Madsen has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.