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Chief Musician Emily Madsen

MU1 Emily Madsen


Chief Musician 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, and Mark Hill.

Prior to enlisting in the Navy, 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, 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. She performs with the Wind Trio, Wind Quintet, Chamber Winds, and ceremonial units, and plays saxophone in the marching band. In addition, Madsen is the USNA Band Auditions Coordinator, Wind Trio Unit Leader, Assistant Command Fitness Leader, and is the Enlisted Representative for the USNA Men's Swim Team.

Madsen's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards), and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

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