Madeleine has been playing music since she could reach the keys at the piano. At age 11, she started learning formally – first taking private lessons on violin. She was accepted into the music program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Canada, where she continued to study violin and upright bass. Her minor degree in music at McGill University has provided her with a firm foundation in music theory and allowed her to advance quickly in a short time on the bagpipes.
Madeleine currently holds the position of Pipe Sergeant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police C-Division Pipes and Drums here in Montreal, as well as playing and competing as much as she can with the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band of Ottawa. She taught at the Ottawa City Piping College for two years before moving here to Montreal.
“Sometimes hilarious, sometimes thrilling, often unusual, but always an adventure!” is how Madeleine describes her piping career so far. Playing with the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band has afforded her the opportunity to play for royal audiences: for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 during their visit to Ottawa, and for Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 2014.
She competes with the Sons of Scotland almost every year at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as at many highland games in and around the Ottawa area, including the Glengarry Highland Games at Maxville. Though she hasn’t competed in any solo events for a while, she was most recently awarded 2nd Place for the Grade 4 March competition at the New Hampshire Highland Games in September 2013.
She has played as a solo piper for many different types of events including weddings, funerals, graduations, surprise birthday parties, ribbon cutting ceremonies, opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies, and many other formal events.
For variety, Madeleine plays smallpipes at several sessions in and around the Montreal and Ottawa area, giving her a chance to expand her repertoire beyond just standard pipe band music. She also plays bodhran (traditional Irish frame drum), and is learning the celtic harp and the mandolin.