Madeleine Hearn

Houston, TX

Oberlin Conservatory, Bachelor of Music, 2027

Madeleine Hearn is entering her second year at the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studies cello under Darrett Adkins. She has previously studied with Maki Kubota, Donna Rogers, and Hyeok Kwon. Madeleine has spent previous summers at Kinhaven Music School and the American Festival for the Arts. Most recently, Madeleine participated in the 2024 Singapore Chamber Music Festival with her string quartet, who met and formed at Oberlin. In her free time, Madeleine likes to collect stickers and convince her friends to watch reality tv.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My parents are both musicians, and they inspired me to start playing the cello.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Some of my favorite composers are Robert Schumann, Edward Elgar, and Claude Debussy, and my favorite piece is Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”. I got to perform this piece alongside many close friends, so it means a lot to me.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I have an identical twin sister that plays the violin!

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Outside of music, I like to bike and play various sports with my friends.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO so I can learn lots of orchestral repertoire with musicians from all over the country.