Madeline Capistran
  • Instrument Principal, Second Violins

Violinist Madeline Capistran grew up in Fargo, ND, where she began studying the violin at age nine with her mother, Jane Linde Capistran.  As a teenager, she continued her studies with Sally O'Reilly at the University of Minnesota.  Madeline holds a B.M. in violin performance from Michigan State University and a M.M. in violin performance from DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with Ilya Kaler.  As an active chamber and orchestral musician, Madeline was a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, in addition to participating in such summer programs as Musicorda, Meadowmount, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute.  As a soloist, Madeline has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, on National Public Radio's show "From the Top" with pianist Christopher O'Riley, and on WFMT Chicago’s “Relevant Tones” series.  Other recent teaching and playing opportunities have included a Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Iowa, serving as Violin Instructor at St. Ambrose University, and performing as a substitute violin with the Minnesota Orchestra.  She currently teaches at Coe College and is a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and is Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa.  Madeline lives in Iowa City with her fiancée and two hilarious cats, Bart and Nelson. 

Ms. Capistran has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony since 2019.