A native of Fargo, North Dakota, violinist Madeline Capistran began studying violin at age 9 with her mother, Jane Linde Capistran. As a teenager, she continued her studies with Sally O'Reilly at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Capistran holds a B.M. in violin performance from Michigan State University and a M.M. in violin performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Ilya Kaler. As an active orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Capistran was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for four years, and has attended such summer programs as Musicorda, Meadowmount, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Dakota Chamber Music, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute. She has performed in master classes for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Janet Sung, and has appeared as part of the “Noontime Concert Series” at the University of Chicago. As a soloist, Ms. Capistran has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, on National Public Radio's show "From the Top" with pianist Christopher O'Riley, and most recently with Chicago’s Logan Chamber Players. Ms. Capistran is also in her third season as Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA, and in her first season playing with the Northwest Indiana Symphony. She is currently living in Chicago where she teaches, free-lances, and performs regularly with the New Millennium Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music, and as concertmaster of Chamber Opera Chicago.