Madelene Capelle


History and Résumé


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Madelene Capelle, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada has been acclaimed in Europe and the United States for her intelligent artistry and outstanding musical gifts.

Praised for the clarity and beauty of her voice along with her commanding stage presence. Madelene Capelle has performed throughout Europe, the United States and South America as guest soloist with a number of opera companies and symphonies. It was with the encouragement of French composer Darius Milhaud that Madelene went to Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. While in Vienna Madelene studied with the late star of the Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera, Arleen Auger.

It was with Ms. Auger's assistance and introduction that Madelene's European performance career was launched, first with the notable Bach Gemeinde in Vienna, also performing works of Verdi, Haydn, Mozart and Bach in summer festivals throughout Austria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.

Madelene continued an impressive international performance schedule with performances in, but not exclusive to: London Paris, Dijon, Florence, Graz, Bielefeld, and Oldenburg. Capelle has performed in Bogotá, Venezuela, Mexico City and Lima, Peru.

Madelene has appeared with Music Academy of the West Summer Opera, Austin Opera, Bel Canto Opera of New York, New York Grand Opera, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Nevada Opera Theatre Las Vegas Symphony and the present Las Vegas Philharmonic to name a few.

Madelene's artistry has been extensive in the area of special events, a favorite National Anthem soloist for the past Super Bowl champions the San Francisco Forty Niners, guest artist for numerous notable personalities such as: President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, the late Ginger Rogers, Junior Ziegfeld Artist of the Year with movie great Jane Powell, President Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Vice President Al Gore and House Majority leader Harry Reid.

Madelene has been recognized with two Congressional citations from Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich and Congressman James Bilbray for her outstanding musical achievements and most recently a United States Senate Certificate of Commendation to honor her outstanding contributions to the Arts of Nevada by Senate Leader, Harry Reid.


Madelene, Harry Reid & Dad


Madelene - (D) Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader and her Dad



Certificate of Commendation



Certificate of Congressional Recognition


Certificate of Congressional Recognition


Nats Certificate



Indiana University-Doctorate Program-Music Performing Arts / Bloomington, Indiana
University of Vienna-Certificate in Music Therapy / Vienna, Austria
University of Texas at Austin-Master of Music
Mills College-Bachelor of Arts (Music, Psychology) Oakland, California


Nevada School of the Arts: Voice Faculty

Educational Outreach Director: Utah Festival Opera, Logan, Utah
Adjunct Faculty: Community College of Southern Nevada (voice)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Master Classes (Career Development)
Certified Substitute Teacher: Clark County School District (k-12)
Very Special Arts: Artist and Consultant
Artist-in-Residence: Endorsed by the Arts Councils of Nevada. North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho,
Oregon, Wyoming and Utah

Kennedy Center, Artist's as Educators"
Program includes:
" Planning effective workshops for teachers
" Find connections between artist work and school curriculum
Artist-in-Residence Curriculum includes:
Provided in the states of: Wyoming, North/South Dakota, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New York, New
Jersey, Oregon, Virginia
" Conducted workshops for parents, teachers, and hospital staff that included behavior
modification on-task behavior to promote listening and interpretive skills.
" Conducted humor workshops for teachers, hospital staff, parents, and students.
" Conducted "Music and Your Emotions" workshops in schools (K-12),
Junior College, University, Hospitals (patients and staff) throughout the United States.
" Yankton, South Dakota - Featured Guest artist and speaker for Women's Awareness Day.
" Women's Issues Workshop curriculum utilizing the Creative Arts, Music, Humor, Poetry, Arts and
" Music and Religious Influences, Basel Switzerland sponsored by Crescendo Magazine.
" Humor Workshops for Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada, presented to the Professional
and support staff.
" Conducted Self-Esteem classes (grades 6,7,8) for Las Vegas Day School.
" Featured Speaker:" Tuning Your Chassis" for the National Association of Teachers of singing"
Western Conference Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.
" Weekly 2.5 hour Humor workshop's for private psychiatric hospital, Las Vegas, NV, entitled"
Survival Skills for Young and Old, Utilizing the Power of Humor, Laff-lab.
" Conducted Weekly 25-hour Music Therapy workshops for private psychiatric hospital.
" Creative Arts workshops sponsored by Charter Hospital "Music and Your Emotions"
(didactic and hands-on exploration of music.)
" Art spirit workshops, Nevada Arts Council featured artist, Reno, Las Vegas, NV. (Didactic and
hands on exploration of art, music, poetry, and language arts.
" Sing Me a Story, Tell Me a Tale, children create an opera, including making props, creating
dialogue, story, playing Orff Instruments. This project has been presented throughout the United
States and South America.
" Workshops for Nevada Association for the handicapped, organization now known as
" Easter Seals of Nevada.
" The Music Emergency Fund foundations sponsored Humor and Music Workshops throughout the
metropolitan New York/New Jersey areas.
" St. Austin's School, Austin Texas. 2 years, Full-time Music Instructor (K-8)
" University of Texas, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Music, (Voice and Education

" Music Therapist, Charter Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada
" Creative Arts Specialist, Harmony Counseling, Las Vegas, Nevada
" Yankton, South Dakota, State Psychiatric Hospital, Music Therapy Residency.

" Conducted individual and group Creative Arts Therapy.
" Designed imaginative Music, Art, Humor and play Forums as therapy for family related issues.
" Conducted intake assessments.
" Supported and directed music Art and Play as themes emerged to allow successful integration of
family experiences.

" Collaborated with other Psychiatrists, social Workers and Therapists in leading concurrent
therapy groups for children and their parents.
" Conducted family assessments of family stresses.
" Developed treatment plans addressing the needs of both the parent and the child.
" Designed activities. Music, Art, Drama, and Play for supervised parent/child interactions to
improve family relationships.
" Provided support and psycho-education for parents at high risk for abuse or neglect of their
children or other family violence.
" Designed Support Group meetings for families focusing on issues of healthy child parent
relati0nships utilizing the Creative Arts.
" Led individual and family therapy sessions.

" Provided individual and group in-service in Music, Art Humor and Play Therapy to nursing students
at Charter Hospital.

" Independent Living Director
" Developed music Therapy programs for traumatic brain injury clients.
" Designed Support Group meetings for parents and family members of traumatic brain injury

Founder and Director of Children's Opera outreach
Founder and Director: Outreach for Creative Arts a not for profit organization.
National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS)
National Laughter Society
International Platform Association
Soroptomist International of Greater Las Vegas

Speaking knowledge of German
Reading knowledge of German, Italian and French.