Madeline Gardner is the Director of Choirs at Prairie View, where she conducts Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Select Women's Choir, Select Mixed Choir, teaches piano class, and vocal directs the school musical. Ms. Gardner graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Music and a Philosphy Minor.
The choirs perform four concerts per academic year, as well as participate in extracurricular honor choirs. PVHS Choir Students are named to Colorado All-State Choir and Colorado All-State Jazz Choir on a regular basis. Under Ms. Gardner's direction, the PVHS choirs have traveled to New York in 2016 and Hawaii in 2018. They most recently earned a Gold Rating from the Worldstrides Onstage Program, earning them an invitation to their Festival of Gold Concert Performance Series. The PVHS Choir program has grown 61% since 2015, with no signs of stopping.
Ms. Gardner began her formal choral music career at age nine when she was accepted into the Colorado Children's Chorale. (Prior to that you would have found her singing songs from "Annie" as loud as possible in her childhood backyard.) From then on she sang throughout middle and high school in many choirs including the Colorado All State Women's Classical and Jazz Choirs. In college she was a member of CU's top undergraduate and graduate choirs, University Choir and University Singers. She has also sung in extracurricular choirs, including the Boulder Bach Festival Chorus and Chamber Chorus and is a current member of the Denver Pro Chorale. Ms. Gardner had the distinct experience of performing in the Eklund Opera Program's production of "The Rake's Progress" by Igor Stravinksy in 2012.
In her free time, Ms. Gardner can be found running, cooking, travelling, and organizing and decorating as many things as possible. She is also a licensed esthetician and enjoys pursuing her creative endeavors in many ways.