Madeleine Xiyuan McEntire began classical piano lessons in the tenth grade under the tutelage of Dr. Laurel Larsen at Newberry College in Newberry, SC. She then auditioned for and was accepted into the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she studied with Dr. Stephen Taylor for two years.
After graduation, Madeleine attended Loyola University New Orleans for two years to pursue a Bachelor of Keyboard Performance degree with Dr. Brian Hsu before transferring to Converse College in the Fall of 2016. After graduating summa cum laude with a distinction in performance, Madeleine decided to stay at Converse and began her Master’s degree in Piano Performance in Fall of 2018. Her other musical passions include educating her peers on musician wellness, piano and theory pedagogy, and creating strong ties of community in a musical environment.