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Madeline Adkins Appointed As Music Director For 2018-2019 Season
Following a restructuring of NOVA’s Artistic staffing needs, Madeline Adkins will join
NOVA Chamber Music Series in a new role as Music Director for the 2018-2019 season.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (November 19, 2017) –NOVA Chamber Music Series (NOVA),
announced that Madeline Adkins has been appointed as Music Director for the 2018-
This new one-year appointment is a result of the Board of Directors’ recent
restructuring of NOVA’s artistic staffing needs. In this position, Adkins will create a
programmatic vision that is unique, accessible yet challenging, and relevant to the
greater Salt Lake City community.
In addition to the Music Director position, the Board of Directors’ worked closely with
Jason Hardink, current Artistic Director, to create the new position of Artistic Advisor
which Hardink will assume on July 1, 2018. In this position, Hardink will provide upper
level artistic management for NOVA by influencing NOVA’s long-term artistic vision and
by providing articulation of said vision to NOVA staff and the public. This restructuring
will allow the positions of Music Director and Artistic Advisor to work closely together in
order to maintain artistic synergy with previous seasons while allowing the freedom for
new passions and interests to influence NOVA programming.
Francis V. Hanson, Board Chair stated, “NOVA is grateful for Hardink’s vision and
willingness to continue serving the organization in this new and original way. The Board
of Trustees is excited about the fresh perspective that Madeline Adkins will bring to our
audiences, and for the new experiences that this blend of positions will offer. We are
thrilled to pioneer this new model, and build on the innovative spirit and creativity that
has kept NOVA successful and relevant to our community for 40 years.”
Hailed as "deliciously exuberant" by the Baltimore Sun, violinist Madeline Adkins has
established herself as equally at home in the spheres of solo performance, chamber
music, and orchestral playing. In September 2016, Adkins assumed her new post as
Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony under Maestro Thierry Fischer. She made her
concerto debut with the Utah Symphony in November 2016, performing Prokofiev's
Violin Concerto No. 2. which was immediately followed with her NOVA debut on
December 4, performing music by Francis Poulenc and Olivier Messiaen. Most recently
she was the featured soloist on NOVA’s 40 th Anniversary opening concert at Libby
Gardner performing Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, opus 21.
Prior to her Utah Symphony appointment, Adkins was the Associate Concertmaster of
the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
"I am thrilled to be joining NOVA as Music Director for the 2018-19 season!” stated
Madeline Adkins. “Since I arrived in Utah last year, I have been incredibly impressed by
the extremely high quality of the concerts, the sophistication and adventurous spirit of
our audiences, and Jason Hardink's compelling artistic vision. I want to thank the Board
for inviting me to become part of this vibrant organization!"
“The board and I are tremendously excited about bringing Madeline on to the NOVA
team,” said Jason Hardink. “She is a charismatic and dynamic leader, and we are looking
forward to having her direct our artistic planning next season, we can’t wait to see what
music she programs!”
About NOVA Chamber Music Series
The mission of the NOVA Chamber Music Series is to celebrate the vast chamber music
repertoire performed by Utah's finest resident artists through concerts, commissions of
new works, educational programs, and recordings. The 40 th Anniversary Season is
generously sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.