Madalyn Taylor, 66
Retail store owner
Ogden, Utah
United States

A mother of six and grandmother of 24, Madalyn Taylor firmly believes in making challenges. “They help you push yourself towards higher levels of achievement,” she says. While she took private piano lessons as a child and studied music for two years at Weber State University, Ms. Taylor changed her focus to raising her children and helping with her family business, a tire store, for 46 years. Since resuming her studies, she was won awards at the 2008 Seattle International Amateur Competition and the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition. She has studied with Eugene Watanabe, which she calls a highlight of her musical pursuits, and was a Cliburn Amateur semifinalist in 2011. In her downtime, Ms. Taylor’s large family consumes most of her time but she is also a seamstress and a professional candy maker.


Preliminary Round
CHOPIN   Mazurka in B-flat Minor, op. 24, no. 1
CHOPIN   Mazurka in B-flat Major, op. 7, no. 1
CHOPIN   Mazurka in F Minor, op. 7, no. 3
BACH-KEMPFF   “Siciliano” from Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1031

Quarterfinal Round
BACH-KEMPFF   Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
SCHUMANN   Kinderszenen, op. 15

Semifinal Round
SCHUBERT   Impromptu in B-flat Major, op. 142, no. 3
SCHUBERT   Impromptu in F Minor, op. 142, no. 4
MUCZYNSKI   Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations), op. 48
COLES-RICH   A Poor Wayfaring Man

Final Round
MENDELSSOHN   Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25; III. Presto