Madeline Merwin (b. 1998) is an American composer and professor specializing in contemporary classical music composition and multimedia music projects. She enjoys working with dance, film, and theater as well as in traditional classical concert settings, and strives to blend classical music with pop/rock groove influences.


Madeline is the winner of the 2018-19 American Prize in Composition, awarded for her dance/film/electroacoustic musical work Ceilings Made of Glass. She has received commissions from prominent organizations such as the Nashville Ballet, Wright State University, and X-Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and has completed many other collaborations both domestically and throughout Europe. She is an alumna of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam erasmus program (2019), the Filmscoring Academy of Europe Summer Program (2020), and the European-American Musical Alliance summer music festival (2022). In addition to her performance work, Madeline is passionate about advocating for accessibility of classical music for modern audiences. She was selected as an official TEDtalk presenter in 2018, and completed a TEDtalk on the socioeconomic barriers facing the classical music industry today. Madeline completed an undergraduate thesis dissertation on the political motivations behind the delineation of opera and musical theater genres, and plans to pursue her interest in researching socioeconomic pressures in the music industry alongside her composition endeavors.


Madeline is currently completing a residency fellowship at the University of Michigan to compose a full-length ballet with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, and is also an adjunct professor of music theory and aural skills at Henry Ford College. Before receiving her Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of Michigan in 2023, Madeline received her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in 2021, and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy with a major in Composition in 2017. In her free time, Madeline enjoys listening to TrueCrime podcasts and spending way too much money on candles.