Madison Weiss '24 performs Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 in B minor at Carnegie Hall.
Madison Weiss '24 performs Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 in B minor at Carnegie Hall.

Dream Performance: Chapman Student Madison Weiss ’24 Reflects on Her Carnegie Hall Experience

As a two-time winner of the grand prize in the Elite International Music Festival, pianist Madison Weiss ’24 was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. It was a dream moment for the Chapman University junior, a solo piano performance student in the College of Performing Arts. Here, Weiss reflects on the experience. 


I think most musicians dream of getting to perform at Carnegie Hall. I have been dreaming about it since I was a child. On March 19 at 1 p.m., that dream came true.
It was thrilling to walk out on that stage, to look around and take in the hall, to bow before the crowd and take my seat at the piano, knowing that I was about to perform on the Carnegie stage.
Madison Weiss poses with Chapman Family members at Carnegie Hall.
In the audience to support Madison Weiss ’24 (center) were (from left) Executive Vice President Matt Parlow, Sandy Henson, Trustee Marybelle Musco, President Emeritus Jim Doti, Trustee Mark Hilbert and Professor Emerita Lynne Doti.

I performed Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 in B minor. It was such a fulfilling feeling to play that grand, impressive piece and hear it echo throughout the hall. It’s always a joy to share a composer’s message and feelings with an audience so that together we can experience the music and emotions. It was especially thrilling to share such a special moment with so many members of the Chapman Family who had traveled to New York to support me.

When I finished playing my last note, I listened as the sound lingered in the hall. My heart was full of joy. I thought, “Wow, I just performed a piece I love in the hall that I have been dreaming of performing in for years.”

I am so grateful to have had this opportunity, just as I am blessed to have family and friends who support me. It means so much to grow as a performer and as a person in this caring community.


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