Florence Jepperson Madsen

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Florence Madsen
Florence Jepperson Madsen was born December 15, 1886, in Provo, Utah. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University in 1934. She also graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music from the Chicago Music School, and received honorary doctoral degrees from the Chicago and Boguslawski Colleges of Music.

She began her teaching career at BYU in 1905, eventually becoming a professor of music and head of the Music Department. She taught with her husband, Franklin Madsen, whom she married August 30, 1922. The two of them had a profound impact on the students that they were able to teach and lead in choirs.

Students attending class in the Madsen, 1965
At the dedication of the Harris Fine Arts Center, a recital hall was named in honor of Franklin and Florence.

She also served on the General Board of Relief Society and the General Music Committee for the LDS Church.

In 2015, she was honored as one of the founders of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at the 50th anniversary of the Harris Fine Arts Center.


  • Special Program for Naming of Areas, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center. Tuesday, November 23, 1965 at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

Additional Information

  • Florence Jepperson, Concert Artist
  • Waterstradt, Jean Anne, ed., They Gladly Taught: Ten BYU Professors, Brigham Young University and the Emeritus Club, 1987, volume II, pp. 98-137.
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