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Ariele Macadangdang is a Filipina-American, multi-genre violinist, educator and proud introvert. Between backing up singer-songwriters in outdoor bars to performing center circle at a Miami Heat game, she can be found binging animated series in hazardous amounts. She has performed with artists such as Kygo, Kali Uchis, Sech, Judith Hill, Radmila Lolly, and Emmet Cahill. Ariele enjoys collaboration with musicians in classical, folk, and contemporary styles. Many of her own original songs are influenced by whimsical cartoons and mental health topics. Her songwriting projects include American Darling Valve and Salome Songbird.

During her undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University, she soloed with the Kalamazoo Symphony and was a featured soloist in the Walmart Annual Shareholders meeting. As a former Mancini Fellowship recipient at the Frost School of Music, she has shared the stage in live orchestra concerts with Ben Folds, Gloria Estefan, Terrence Blanchard, Maria Schneider and James Newton Howard. Working extensively with young violinists in after-school programs as a Graduate Teaching Assistant helped Ariele become more passionate about children's access to the arts. In her most recent educational endeavor, she helped develop an elementary violin program while serving as music faculty at St. Philip’s Episcopal School.

She loves relating real life to cartoons, writing sad songs and cooking.

Photography by Brian Wolfe

Ariele Macadangdang
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