Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases. Her recording of "Shenandoah," her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions. She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. For several years she was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She's been honored by folk organizations and festivals. Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and since 1978.