Flutist Bridget Muldoon McDaniel was a member of both the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Evansville, IN and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Owensboro, KY for ten years when in 1986 she founded Tales & Scales, the nation’s only music-telling organization (a not-for-profit performing arts eduction organization).
For 22 years, this innovative troupe of instrumental musicians has collaborated with outstanding composers, writers, directors and choreographers to create interdisciplinary works in a mission to ignite the imaginations of children and family audiences. Using minimal sets and costumes, the uniquely-talented performers combine music, story, theatre and creative movement in their dynamic presentations. From its home base in Evansville, Indiana, the troupe tours the United States performing in schools, concert halls, performing arts centers, and with symphony orchestras.
In 2003 Bridget was honored in Washington DC at the the Jefferson Award Ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Bridget was one of five Jefferson Award recipients in the nation to win the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of her work creating, nurturing and leading Tales & Scales. It is the highest recognition a Jefferson Award winner can receive, and is considered the “Nobel Prize” for public service in America.