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HOLMDEL, NJ - April 22, 2020 - Madeline Fields (junior) demonstrated her superior artistry as a violinist in two recent performance competitions. Last month, Fields was crowned as the first-ever champion of the ArtsMadness Tournament conducted by the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank. For the inaugural contest, the Basie Center asked artists between 10 to 25 years old to submit video performances in the areas of music, dance, and theatre. The Basie received over 80 submissions. Basie staff members culled the field down to 32 artists who competed in a series of head-to-head battles on the contest website. Viewers voted for their favorite performer in each weekly round with the final match decided on April 16. As champion, Fields will receive a trophy and an invitation to perform on the Basie Center stage later this year. You can see her winning performance video on the ArtsMadness website at https://thebasie.org/arts-madness/.
In February, Fields participated in the annual concerto competition with the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra. Ms. Fields currently sits as Associate Concertmaster for the Orchestra of which she has been a member for 9 years. The competition was open to all students in the Symphonic Youth Orchestra (grades 9-12) each of whom performed a solo concerto for a panel of judges. Fields was chosen as the winner of this competition and will perform her winning solo piece during the spring concert, tentatively scheduled for May 31.
Madeline Fields has been an active member of multiple performance groups since she began playing violin at age 5. In addition to performing with the New Jersey Symphonic Youth Orchestra, Fields also performs with the Chamber Strings Quartet Ensemble at the Monmouth Conservatory where she studies violin and flute. Fields is also a board member of the Holmdel Theatre Guild, the student theatre organization at Holmdel High School, where she is active in both on- and off-stage roles.