CHHS concert features violinist Daniel Fields
The Heights High Symphony will feature senior soloist Daniel Fields during the Instrumental Music Department’s Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Wiley Campus. Fields, who plays the violin, was a winner of the department’s 2016 Senior Solo Competition.
In addition to being a member of the Heights High Symphony, Fields, 17, is in his third season with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and is also a member of the orchestra's Advanced Performance Seminar. He also serves as an intern in orchestra operations with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Fields began his violin studies at the age of 4, and has studied with Callista Koh, Eugenia Poustyreva, and Peter Otto, his current instructor. He has also participated in master classes with the artists such as James Ehnes, Sonja Braaten Molloy and Lembi Veskimets.
For the past four summers, Fields has attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, where he was a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2016, he was a participant in the inaugural season of Interlochen's concertmaster academy. Additionally, Fields was a participant in the highly competitive 2016 Logan Arts Leadership Seminar, held at Interlochen.
In addition to his interest in music, Fields enjoys volunteering for political campaigns, traveling, reading, and playing soccer for Heights High. He said he is grateful for all of his musical mentors, his academic teachers, his violin teacher, and his mother, Kathleen Collins, for always believing in him and encouraging him to do his best, day in and day out.
When he begins college next year, Fields would like to continue pursuing his passion for music with a double major in music performance and arts management.
“Daniel has made tremendous strides forward as a violinist and as a leader in the orchestra, and he deserves great credit for both of those achievements," said Daniel Heim, instrumental music director of orchestras. "His command of the Mendelssohn is impressive, and we're looking forward to a very exciting performance with the symphony."
The Heights High Instrumental Music Department's Winter Concert Series, at the Wiley Campus, begins on Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., with the Midwinter Concert, featuring the Concert Band, Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Band and the Concert Orchestra. It continues on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the Symphonic Winds and the Heights High Symphony, featuring violin soloist Daniel Fields. Both concerts are preceded by performances by Chamber Ensembles at 6:30 p.m.
Audrey Wynne is a member of the Cleveland Heights High School Band and Orchestra Parents Organization (BOPO).