A highlight of the Cambria Youth Music Fund Recital on April 28 was presentation of the Jim Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music to talented 16-year-old vocalist Madison Scott.
Emily Fitzgerald, granddaughter of the late Jim Fitzgerald, presented the award.
Students are evaluated by their teachers on their performance, progress, awards, outside musical activities and their future promise. Scott joins Cody Pettit, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Erick Vega, Sarah Wright, Eric Brunschwiler and Cesar Viveros as recipients of music fund awards.
Madison has studied voice with Ruth Fleming for five years. “Madison is a remarkable young woman,” Fleming said, “an enthusiastic performer who is passionate about all things musical. She has a focus and an innate sense of interpretation, which is very special in someone her age and has continued to listen and steadily improve her vocal technique over the time I’ve known her. It has been a privilege working with Madison.”
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In addition to her vocal lessons, Scott she is working with with Emily Fitzgerald on honing her piano skills. Fitzgerald emphasized that music is one of Scott’s greatest joys in life, and said her student loves to share the gift of music with her family, church and community and uses her ability to play by ear as a means of blessing others.
Scott is also a talented composer and her compositions, like her, are fun, happy and encouraging, according to those who know her. She has developed a love for Hawaii and its music and performed one of her Hawaiian compositions at the recital.
In 2007, the Youth Music Fund Committee established the annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music in honor of Jim Fitzgerald, a beloved director of the Cambria Chorale for six years.
The Cambria Youth Music Fund representative said the Chorale is very proud to honor Madison, an outstanding young woman with a bright future ahead of her, with this award.