Matthew H. Fields with Victoria Bass
Matthew H. Fields


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Fireheart was programmed on NACUSA's national conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA 15 November 2014 at 8:00 PM..

Composers Choir

Composers Choir completed their recording of Fields's Three Humanist Hymns in July 2014.


Fields's Layerscape, commissioned by Colorado State Music Teachers Association in association with Music Teachers National Assocation, was premiered by Pastiche, at CSMTA's annual conference, 2014 June 4, 7:00 PM at the Performing Arts Complex of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Sounds New

Fields's Absinthe, Spirit of Green Dream was on the program of Sounds New March 23, 2014, 4:00 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley in Kensington, CA.

Arévalo and Billings

Juan José Arévalo, bassoon, and Chris Billings, marimba, gave the world premiere of Green Ravine 1:00 PM 2013 November 23 at University of Arizona School of Music, Room 232, 1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719, as part of a concert also featuring Weber, Dutilleux, Piazzolla, and Marquez, part of Arévalo's degree recital series.


Fields's Absinthe, Spirit of Green Dream was among the works on the program of National Association of Composers, USA--San Francisco Chapter, November 2, 2013, 8:00 PM at San Francisco Community Center, 544 Capp St, San Francisco, CA, on a concert also featuring works by John Beeman, John Bilotta, I'lana Cotton, Kenneth Froelich, Jay Lyon, Davide Verotta, and Dale Victorine.

Composers Choir

Fields's Breezes was recorded by Composers Choir in September 2013.

Boston New Music Initiative

Fields's Fireheart was among works on SCI Concert 3 of Parma Music Festival, 2:00 PM 2013 August 16 at St John's Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel St, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Composers Circle

Fields's Fireheart was featured 2013 August 8 on Composers Circle. The feature remains in the site's archive.

Convivium Vocal Ensemble

Eric Tuan, director. Two performances: 2013 May 25 (Saturday) 8 PM, Los Altos United Methodist Church, Los Altos, CA, USA, and 2013 May 26 (Sunday) 3 PM, Campbell United Methodist Church, Campbell, CA, USA. Works of members of National Association of Compusers of the USA, San Francisco Chapter (NACUSASF). Concert included Breezes, from Humanist Hymnal Project.

Green Ravine

Fields completed a new duet for bassoon and marimba, Green Ravine, 2012 October 16.


Fields's Double Cluster was entered in in the 2012 September 19 - October 7 ArtPrize® competition. This competition featured arts of most sorts, publicly displayed in venues throughout central districts of the city of Grand Rapids. A variety of music, including Fields's, was available for listening in the listening room of Saint Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 USA.

Classical Music Discoveries

Sandy Hedgecock and Ken Hedgecock, at Classical Music Discoveries, featured Fields's CD, Music Among Friends, for the month of May, 2012, incorporating it into their 2012 May 11 broadcast.

Double Cluster

Fields completed the piano concerto, Double Cluster, 2011 December 12.


Fields entered Space Sciences in the 2011 September 21 - October 9 ArtPrize® competition. The competition featured arts of most sorts, publicly displayed in venues throughout central districts of the city of Grand Rapids. A variety of music, including Fields's, was available for listening at Saint Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 USA.

Shakespeare's Eighteenth Sonnet

2011 April 12 in Medina, New York: Imagine Music Publishing released Fields's 1997 choral work, Shakespeare's Eighteenth Sonnet.


2011 February 13, 7:30 PM at the Recital Hall of California State University at Northridge's: TEMPO (The Epicenter Music Performance Organization) gave a concert including a performance of Fireheart. Daniel Kessner, director; David Shostac, flute; Julia Heinen, clarinets; John Roscigno, percussion and piano; Dmitry Rachmanov, piano; Matt Cooker, cello; and Nancy Roth, violin. Fields attended.

CD: Music Among Friends

November 2010: This CD is released by Centaur Records, CRC 3077. Christopher French and Sadie Turner perform the complete Progeny of Memory; Raymond Leung, Meighan Stoops, and French perform Absinthe, Spirit of Green Dream with David In-Jae Cho directing; French performs Rollerchant; and finally, Cho directs Aralee Dorough, Stoops, Gloria Chuang, Craig Hauschildt, Leung and French in Fireheart. Engineered by Andy Bradley. Produced by Judith Sherman with editing assistance by Jeanne Velonis.

Space Sciences

Fields finishes Space Sciences at the end of August 2010.

Mission Chamber Orchestra

Mission Chamber Orchestra, directed by Emily Ray, under the auspices of National Association of Composers in the USA, San Francisco branch, presented a concert of contemporary music 3:00 PM 23 May 2010 at St Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California, USA. Simchas, the final movement of Sages of Chelm, started the concert. Fields attended.

Music Intellectuals

Society of Music Intellectuals presented a concert of music by Armenian composers and Fields, 4:00 PM 10 February 2010 in Aram Khatchaturian Chamber Music Hall, Yerevan, Armenia. Fields's Tidbits received its world premiere.

Gloria Chuang and Friends

Dr. Gloria Chuang performed a concert titled "Women Composers, Women Performers," 7:30 PM 18 April 2009 at Capitol Lakes in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Kabala closed the concert. Fields attended.

Armenian Contemporary Ensemble

Eduard Sadoyan's International League of Music Intellectuals, in Yerevan, Armenia, gave a concert of American and Armenian music in honor of the centennial of William Saroyan, 13 April 2009 at the Aram Khatchaturian Philharmonic Hall. Fireheart led off the concert, directed by Ruben Asatryan.

Chamber Music Today

Douglas S. McNair, emerging composer and senior vice president of research at Cerner Corporation, posted a web-log (blog) entry praising Fields's music and values 15 March 2009.


League of Composers/ISCM gave its 8 PM 7 February 2009 concert at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. Fireheart closed the concert. Fields attended.


Affinity, a Seattle-based chamber ensemble, gave a workshop of readings of works by living composers 8 PM 23 January 2009 at Good Shepherd Center in Seattle/Wallingford. Fireheart was among the works explored. Fields attended.

Festival of Contemporary Music

Sixth Annual Festival of Contemporary Music was held 8 pm August 15 and 16 at San Francisco Community Music Center. On the first of these concerts, Rollerchant was performed by Amy Joseph. Fields attended.


At the final concert of SummerTrios Adult Chamber Music Camp's "Concerto Program", 2:30 PM 13 June 2008, at Bryn Mawr College's Erdman Hall, under the direction of Yuval Waldman, Fireheart received its world premiere performance. The performance was recorded. Fields attended. Performers were: Frances Tate, flute; Joseph Smith, clarinet; Phillip O'Banion, marimba and vibraphone; Noam Sivan, piano; Igor Szwec, violin; and James Cooper III, cello.

Gloria Chuang on TV and radio in Hong Kong

Dr. Chuang recorded The Winds of Springtime as part of an interview--concert combination for The Works, on RTHK, Hong Kong, 8 May 2008 7pm.


Twelve-Tone Toy Box is a Java-based music-educational web applet that Fields created in 1997. Java technology subsequently changed substantially, so for almost ten years, Twelve-Tone Toy Box sat dormant. 2008 February 3, Fields re-visited it, and with a bit of effort, got it working again, for your pleasure.

Gloria Chuang and Friends

Dr. Chuang and Friends presented a concert 7 PM 21 January 2008 at the auditorium of Oakwood Village West, Madison, WI. Arbor Nocturne anchored on the program, framed by offerings of Schuman and Saint-Saens. Fields attended.

Terry Winter Owens

A small, private memorial service for Terry Winter Owens was held September 2007 in New York City.

You may read Fields's memorial essay for her by clicking this paragraph.


Madison Area Piano Teachers Association held its annual Young Composers Festival 11 September 2007. This was the culmination of an August 2007 composition contest judged by Fields, and Fields lectured on musical values from the unique perspective of a composer.

Miami Section, ISCM

Rollerchant was performed by by violoncellist Craig Hultgren at the Wolfsonian Museum of Florida International University in Miami Beach, 3 pm, 14 April 2007, for the annual festival of the Miami Chapter of the International Society of Contemporary Music.

Minnesota Orchestra Readings and Composer Institute

2006 May 5-12 was the Composers Institute and Reading Sessions of Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis. As part of the festival, a reading of Hubble Space Telescope Views was given with Fields in attendance.

SCI Region VII

2006 April 2-5 was the regional conference of Society of Composers, Incorporated at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, in conjunction with the John Donald Robb Composer's Conference. Rollerchant was performed by Dana Winograd, with Fields in attendance.


2006, March: A flier from the Diana Barnhart American Song Forum announces that Shakespeare's Eighteenth Sonnet was a finalist in the 2006 Nuvovox Choral Award Competition.

SCI Region VI

2006 February 9-12, Fields attended the regional conference of Society of Composers, Incorporated at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Victoria Bass gave the world premiere performance of Rollerchant, and was met with whooping applause.


2005 August 22, Composers Ensemble of Northern New York picked Rollerchant to be recorded by violoncellist Mathias Wexler at the Crane School of Music at State University of New York in Potsdam.

Newsletter, April 2005

Click this paragraph for Fields's Newsletter, April 2005 (screen-format PDF document).

Kalvos and Damian's New Music Bazaar

2005 March 26, Fields was a guest on WGDR Radio in Plainfield, Vermont for one of the last episodes of Kalvos and Damian's New Music Bazaar, which had its final weekly broadcast 2005 September 21. Fields was interviewed, and his Sages of Chelm was aired in its entirety.