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S.S. Slopes sisters compete in national fiddle championships


Tara Linhhardt

Michael Arnold Mages, Josephine Arnold Mages(4), Katie Glassman (2015 National Swing Fiddle Champion)

The Arnold-Mages Sisters, from the South Side Slopes, recently competed in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships in Weiser Idaho last week.

To compete, each fiddler must prepare three songs: a hoedown, waltz, and tune of choice.

Four-year-old Josephine was awarded the title of "Youngest Fiddler," given each year to the youngest person competing at the competition. In the "Small Fry" Division, she was ranked 18th. Her sister Lillian, 6, was ranked 10th in the nation.  Both girls began playing the fiddle last August. 

Camille, 12, competed in the Junior-Junior Division. She advanced to Round Two and ended with a final ranking of 12th.  Emily, 15, competed in the Junior Division. Camille and Emily have been playing classical violin for years, but have only been fiddling for a year and a half.

All four girls take classical lessons through City Music Center at Duquesne University.

Fans of the girls can catch them locally busking on the South Side Flats to support their fiddling habit. Emily is currently raising money to attend an invitation only fiddle workshop in August. 

To learn more about the National Oldtime Fiddle Championship, visit


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