Young Artist Competition



29th Annual

Young Artist Competition

“250 Years of Beethoven”

Application and Videos Due: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Semi Finals: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Honors Recital: Sunday, January 5, 2020

Presented by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Matthew Wardell, Music Director & Conductor


Cash Awards


Public Recital for Finalists


Appearance in concert with the

Ocala Symphony Orchestra


Ocala Symphony Orchestra - 500 NE 9th Street - Ocala, FL 34470 - (352) 351-1606

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is a member of the League of American Orchestras.


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The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 29th Annual Young Artist Competition. One of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s missions is to motivate, encourage and enhance the musical careers of outstanding young musicians, and to assist them by providing an opportunity to be a soloist with a professional orchestra. 


This year to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, all entered pieces must either be composed by Beethovencomposed by a contemporary of Beethoven’s (was alive at some point between 1770-1827), or  a more modern work directly inspired by Beethoven or one his works according to the composer.



Voice and instrumental students throughout the U.S. are encouraged to compete. Please read ALL of the information carefully before applying, and email if you have any questions.






  • Winners will perform as soloists with the OSO at the Reilly Arts Center on both Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM.
  • Winners will also receive a cash award of $1,000 presented as a check at the March performances.
  • Finalists from each division will receive a cash award of $150, presented during the Finals/Honors Recital on January 5, 2020.



  • Musicians ages 12-25 are eligible to compete. Applicants must be enrolled as music students, either with an educational institution or private teacher. This will be verified by the OSO administrators.
  • Junior Division = ages 12-18; Includes eighteen-year-old high school students.
  • Senior Division = ages 18-25; Includes eighteen-year-old post-high school students.



  • Application and working video audition link must be turned in before Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST - No exceptions! Audition videos are accepted via YouTube only. Link to the online application and link to pay the registration fee is located at the bottom of this application. 
  • A $25.00 non-refundable entry fee must be included for application to be fully submitted. Once the online application is submitted, a link will be presented for applicant to pay the $25 entry fee online, or you can click here
  • An application confirmation receipt will be sent within 48 hours of your application being received.
  • Applicants will be individually notified by Sunday, Dec. 8 at midnight (this has been updated) whether they have made the semi-finals or not.
  • Semi-Finalists will audition live in a second round on the morning on Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 and the Finals competition, in front of a live audience, will be held on Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM - both the Semi-Finals and Finals will be held at the Reilly Arts Center (500 NE 9th Street - Ocala, FL).



  • All contestants, finalists, and their families will receive complimentary tickets to the Honors Recital.
  • Winners will be required to attend up to two OSO rehearsals and the dress rehearsal in the Friday prior to the performances.  The music teachers of each winner are invited to attend all rehearsals.
  • Winners will receive four complimentary tickets for each February concert (16th and 17th). Additional tickets are available for purchase. All ticket requests must be placed three days before the concert. After the three days, requests may be placed one hour before the concert at the door.







  • This year, applicants must select pieces composed by Beethoven, a contemporary of Beethoven’s, or a more modern work directly inspired by Beethoven or one of his works according to the composer. Any selected piece must have readily available orchestral parts and be available for performance. Any questions regarding repertoire should be emailed to
  • Audition slots will only be 10 mins - accompanist cuts are encouraged to reduce audition time.
  • Concert performance duration should not exceed 20 minutes, and will be restricted to a single movement in most circumstances.
  • Applicants are responsible for their own expenses (i.e. travel), Those who audition in the Semi-Final round must provide an accompanist and  provide three copies of the piano score for the judges before their audition.
  • Previous winners are ineligible for competition, but all previous finalists are encouraged to audition.
  • Application constitutes the contestant’s authorization to use their name, photo, and biographical information in all forms of media used to promote OSO competitions and performances.
  • All decisions of the judges are final, and comments should be respected as constructive.


Click Here to Apply Online


Click Here to Pay Registration Fee 


If you have trouble with the online application, please contact