Ocala Symphony Orchestra

28th Annual Young Artist Competition



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The Ocala Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 28th Annual Young Artist Competition. One of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra's missions is to motivate and enhance the musical careers of outstanding young musicians, and to assist them by providing an opportunity to be a soloist with a full, professional orchestra. Download the Application here


Piano, voice and instrumental students throughout the U.S. are encouraged to compete. Please read ALL of the information carefully before applying, and call the OSO at (352) 351-1606 if you have any questions.




  • Winners will perform as soloists with the OSO at the Reilly Arts Center on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 7:30 PM AND Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 3:00 PM. 
  • Winners will also receive a cash award of $1,000 presented as a check at the February performances. 
  • Finalists from each division will receive a cash award of $150, presented during the Honors Recital.




  • 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.


Dates and Deadlines:


  • Written application and video audition will be due on Tuesday, December 11, 2018Audition videos are accepted via YouTube or other online formats. Links may also be sent to Pamela Calero, Executive Director, at pamela@reillyartscenter.com
  • A $25.00 non-refundable entry fee must be included with the application (checks made payable to the Ocala Symphony Orchestra). This fee will be refunded if the applicant is ineligible due to lack of criteria detailed below.
  • Verification e-mails and audition times will be sent after all applications have been processed. 
  • Applicants will be individually notified by Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Round Two: Semi-Finalists will audition live, for a panel of judges in a second round on the morning of Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Reilly.

Final Round: The final round, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Reilly.


Other Information: 

  • 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 week prior to the performances. The music teacher of each winner is invited to attend all rehearsals.
  • Winners will receive two 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 must be placed one hour before the concert at the door.




  • The applicant must be nominated for the audition by the appropriate applied teacher.
  • Memorization is not required, but those who perform from memory may have an advantage.
  • Winners and Finalists must perform their audition repertoire in the Honors Recital and for the February concerts. Applicants must select pieces that can be performed with orchestra and have readily available orchestra parts. 
  • Concert performance duration should not exceed 15 minutes. Audition: Accompaniment cuts are encouraged to reduce time slots to 8-10 minutes.
  • Applicants are responsible for their own expenses (i.e. travel), and must provide an accompanist, a complete original piano score, and one copy of the score or solo part at their auditions.
  • Previous winners are ineligible for the audition, but all previous finalists are encouraged to apply.
  • Application constitutes the contestant's authorization to use their name, photo and biographical information in all forms of media used to promote current and future competitions/performances.
  • All decisions of the judges are final, and comments should be respected as constructive.