THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
The Reilly Arts Center has been closely following the COVID-19 updates from the CDC, the Governor’s office, and our local health officials. The health of our community, patrons, staff, and local and national artists, is our top priority. After consulting with our event partners and following recommendations from Governor DeSantis’ office, several upcoming events will be affected. The decision to cancel or postpone events and its impact on our staff, artists, independent contractors, and affiliated business partners has weighed heavily on our minds. At the end of the day it is our responsibility to consider the Reilly’s role in the health of our entire community.
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Matthew Wardell, conductor
Viola - Senior Division Winner
Senior Division Winner of the Young Artist Competition 2020.
Gabe Galley has been playing viola for nine years and is currently in his first year as a Lynn Conservatory student. Since entering high school, he has found success in local, regional, and national orchestra competitions including Eastern Regionals, Allstate, NEMFA, All-East, and NAfME, whose festivals range from Vermont to Disney World. In addition to orchestral achievements, he also earned first prize in the CT-ASTA solo competition with the Walton viola concerto and performed the Stamitz viola concerto with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His professors have included Gabriel Remillard, Lu Friedman, and Ralph Fielding. While Gabe is keen on learning new solo repertoire on his own and at summer festivals such as the Tanglewood Institute and The Castleman Quartet Program, he maintains a strong passion for chamber music.
Cello - Junior Division Winner
Junior Division Winner of the Young Artist Competition 2020.
Bethany Bobbs is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College and the Perlman Music Program. Bethany studies cello with Sieun Lin and Astrid Schween, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Bethany made her piano solo orchestral debut at the age of 8, performing with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra. She made her cello solo orchestra debut at the age of 9, also performing with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra. As the winner of concerto competitions, Bethany has had the opportunity to solo with the Ambler Symphony, Yonkers Symphony, Delaware Symphony, New Jersey Intergenerational Symphony, Ambler Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, Nova Sinfonietta, Summit Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic Symphony, The Fort Bend Symphony, Brazosport Symphony, The Houston Symphony of the North, The Houston Youth Symphony, and The Sewanee Music Festival Orchestra twice as their concerto winner for two years in a row. In 2014, Bethany won 3rd place in the prestigious Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition as the youngest competitor. In 2016, Bethany won 1st place in the National Federation of Music Teachers Association Stillman Kelly Award, a national piano and instrumental competition, as well as the Mary Alice Cox Cello Award, their youngest winner on record. Recently Bethany won 1st place at the Vernell Gregg National Young Artist competition as well as the Ocala National Young Artist competition, and she looks forward to performing with these two symphonies. As a winner of the prestigious YoungArts program, Bethany had the honor to attend their New York regional program in 2019 and work with young artists, dancer, musicians and writers from across United States.
MATTHEW WARDELL (b. 1983) began his tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in 2009. When appointed Music Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Ocala Star Banner declared, “Wardell brings an impressive resume of musical and conducting training … Maybe more important than his musical credentials is Wardell’s youthful enthusiasm and unabashed zest … Wardell is not only a daring and dynamic choice as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor, but a smart one.”
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Wardell began his undergraduate work in percussion and composition at the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Music cum laude at the University of North Florida working under Charlotte Mabrey. Wardell continued his education by earning a Master of Music at the University of Florida and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree there with his mentor, Raymond Chobaz. Wardell has served as a guest conductor with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Gainesville Orchestra, Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Ocala Civic Theatre. In addition to purely orchestral pursuits, he thrives in the theatre and has appeared as conductor for the fully staged productions of A Little Night Music, La Bohème, Tosca, The Miraculous Mandarin, Phantom of the Opera, Susannah, The Impresario, Dido and Aeneas, Die Fledermaus, Sunday in the Park with George, and Camelot. As a composer, Wardell wrote music for the award-winning NPR podcast, Odd Ball, and co-wrote a new full-length score to the 1923 silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Wardell spent five summers at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine studying with Maestro Michael Jinbo. He was fortunate to have been recognized as both an Osher and Quimby Family Foundation scholar and serve several summers in Hancock as an Orchestra Assistant. Wardell has been selected and participated in masterclasses with Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops and BBC Orchestra, Thomas Cockrell of the University of Arizona, and studied for an extended time with conductor and composer Peter WesenAuer in Salzburg, Austria.
Matthew is a champion of all kinds of music. He believes programming traditionally core repertoire hand in hand with underrepresented composers and new music believing that good music is just that – good music. He is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League and has served on the boards of the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission (OMAC), Young Professionals of Ocala (YPO), and The Centers. In addition to his musical pursuits, Wardell is passionate about being involved in his community and served six years as an elected official on Ocala’s City Council from 2015 to 2021. He enjoys traveling, good company, and attending Jacksonville Jaguars games – and even once attended a game that the Jaguars won. In 2019, he married the love of his life and partner, Pamela Calero. Matthew and Pamela have one dog, Buckley, who is probably up to no good at this very moment.